Vaccination for workers in industries fast-tracked

Hasni (second from right, standing) talking to a recipient of a Covid-19 vaccine under Johor Vaccine Immunisation Programme at KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital in Johor Baru.

JOHOR is targeting to vaccinate a million workers from the manufacturing, retail and tourism sectors under the initial stage of a Johor Vaccine Immunisation Programme (JVIP).

Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the programme aims to curb the spread of Covid-19 within the community, especially among workers.

The programme is one of the initiatives by the state government to support and complement the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“JVIP is a paid vaccination programme, which costs RM350 for two doses and involves both local and foreign workers,” said Hasni after launching it at KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital at Jalan Abdul Samad in Johor Baru.

He said state-linked company Johor Biotechnology and Biodiversity Corporation had been appointed as a facilitator for JVIP in cooperation with Pharmaniaga Bhd via Seaview Healthtech Sdn Bhd as the distributor of the Sinovac vaccine.

Hasni said KPJ Healthcare Bhd would act as a provider of the vaccination centre (PPV) involving seven specialist hospitals under its stable in Johor.

The hospitals are KPJ Johor Specialist, KPJ Bandar Dato’ Onn, KPJ Pasir Gudang and KPJ Puteri which are all in Johor Baru, KPJ Batu Pahat, KPJ Bandar Maharani Muar and KPJ Kluang.

“We have plans to extend JVIP to private clinics and general practitioners statewide for individuals,” he added.

There are presently three types of vaccine provided under the programme namely Sinovac, Sinopharm and CanSino, with plans to offer other types in the future.

“We hope the programme will assist in speeding up the vaccination rate in the state,’’ he said.

Hasni noted that although 96% of the adult population in Johor had registered for the Covid-19 vaccine, the vaccination rate was still quite low.

He said as of Aug 5, 19% of the adult population in Johor were fully vaccinated, while 47.6% had received at least one dose.

Separately, Hasni said the state government had proposed to the National Security Council (NSC) in a special meeting to allow Malaysian workers who had been fully vaccinated in Singapore to undergo home quarantine.

“They should be allowed to do the compulsory 14-day quarantine at home instead of spending two weeks at designated quarantine centres in Johor Baru,” he said.

Hasni said while NSC had agreed verbally to the proposal, Johor government hoped to receive an official nod soon.

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