PETALING JAYA: The move to charge RM50 for each retail worker to get their Covid-19 vaccination under the Economic Frontliners Vaccination Programme has received conflicting reactions on social media.
Facebook user Amryn Malek said that the move initiated by the Malaysia Shopping Malls Association (MSMA) to vaccinate its workers and staff is fair as it will allow them to get it much faster.
"Quite fair for MSMA to volunteer on a private initiative with a minimal cost of RM50. If you want it for free then please wait for your MySejahtera turn," he commented on social media.
Similarly, Ong Siew Ai welcomed the MSMA move as it will complement the government's move to quickly vaccinate the general public.
"Good move. Imagine how long will these frontliners - who are mostly in their 20s - have to wait at MySejahtera for their turn?
"I hope these mall vaccination centers will also open to the public too. It will ease the Health Ministry's burden and expedite the much-needed vaccination rollout," she said.
JC Chew said that he would not mind paying RM50 to get it earlier.
"Ok, ok, I will pay RM50, faster please," he said.
However, some disagreed with the move, saying that everyone should get it for free instead.
Facebook user SK Chiam said that it was illogical to charge retail workers.
"It has to be free," he said.
Mohd Ali HT said that it was only fair to give Covid-19 vaccinations free of charge, as done in other countries.
"Why must we pay to get the vaccines? If the association wants early vaccination then they are they one who should be paying for it," said Mohd Ali
May Wong agreed, saying that vaccinations should be given free to all.
"Not even any minimal charge for administration is required," she said.
Meanwhile, user Wei Tak Choo also urged the government to expedite the national vaccination process to help all Malaysians get vaccinated.
On Wednesday (June 3), the MSMA said retail workers will be charged RM50 each to defray the cost of receiving both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine under the Economic Frontliners Vaccination Programme.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had earlier said it was working with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to roll out the Economic Frontliners Vaccination Programme for the retail sector this month.
Its minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said as economic frontliners, the retail sector was crucial in ensuring that the supply of food and daily necessities were always sufficient to meet market demands.