Board members and senior management of Maybank have chipped in over RM2.27mil to fund logistical and operational costs of Covid-19 vaccinations for the B40 community.
The programme will be carried out through Mercy Malaysia’s Covid-19 immunisation surge capacity operation.
Maybank chairman Tan Sri Zamzamzairani Mohd Isa said, “This fund collection was an idea that began earlier this year with a purpose of ensuring that the most vulnerable have access to vaccines to develop herd immunity as soon as possible.
“We realised that many from this segment needed to obtain vaccinations quickly given that they are breadwinners, working on the front line or living in areas that do not have immediate access to health services.
“Additionally, we are conscious of the many homeless in the city, particularly within the proximity of our head office in Kuala Lumpur, who can be easily exposed to infection by the virus.”
Zamzamzairani said that at a time when all efforts were being made to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Maybank board and senior management felt it was crucial for those within vulnerable communities not to be missed out.
“Given that we are now able to lend a hand towards enhancing vaccination efforts across the country, we want to take this opportunity to help those most in need to have the necessary access to Covid-19 prevention measures,” he said.
The programme aims to administer a minimum of 225,000 vaccines (for 112,500 persons) from now until December 2021 — to help expedite the country’s immunisation process among identified vulnerable communities and those with limited accessibility.
The vaccines will be provided by the government as per the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) process.
The programme will be carried out by leveraging current ProtectHealth Corporation vaccination platforms under PICK in selected states in peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. It will be through mobile vaccine administration centres (PPVs) for underserved communities including urban and rural poor, Orang Asli, homeless and marginalised communities, outreach vaccination (house visits) focusing on people who have limited access to PPV or have restricted mobility including the bedridden, disabled and sick, and static PPV with Mercy Malaysia as the healthcare organiser.
Meanwhile, Maybank group chief human capital officer Datuk Nora Manaf said everyone had a role to play in significantly reducing cases while learning to go about their lives safely by observing new interaction rules. In line with this, Maybank group has continuously encouraged its employees to do their part in the fight against Covid-19.
“From ensuring they are made aware of safety and health protocols to protect themselves, our customers and communities, to encouraging them to live a healthy lifestyle and being a force of good in their communities, we want them to live out our purpose of humanising financial services each day.
“Like all Malaysians, we look forward to coming out economically and socially stronger and better from the pandemic, so that together we can work for a brighter and more sustainable future for all,” she added.