KJ: Factory workers’ turn when there are enough vaccines


PETALING JAYA: The manufacturing sector’s Covid-19 vaccination programme will start only when there is adequate vaccine supply in the country, says Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) coordinating minister said this in response to talk that a separate vaccination programme was being carried out for industries and companies, with Covid-19 jabs specially given for their workers.

He clarified that the programme for the manufacturing sector that was being publicised by the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) had not yet commenced.

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

Khairy said the programme for the manufacturing sector aimed at arranging for vaccinations at big industrial sites or factories.

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

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

Previously, the FMM said that two vaccination models were announced in a consultation 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.

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