KUALA LUMPUR: Carlsberg Malaysia has fully sponsored the vaccinations against the Covid-19 for 600 employees and third-party vendors as it seeks to have 100% of its on-sitework force fully vaccinated by the end of July or early August.
In a statement on Friday, the brewer said it wanted to provide a safe workplace in preparation for reopening when permitted and also heeding the call of herd immunity as a viable step towards national economic recovery.
Under the Selangor Vaccine Programme (Selvax), the brewer’s Klang Valley-based employees and contractors received their first Sinovac dose at Tropicana Gardens Mall in Petaling Jaya on July 9.
This batch of vaccine recipients included all personnel involved in brewing, production and logistics at the company’s Shah Alam headquarters who will also receive their second dose on July 30 after the recommended 21-day interval, thus completing their vaccination course.
“Working with its vaccination provider Selgate Health Sdn Bhd (SelCare), the brewer is also arranging for the rest of its employees throughout Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak to receive their vaccinations at local clinics nationwide starting this month,” it said.
Carlsberg Malaysia said that boosted by the company’s vaccination drive, 99% of its employees nationwide are already in line for appointments or have had their first vaccine doses at the minimum via the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) and Selvax programmes.
Carlsberg Malaysia managing director Stefano Clini said the company has fully complied with the government’s directive to suspend production operations since the full Movement Control Order commenced in June.
“Our sponsorship and enrolment of employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated by July 31 is a definitive step towards the reopening of our brewery when permitted, focusing on employees essential for normal factory operations and those who have yet to receive vaccination appointments under PICK.”
“In our shared fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, we have committed to lead with care and have put the safety of our people and our immediate communities as our highest priority, which in turn affirms our ongoing commitments to product integrity, safe workplaces, and operational readiness to reopen as soon as practically possible.
“Our strict adherence to health and safety protocols and pandemic countermeasures at the brewery have resulted in zero workplace clusters since the start of the pandemic in March 2020,” added Clini.