PTP PPVIN set to inoculate 27,000 workers

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic credit:

THE Vaccination Programme for Economic Frontliners in the Transport Sector continues with the opening of the latest Industry Vaccination Centre (PPVIN) at Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), Johor.

The programme has been running daily from 8.30am to 5pm since Aug 3 and is set to complete on Oct 11.

The centre is aimed at serving up to 1,000 individuals daily or 27,000 by the end of the programme.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong during the walkabout session said Johor Port Authority (LPJ) and PTP have been proactive in ensuring workers in the sector get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“The PTP’s strategic location has helped the authority to decide and make further coordination with the relevant parties to quickly reduce the impact of Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

According to Wee, The PPVIN will not only benefit the economic frontliners and all industry players in Johor but also to further expedite efficient delivery and safe movement of goods to further spur the nation’s economic wellbeing.

Meanwhile, LPJ GM Kamaruzaman Munasir said the opening of the PPVIN is a prime example of synergy between the authority and port operators in providing a safer environment for those in the sectors and a strategy to battle the pandemic.

As of July 26, six PPVINs for the transportation sector have commenced operations to support the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

The first PPVIN at Port Klang for the maritime sector and the second at KLIA for the aviation sector have benefitted a total of 32,243 recipients.

PTP CEO Marco Neelsen said the PPVIN is their commitment to serve Johor and help the nation in achieving herd immunity.

Wee added that the Transport Ministry has also obtained approvals to open additional PPVINs for the transport sector in other states, including Penang, Pahang, Terengganu, Perak and Selangor, and additional doses for Port Klang to expedite vaccinations for seafarers, port workers and logistics sector employees.

Upon approval, the initiative is estimated to benefit more than 54,000 transport sector workers.