Govt, corporations and NGOs join forces to boost Covid-19 vaccine sign-ups

PETALING JAYA: The government will collaborate with corporate and non-governmental organisations to encourage more Malaysians to register for the Covid-19 vaccine.

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Pos Malaysia, Grab Malaysia, Parkson Corporation, Living Minds and St John Ambulance of Malaysia will work with the government to raise awareness of the vaccine and encourage more people to register.

"The expectation from this partnership is an increase in the number of registrations," he told a press conference after launching the collaboration on Wednesday (March 31).

"The priority for all the partners is to utilise their channels - whether through delivery, retail, the NGO sector or athletes who are influencers - to convince and influence people to register for the vaccination," he said, adding that this should contribute to an increase in registrations.

He said Pos Malaysia, for example, will send flyers door to door with emphasis on rural areas and states where vaccine registration is low.

In the collaboration with Grab, he said its app would have a direct link to MySejahtera to make the vaccine registration process easier.

"We will also have further discussions with Grab on how we can map out vaccination centres to ensure that people with appointments will find it easy to get e-hailing services to and fro, ” he added.

Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said retail giant Parkson will set up registration counters in 20 of its stores.

St John Ambulance, Khairy said, will set up registration counters in 15 locations during its blood donation drive that is ongoing until May 30.

Ambulance and medical teams will also be available to vaccination centres should they be needed, he added.

For Living Minds, a local sports marketing company, Khairy said 12 footballers under its management will be vaccination ambassadors to help spread the message through their network and social media platforms.

Also at the launch were Parkson Corporation Sdn Bhd group chief executive Tan Sri William Cheng, Pos Malaysia CEO Syed Md Najib Syed Md Noor, St John Ambulance of Malaysia president Datuk Lai See Ming, Grab Malaysia operations director Rashid Shukor, and Living Minds operations director Vivek Sasheendran.

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