Covid-19 Watch: 8,000 Melaka retail sector workers to get jabs from mid-August

ALOR GAJAH (Bernama): Approximately 8,000 workers in the retail sector in Melaka are expected to get vaccinated against Covid-19 through the Retail Industry Vaccination (RiVAC) programme starting in the middle of this month.

State unity, community relations, manpower and consumer affairs committee chairman Datuk Ismail Othman said the vaccination programme under a Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry initiative would be held at the Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall here.

“The implementation of the RiVAC programme is aimed at complementing the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme to mitigate infection and to ensure that workers in the retail sector could get vaccinated as soon as possible so as to create a safer working environment for them,” he said on Monday (Aug 2).

After observing a vaccination outreach programme at Ayer Limau in Lubok China here, Ismail said vaccine recipients under RiVAC would comprise all hypermarket and supermarket workers, cashiers, management teams, security guards and cleaners.

On a related matter, he said implementation of the Community Vaccine Mobilisation programme in Melaka has also been intensified especially in rural areas to ensure that senior citizens and those who do not have smartphones or access to the Internet would not be left behind.

The programme's first phase was conducted in Kuala Sungai Baru, Kuala Linggi, Machap, Selandar, Asahan and Ayer Limau before moving to the second phase involving other areas such as Rim and Sungai Rambai.

So far, 3,000 people had received vaccine shots under the programme. – Bernama

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