PUTRAJAYA: More than 200,000 workers in the retail and distribution industry have registered to be vaccinated under the retail industry programme (RiVAC), which kicked off on Monday (July 26).
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the registration of a total of 226,353 workers so far was made via 4,033 companies.
He said five RiVAC vaccination centres in the Klang Valley have begun operations this week.
They are located at the Mid Valley Exhibition Centre and Maju Link in Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur, the IOI City Tower in Putrajaya. In Selangor, the centres are at the Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre in Bandar Utama and the Centro Mall in Klang.
He added that a vaccination centre under the RiVAC programme will be opened at Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka on Aug 1.
“The retail, distribution and services sectors are crucial components of the economy. These sectors are affected by the movement control order, where almost all retail businesses are not allowed to operate except for essential services.
“The ministry hopes to expedite the vaccination of frontliners in the retail sector to allow businesses to reopen and to fully operate earlier under the National Recovery Plan,” he added on Wednesday (July 28).
Nanta said his ministry is looking at the possibility of extending RiVAC vaccination facilities to areas outside the Klang Valley, particularly in Johor and Penang.
“We urge all in the retail and distribution sector including supermarkets, grocery stores, mini-markets, petrol stations, restaurants, workshops, hardware stores, barber and hair salons to participate in the RiVAC programme and register their employees for vaccination as soon as possible,” he said.
As of July 27, 2,348 people received their first vaccine dose at the RiVAC vaccination centre in Mid Valley, while IOI City Mall saw 1,206 individuals receiving their first dose and another 779 people were vaccinated at PJPAC One Utama.