Ensure success of immunisation plan, bosses urged

PETALING JAYA: Bosses have been urged to support and cooperate with the agencies concerned to ensure the success of the national immunisation plan, says the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF).

Its president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman gave the thumbs up to the government for its comprehensive policies and plans, including the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP), to reduce the number of infections with a view towards achieving zero cases in the near future.

“The government has clearly laid out its roadmap in the NIP Handbook.

“As employers, we eagerly anticipate its swift and orderly implementation with the hope that our country and our economy could finally be on the road to full recovery, ” Syed Hussain said.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Tuesday that the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine would arrive in the country on Feb 21 and the rollout of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme would begin on Feb 26.

Almost 27 million or over 80% of Malaysia’s population are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the first quarter of 2022.

The MEF president, however, raised concerns over some of the challenges that employers might face during the deployment stage of the immunisation programme.

“The main challenge for employers is to release their staff and ensure that all efforts are made to vaccinate employees, including foreign workers, ” he said.

“The Covid-19 spreads indiscriminately and it is crucial to ensure that employees and foreign workers are treated equally, and that no one is being left out, ” he said.

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