by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
THE government is collaborating with corporates and NGOs to encourage more Malaysians to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (picture) said Pos Malaysia Bhd, Grab Malaysia, Parkson Corp Sdn Bhd, Living Minds Sdn Bhd and St John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) will join forces with the government to raise awareness of the vaccine.
Khairy, who is also the coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), said these partnerships are expected to increase the number of vaccine registrations for Covid-19 in the country.
“The priority for all the partners is to utilise their ubiquitous presence by distributing flyers door-to-door in rural areas and states with low registration rates, whether through delivery, retail, the NGO sector or athletes who are also influencers.
“We hope this effort will convince and influence more people in the country to register for the vaccination,” he said in a virtual media briefing after launching the corporate collaboration for PICK yesterday.
Under the collaboration, he said Pos Malaysia will launch a special Covid-19 stamp edition to appreciate frontliners and a #BersamaMencegahCovid-19 campaign to boost vaccine registration.
He added that Pos Malaysia will also send flyers door-to-door, while delivering parcels to their customers.
“Information posters on vaccination are also provided at post offices throughout Malaysia.
“In the meantime, Pos Malaysia’s social media platform will also be used to channel information on the immunisation programme to the public,” he noted.
The minister also said he will be happy to consider the request from Pos Malaysia to categorise postmen as frontliners to be inoculated in the near future.
Meanwhile, in collaboration with Grab Malaysia, Khairy said the e-hailing provider will display advertisements on their application, in which it will have a direct link to MySejahtera to facilitate people on the vaccine registration process.
“Additionally, Grab will provide updated and accurate information about the vaccination programme via its application to users.
“We are also planning to discuss further on how we can map out vaccination centres and ensure those with appointments can easily get e-hailing rides from their homes.
“We hope that we can utilise a similar partnership that we had during the SEA Games previously to identify drop-off points for vaccination centres,” he added.
Khairy also noted that Grab drivers will be considered to be included in the upcoming phases of vaccination, which will involve economic frontliners.
Commenting on local sports marketing company Living Minds, Khairy said the company has come forward to offer 12 professional football players under their management as vaccination ambassadors, as well as to help spread the message on vaccination through their social media platform.
He hoped that the message from top athletes and footballers will encourage people in the sports sector to get themselves inoculated in order to allow the industry to
operate in full force again. Meanwhile, Parkson Corp has agreed to set up vaccination registration counters in 20 selected retail stores to assist people with the vaccine registration process.
Apart from corporate groups, SJAM will mobilise volunteers to publicise the vaccination programme, while assisting people on the registration through MySejahtera.
The minister said SJAM will also provide ambulance and medical teams at vaccination centres for emergency support.
He added that SJAM will also be doing blood donation drives in 50 locations nationwide from May 28 to May 30, and set up counters for volunteers to help the public with vaccine registration.
According to Khairy, there are currently about seven million people who have registered for the vaccination programme in the country.
“I think it is a decent start. However, the preparations that we are doing now are in anticipation of a mass vaccination exercise that will take place from June onwards,” he noted.
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