PETALING JAYA: All staff, including local subcontractors and suppliers working on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, says China Communications Construction (CCC) Sdn Bhd.
CCC said it aimed to completely vaccinate the entire ECRL workforce by the end of September, which includes all its personnel working at 164 locations and excavation works for 10 tunnels.
"This initiative is essential to prevent delays in the project's progress caused by stringent onsite SOPs, including less manpower and shorter working hours, and material delivery delays consequential to the movement control order (MCO) imposed in various states," it said.
Qualitas Health Group's Dr Mohd Fauzi Hassan also stressed the importance of vaccinating everyone on site in order to ensure a safer work environment.
"The awareness to get inoculated amongst the people is high in Terengganu," said Dr Mohd Fauzi, who is in charge of CCC-ECRL's vaccination exercise.
Dr Mohd Fauzi said the turn-out rate among CCC-ECRL workers was good.
CCC-ECRL also noted that vaccines were provided by the Covid-19 Immunisation Taskforce (CITF), but all costs involved in the vaccination process.was borned by CCC-ECRL and asset owner of the ECRL project, Malaysia rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL).
Among the costs involved were set-up costs for industry vaccination centres and administrative fees for private medical general practitioners and healthcare personnel.
CCC also said the vaccination initiative was well-received by its local subcontractors and suppliers.
Kinetic Builders Site Engineer Muhammad Aidil Ariff Ahmat said his company sent more than 60 of its workers to be vaccinated at the Chukai industry vaccination centre (PPVIN).
He said operation costs during the pandemic had increased significantly to purchase Covid-19 tests and prevention consumables.
"It is also more difficult for us to get sufficient manpower. We are grateful that the CCC-ECRL is helping us with the vaccination of our workers – it is a much-needed relief for us.
"This is also a good initiative to help the East Coast to achieve herd immunity," added Muhammad.
Another subcontractor Sungai Bakap Enterprise Blasting Engineer Nagen Thran also commended CCC-ECRL's initiative.
"The pandemic brought unforeseen challenges in obtaining equipment and accessories from suppliers.
"This vaccination programme provided by CCC-ECRL allows my workers to get vaccinated earlier and easier," he said.
CCC-ECRL said the vaccination campaign was approved by the Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas) and it was carried out at the ECRL Dungun and Chukai Base Camps in Terengganu, and CIDB Kuantan in August and September.
Meanwhile, CCC-ECRL also said its employees in Klang Valley were vaccinated earlier in July and August under the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (Civac) at the CIDB convention centre.