Covid-19: Manufacturing sector to have two vaccination models, says FMM


  • Nation
  • Friday, 30 Apr 2021

PETALING JAYA: Two Covid-19 vaccination models will be introduced for those in the manufacturing sector and related services, says the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).

Its president Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai said the models were announced in a consultation session between the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) and trade associations and chambers on Monday (April 26).

They are the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Immunisation Model and the Private Immunisation Model (Special Request) for Business Travellers.

"The PPP model is targeted at local and foreign workers from manufacturing and related services sectors, based on the minimum threshold of 1,500 employees.

"It includes contractors or vendors working onsite and who already registered on MySejahtera for the vaccination, either per company or per site (a group of companies within a location/industrial estate coming together).

"In line with the PPP model, the government will cover the vaccine cost only, while companies will have to cover the administration cost including management of company panel or Protect Health-approved public doctors and the vaccine management centre according to Health Ministry (MOH) specifications.

"The second model is the Private Immunisation Model (Special Request) for Business Travellers, which is targeted at company employees who are either Malaysian or expatriate employment pass holders and members of boards of directors with proof of importance of travel, to be given priority vaccination for business purposes.

"Vaccination will be administered either by approved company panel, Protect Health panel doctors or a hospital/clinic identified by MOH, whereby the cost will have to be borne by the company. The government will only bear the cost of the vaccine," he said in a press statement on Friday (April 30).

Soh added that these models were agreed upon by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti), MOH and the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV).

Companies interested to participate in either model will need to email vaccine4industry@miti.gov.my.

Soh also said the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force for the manufacturing sector and related services, which comprises representatives of Miti, MOH and Mosti, will assess each application.

"At this point in time, we understand that Miti, MOH and Mosti are finalising the mechanisms to expedite both models, including identifying the necessary infrastructure and logistical solutions, as well as the costs to be borne by participating companies.

"We urge the manufacturing sector to do our part by supporting the vaccination programme for manufacturing and related services for the wellbeing of all and the economy as a whole," he said.

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