Immunisation scheme for factory staff to be launched

PETALING JAYA: Program Imunisasi Industri Covid-19 Kerjasama Awam-Swasta (Pikas), which involves voluntary immunisation for employees in the manufacturing sector, will be launched on Wednesday as Phase Four of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

There would be on-site vaccination at designated factories and industrial locations, said International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

“Companies in critical manufacturing sub-sectors including electrical and electronics, food processing, iron and steel, medical devices, personal protective equipment (PPE), oil and gas and rubber products, including medical glove manufacturing sub-sectors, will be prioritised,” he said.

In a statement yesterday, the ministry said it would be coordinating the immunisation for employees in the manufacturing sector while other ministries would be responsible for vaccination of employees in their respective sectors.

“Pikas was initiated in response to calls from industry associations, business chambers of commerce and small and medium enterprises to help the government accelerate immunisation,” it added.

The statement quoted Azmin as saying the sectors were critical in supporting the supply chain of essential products and services as well as the construction, maintenance and smooth functioning of critical infrastructure, including utilities and public healthcare.

He said the ministry had received applications from about 500 companies with a total of 106,591 workers to take part in Pikas.

“Other interested companies are welcome to submit their applications through their industry associations and business chambers of commerce,” he said.

Azmin said factors such as whether the company was in a Covid-19 red zone would be considered.

“Companies are subject to terms and conditions that include employees having registered with MySejahtera,” he said.

Azmin added that employers should not deduct employee salaries for administration fees, which are paid to the private general practitioners and for usage of private vaccine administration centres.

“This includes cases where the employee is no longer employed by the company before full immunisation of the employee,” he said.

“The government is committed to ensuring employees have free vaccines under Pikas, supported by the private sector in administering vaccines utilising private medical practitioners.”

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