More PPV to be opened to ramp up Pikas

PETALING JAYA: More vaccine dispensing centres (PPV) will be opened to ramp up the implementation of Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas), says the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti).

“The opening of more PPV aims to speed up the vaccination programme for manufacturing sector workers,” Miti said in a statement on Twitter.

As of Saturday, 298,306 employees have received their first dose while 28,596 have been fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong (pic) said currently there were 12 common and 22 on-site Pikas PPV throughout the country and 1.3 million employees were projected to be vaccinated under the programme.

“The employees are from 7,053 companies that have registered so far.

“We hope more Pikas PPV will be opened soon so the process of inoculating industrial workers can be expedited,” he told reporters after visiting the Pikas common PPV at Bayou Convention Centre in Melaka yesterday.

Lim said the Pikas PPV at Bayou Lagoon Resort, which begins operating today, was expected to vaccinate 1,500 employees daily.

He added that 70,952 employees from 613 companies in Melaka have submitted their application under Pikas as of Saturday.

Lim added that the common PPV would manage vaccinations for more than one company while the on-site PPV were specifically opened for factories with over 1,000 employees.

“This is to reduce the movements of many workers to other PPV and the setting up of these on-site PPV will be considered based on the requirement,” he said.

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