Vaccination for construction sector running smoothly

All 40,000 slots in KL and Selangor were fully taken up in less than 24 hours

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

THE Covid-19 vaccination programme for Malaysia’s construction industry is being rolled out smoothly without any major challenges, according to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).

CIDB CEO Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid said the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (CIVac), which is under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme, was opened for registration on June 21.

All 40,000 CIVac slots in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Selangor were fully taken up in less than 24 hours.

“Right now, the registration for Phase 1 is closed and it will reopen once we are ready for Phase 2. Employers must register for their workers via our website.

“So far, the vaccination process under CIVac is going on smoothly and as planned. The Works Ministry (KKR) has allocated another 100,000 vaccines for Phase 2 which will involve other states,” he told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

Ahmad Asri said the vaccination process for construction workers in KL was conducted at the CIDB Convention Centre in Cheras on July 1 while for Selangor, it took place at the National Sports Complex Panasonic in Shah Alam on July 14.

He lauded industry players for ensuring their workers are vaccinated, adding that the accelerated vaccine rollout in the upcoming months is expected to help the construction sector to return to normalcy.

Meanwhile, Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) president Tan Sri Sufri Mhd Zin concurred that the CIVac initiative was a good first step in getting construction workers vaccinated.

He said the association managed to help its members to register over 16,000 workers manually in KL and Selangor for Phase 1 of CIVac.

He added that MBAM members who have registered and made payment for Phase 1 have mostly received their vaccination appointments.

“We have also collected registrations of interest for over 61,000 workers for Phase 2 of CIVac with approximately 45% in KL and Selangor, and 21.22% for other states including Sabah and Sarawak.

“So, we are looking at a great start and MBAM is very appreciative of CIDB’s effort and we are sure that they are ramping up the vaccination rate as the programme progresses.

“However, we would appreciate it if more vaccination centres (PPVs), including in other states, can be opened up to speed up the vaccination process for all construction workers in the country,” he told TMR.

Sufri noted that for vaccinations at the National Sports Complex (Panasonic) in Shah Alam, most recipients are still waiting to be notified via MySejahtera on their appointments.

Nevertheless, he said the overall process was smooth based on the feedback the association has gathered.

“Also, we learned that some companies have taken the initiative to do Covid-19 swab test on their workers before sending them to the PPVs,” he added.

The CIVac is an effort by the CIDB led by KKR, to accelerate the vaccination uptake among the construction workforce to achieve herd immunity and reduce the number of Covid-19 workplace clusters.

It began on July 1, focusing on ongoing construction projects that are operating under the nationwide lockdown.

According to Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, about two million doses of vaccine are needed to ensure all workers in the construction sector are immunised against Covid-19.