KUALA LUMPUR: Companies will not be allowed to transfer the cost of Covid-19 vaccinations to workers under the nationwide Program Immunisasi Industri Covid-19 Kerjasama Awam-Swasta (Pikas), says Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
The International Trade and Industry Minister said companies seeking to participate in the programme will have to agree not to dock workers' salaries or make deductions to offset the cost of vaccines or related costs.
"We will make it a condition for the companies under the programme," he said.
"The companies will also have to bear administration, support personnel and security costs, which also cannot be passed down to the workers," he told reporters at a press conference after accompanying Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to witness the vaccination process at Texas Instruments here on Wednesday (June 16).
He added that the companies would also shoulder the responsibility of ensuring workers in the programme complete the vaccination process.
"The company must also ensure that workers who have taken their first dose but are no longer with the company will receive their second dose," he said.
Azmin said that some 150,000 doses of vaccines would be made available under the Pikas pilot programme.
So far, he said more than 500 companies with 106,591 workers had applied to take part.
Azmin said that manufacturers under the programme will have the option of setting up their own vaccination facilities at their respective plants.
Alternatively, he said the companies could send their workers to any of the six vaccination centres located throughout the country.
Azmin also said the Pikas programme was open to foreign workers too.
Earlier, Muhyiddin told reporters that the Pikas rollout was done simultaneously in Selangor, Penang, Johor and Sarawak.
Also present at the event were Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.