Khairy: Manufacturing sector vaccination programme will only start when there's enough supply


PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 vaccination programme for the manufacturing sector will only start when there are enough vaccine supplies in the country, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister said the programme being publicised by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has yet to begin.

“This programme will only commence when there are enough vaccines for the general public in phase three, not when vaccines are in short supply.

“If you look closely, this (sign-up) is just for expression of interest. This has not started, ” he said in a series of tweets on Friday (May 7).

HIs tweets were in response to comments and claims that a separate vaccination programme was being carried out especially for industries and companies.

Some comments were accompanied by a screenshot of FMM’s notice on the two Covid-19 vaccination models that will be offered to the manufacturing sector and its related services.

Khairy clarified that the vaccination programme for the manufacturing sector is aimed at arranging for vaccinations at big industrial sites or factories in the future.

“This will prevent factory workers from having to come to vaccine administration centres, and for vaccinations to be done in situ instead.

“This will only commence when there are enough vaccines for phase three.

“This programme will be rolled out via a public-private partnership where factories will pay for the cost of setting up vaccination sites and medical staff, and the government provides vaccines," he explained.

Previously, FMM said two vaccination models were announced in a consultation session between companies and the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

One model is targeted at local and foreign workers with a minimum threshold of 1,500 employees, while the other model is targeted at business travellers.

It added that companies interested to participate in either model could email vaccine4industry@miti.gov.my.

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