PETALING JAYA: Workers in the Pahang tourism sector were vaccinated by the state Covid-19 Action Task Force (CITF) only after the first dose of immunisation for frontliners listed in the first phase priority group was completed, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister explained that in Pahang, workers in the tourism sector involving 56 hotels in Kuantan, Genting Highlands, Jerantut, Raub, Mentakab, Bentong, Bukit Tinggi and Bukit Fraser were vaccinated by the the state CITF.
“This decision was made after Pahang completed the first dose of vaccinations for all recipients listed in the first phase priority group.
“The federal-level CITF only found out about the state's decision once they began vaccinating that group," he said in a statement issued Wednesday (April 28).
Responding to allegations on social media, Khairy also said it was untrue that he, in his capacity as minister, had ordered that staff members of Genting Group be vaccinated against Covid-19.
He said the vaccination process was done according to SOPs set by the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).
“I deny issuing any such orders. As mentioned before, the first group of vaccine recipients in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme was done according to SOPs issued by JKJAV on March 1, ” he said.
Khairy explained that during the first phase of the national immunisation programme, vaccination appointments were managed by the Covid-19 Action Task Force (CITF) in the respective states across the country.
“However, there are certain states that assume they can vaccinate other groups after vaccinating recipients in the first phase.”
Following the incident, Khairy said he wrote a letter to the Pahang state government on April 12 regarding the decision to vaccinate those in the tourism sector.
“Until any other groups are listed, the earlier decision on the priority list (frontliners) stands, ” he added.