Vaccination for wholesale market traders tomorrow

About 1, 000 traders and workers at Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur will be vaccinated this Sunday. - Filepic

SOME 1, 000 traders at Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur in Selayang are expected to receive their Covid-19 vaccination through the MYMedic@Wilayah Vaccine Mobile Truck programme tomorrow.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said preparations have been made for traders and their workers at the market.

“All workers at the market will be vaccinated this Sunday, ” he tweeted.

On June 12, Annuar said that traders and workers at the wholesale market and all other daily markets in Kuala Lumpur would be vaccinated under the programme.

The group, he had said, was made up of individuals who were at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

“We cannot afford to stop operations although the markets have hundreds of cases.

“They (markets) have been listed in the second phase of the programme, where mobile trucks will go directly to the locations to administer vaccines, ” he had said.

It is also understood that traders at the Selayang daily market would be vaccinated on Monday.

Kuala Lumpur Fruits Wholesalers Association president Chin Nyuk Moy said they hope that with the vaccination, there would no longer be disruptions to market operations.

“We have had to close several times since the pandemic started as positive cases were detected among the workers.

“We are glad that at least traders and workers will be able to work in a safer environment soon, ” she said when contacted.

Chin added that details of the vaccination exercise were being finalised by the Federal Territories Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Kuala Lumpur Vegetable Wholesalers Association president Wong Keng Fatt welcomed the move to have the MyMedic vaccine trucks at Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur for their members to get vaccinated.

“We have already submitted the names of our members and our workers for the vaccine, ” he said.

Wong added that such an arrangement would benefit traders who would not have to go to different vaccination centres.

“We were told to fill up a form to register for the vaccine.

“The mobile vaccine trucks will be convenient as the traders just need to get onto the trucks to be vaccinated, ” he said.

Since last year, vegetable, fruit and seafood wholesalers at the market have been plagued by sudden closures each time there was a surge in Covid-19 infections there.

The most recent closure was from May 9 to 17, following the discovery of Covid-19 positive cases among several seafood traders.

It was the third time the market had been closed since last year.

The first time was in April 2020, and the second was in January this year.

In January, DBKL imposed stricter standard operating procedure after several Covid-19 cases were reported.

Apart from their identification documents at the entrance, both Malaysians and foreigners had to show a negative Covid-19 test result before they were allowed to enter the market premises.

A tent was also set up at the entrance of the wholesale market for health authorities to conduct the Covid-19 RT-PCR test on traders and the antigen test on customers who had not been tested previously.

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