‘Prioritising economic frontliners the way forward’

JOHOR’s Covid-19 vaccination programme for economic frontliners, — the Johor Immunity Planning System (IMMUPlan) — is welcomed by many groups as it will increase the vaccination rate.

Johor Malay Non-governmental Organisations Coalition Council president Zaini Atan said kicking off the IMMUPlan, which would cover Malaysians with a valid work permit or job offer letter as well as employer letter in Singapore, was timely.

“The only thing that people worry about is their vaccination date, as many have not received their jabs.

“The move by the state government is welcomed as it gives assurance to those waiting for their jabs that they will be vaccinated soon,” he added.

Johor South SME advisor Teh Kee Sin said the state government must ensure there were enough vaccines for the IMMUPlan to reach its objective.

“We do not want vaccination centres to temporarily close due to vaccine shortages as this will disrupt efforts to reach herd immunity.

“Small and medium enterprises will support the programme as their workers can get vaccinated,” he said.

Johor Indian and Petty Traders Association president D. Ravindran said it was a good move to prioritise economic frontliners.

He said this was due to the fact that new Covid-19 cases were being recorded at workplaces, especially factories.

“This will help address public concerns as there has been a spike of cases in Johor,” he added.

Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar is confident that the IMMUPlan programme will help speed up herd immunity in Johor.

“Once we achieve herd immunity, the next target should be opening up the border with Singapore as it has been closed for more than a year due to the pandemic,” he added.

Sivakumar said opening the border was a key step in reviving businesses in Johor, especially in the state capital.

A statement on the IMMUPlan Facebook page states that vaccination for those eligible will be scheduled daily based on their date of registration.

“The IMMUPlan programme scheduling will be done through the MySejahtera app for people to check the location, time and date,” the statement read.

Those who registered for the programme are advised to check MySejahtera for their vaccination appointment dates.

“Vaccinations will be done daily until all eligible economic frontliners have been vaccinated,” it said.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad had previously announced that the state would be getting 300,000 doses of additional vaccine supply by the end of July.

He said this would bring the total number of doses for Johor to 1.24 million.

“With the additional vaccines, we can give up to 50,000 shots per day,” he added.

So far, some 110,000 names are registered and screened as the state government cross-checks with MySejahtera to ensure there are no overlaps.

“This will help Johor reach its target of having 80% of its population vaccinated by October,” said Hasni.

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