Jabs for 55,000 workers from Aug 5


KUALA LUMPUR: Another 55,000 construction workers in Penang and Johor are expected to be vaccinated when Phase Two of the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (CIVac) kicks off on Aug 5.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the registration for the vaccination was opened on July 12 with 30,000 slots allocated for the workers in Penang and 25,000 in Johor.

“Right now, all slots in Johor are fully booked, while the registration in Penang is still ongoing as only 22,800 slots have been booked so far.

“The vaccination process will be carried out from Aug 5 to Sept 15,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

CIVac is the Covid-19 vaccination programme for the workers in the construction industry, an initiative under the Works Ministry to speed up the vaccination rate among the economic frontliners in order to reduce Covid-19 infection clusters involving workplaces.

Phase One of CIVac began on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, targeting 40,000 local and foreign construction workers.

He added that the ministry is in the midst of applying for more vaccine supply from the National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force to meet the demand of 300,000 construction workers. — Bernama

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