PETALING JAYA: Thousands of Malaysians working as cross-border delivery personnel between Singapore and Malaysia will get Covid-19 vaccines from the Singaporean government, says Health Minister Datuk Dr Adham Baba.
He said the Singaporean authorities alerted them yesterday via SMS that they would be given the vaccines as part of the country’s vaccination programme.
“The Singapore Health Ministry has put up this notice on their website and we have confirmed this with the Singapore IHR Focal Point.”
Malaysia has no details of the recipients, he said.
He said those who have been offered the vaccine should accept the immunisation, otherwise they might not be allowed into Singapore.
He said they should take the vaccines as it is given out free of charge.
He also said those who have taken the vaccines should inform the Health Ministry so that the authorities can tidy up their records if they had already registered with MySejahtera app.
They can call the authorities at 03-8883 3952 between 9am and 5pm daily or email email@example.com to alert them that they have been inoculated, said Dr Adham.
He said those who have received the vaccines in Singapore would not be eligible for a second vaccine in Malaysia.
“We have an average of 3,000 to 4,000 cross-border delivery personnel entering Singapore daily. This number is only the daily average of lorry drivers and their assistants, ” said Dr Adham.
Health Ministry data showed between Jan 22 and 29 this year, 19 out of the 33,931 lorry drivers and assistants who were screened for Covid-19 tested positive at the international gates in Johor Baru at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and Sultan Abu Bakar Complex.