Covid-19: Govt seeking out UNHCR cardholders for vaccination


PUTRAJAYA: The authorities will identify areas and settlements where United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cardholders reside so that they will be included in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

The Home Minister said they would work closely with the body in charge of the vaccination programme to ensure cardholders in the country – believed to number about 180, 000 – are also vaccinated.

"When we know who the cardholders are and their settlements, it will help to ensure that they will get inoculated," he said at a press conference on Saturday (June 12).

Hamzah also said he hoped non-governmental organisations would aid the government by getting the list of cardholders from the UNHCR.

He said they had yet to receive the list despite requesting for it.

The Home Ministry was informed that there are currently 178, 715 UNHCR cardholders in the country.

Hamzah also said that some 2.5 million foreigners in the country with various documents issued by the government and third parties such as the UNHCR would be vaccinated.

"This also includes foreigners serving prison sentences as well as those in Immigration depots," he said.

Aside from UNHCR cardholders, foreigners who will be vaccinated include permanent residents (268, 419), temporary residents (8, 801), entry permit pass holders (22, 581), students (36, 559) and work permit holders which make up the bulk of the 1, 403, 409 total number of foreigners in the country.

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