Khairy: Onus on employers to register migrant workers, regardless of status, for vaccination


PETALING JAYA: The employers of migrant workers will be responsible for registering them for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The programme's coordinating minister said employers must be responsible if their workers had proper documentation, lapsed documentation or were undocumented.

For refugees, Khairy said the authorities will work with the Home Ministry.

“For refugees who carry the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards, we will work with the United Nations to vaccinate them. This will take place during phase three.

“For migrant workers in factories and in industries, these workers will also be vaccinated in phase three and during the economic sector phase which will probably start in June when we have enough vaccine supplies, ” he told a press conference on Monday (April 19).

Asked what the government would do to increase confidence among refugees and migrant workers that there would be no repercussions if they come forward to be vaccinated, Khairy said the authorities have to prove this by their actions.

“I think one key step towards increasing confidence among refugees is the demonstration effect.

"Once we start working with NGOs and UNHCR to vaccinate refugees, they will see that they can come forward to be vaccinated without facing any consequences.

"The word will spread and they will be more confident to come to be vaccinated, ” he said.

Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, had earlier given migrant workers an assurance that the government will not arrest anyone who comes forward to be vaccinated.

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