PETALING JAYA: The agro commodities industry has been urged to work with the government to set up their own Covid-19 vaccination centres to hasten the inoculation process of workers.
Plantation Industries and Commodity Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said that industry vaccination centres (PPVIN) were the best way to move forward, as there wouldn’t have to be reliant on public vaccination centres, which have their own constraints.
He pointed out that the walk-in vaccinations for non-citizens are only available at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium from Aug 9-22.
“In support of the government’s efforts to expedite the vaccination, the industry players are encouraged to be directly involved as a facilitator by setting up their own PPVIN at appropriate locations, after obtaining approval from the Covid-19 Immunization Special Task Force (CITF),” he said in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 3).
Companies under the agro commodities sector could apply to participate in the agro commodities vaccination programme (Vacoms) under the ministry if the companies had at least 1000 people, or if they combined with other companies.
“The mobile vaccination units were also being discussed between the industry players and the service providers,” said Mohd Khairuddin.
“While vaccinations are free of charge, companies will have to bear the cost of administration and the cost of the PPVIN, with charges per employee not more than RM100.
“We are targeting more PPVIN to be opened under the Vacoms programs so that herd immunity can be achieved in the near future,” he said, adding that the opening of new centres are subject to the approval of the CITF.