Companies offering incentives to workers to get vaccinated

GEORGE TOWN: To meet the 80% target of vaccinated industry employees in Penang, companies here are offering incentives to workers to get vaccinated.

Free Industrial Zone Penang Companies’ Association (Frepenca) committee member Datuk Heng Huck Lee said companies had no right to make their employees get vaccinated, but they could encourage them.

“We can encourage them by offering them a day off when they are vaccinated.

“We cannot force employees and their hesitation is usually based on the brands of vaccines and not so much of whether or not to be vaccinated.

“We do keep encouraging employees to be vaccinated by educating them on the protection that comes with being vaccinated.

“Those who have been hesitant to be vaccinated usually do not want any brand of vaccine.

“They are usually just a small percentage of people,” he said.

Heng said some companies give goodie bags to employees once they were vaccinated.

Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Penang chairman Datuk Jimmy Ong said incentives and compulsory vaccination programmes depend on individual companies.

“It is not practised by all but some companies try to reach the 80% mark by offering days off or monetary rewards.

“The Federal Government has not released the ruling for factories yet but they are expecting it to be that 80% of the employees must be vaccinated. It is voluntary, so some employees might be hesitant or opt out, so the company is trying to encourage them by offering incentives,” he said.

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