Khairy: Vaccination for construction sector to begin July 1

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE

THE Covid-19 immunisation programme for the construction sector will kick off on July 1, said National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

The programme, which would be coordinated with the Works Ministry, will focus on ongoing construction projects that are operating under the current Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0).

Apart from that, he said the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has also started discussions with the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry to expand the provision of vaccines for the industry soon.

“As I mentioned earlier, this vaccination programme will be extended to other industries based on the supply received.

“Vaccination for these sectors will not disrupt the existing vaccination programme (NCIP),” he said today after visiting the Port Klang Transport (Maritime) sector vaccination centre (PPV).

The vaccination programme for the transport sector will cover three service sectors, namely maritime, land and air.

Khairy said through the PPV set up in Port Klang, a total of 10,000 seafarers and port workers will receive the vaccine injections.

“The Port Klang Authority (PKA) will act as a supervisor for port personnel while the Marine Trade Center Fund (KWPPL) through the Malaysian Marine Department (JLM) will supervise seafarers,” he said.

Also present during the visit was Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

Wee said the vaccination programme for the land transport sector is expected to be completed by the end of July after more vaccine supplies are received starting early next month.

It will involve taxi drivers, e-hailing drivers, bus drivers and p-hailing staff such as Foodpanda and Grab, covering a total of 355,064 individuals nationwide.

“This programme will be implemented under the public PPV and the government will bear the entire cost,” he said.

For land public transport, Wee said seven PPVs will be opened throughout the country to ensure that 19,259 rail workers and bus drivers can be vaccinated soon.

This will be continued to the air transport sector starting July 5 at the KLIA Main Terminal Building involving 22,243 airport, airline and cargo staff.