KUCHING: Nearly 25,000 manufacturing sector employees in Sarawak have already received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, says Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
The Deputy Chief Minister said they comprised 9,260 employees at the Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu, 11,127 at the Sama Jaya High Tech Park in Kuching and 4,082 employees in Sibu.
“As of July 6, a total of 24,469 employees in the manufacturing sector have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine.
“Starting today (July 7), another 5,478 employees from the sector are expected to be vaccinated at industrial vaccination centres in Kuching, Miri and Sibu,” he told reporters after visiting the industrial vaccination centre at The Spring mall here on Wednesday (July 7).
Awang Tengah, who is International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development Minister, said industrial vaccination centres were being set up for the manufacturing, plantation, services, construction and oil and gas sectors to expedite the Covid-19 vaccination.
Under the programme, companies with more than 1,500 employees can apply to set up an industrial vaccination centre, while those with less than 1,500 employees can combine and apply for an industrial vaccination centre to be set up at a centralised location such as a shopping mall or university premises.
The companies will bear the cost of RM30 for two doses to cover the cost of healthcare organisers while the vaccine is provided free by the government.
“To date, 236 manufacturing companies have registered their interest with the ministry to participate in the industrial vaccination programme, involving a total of 43,050 employees,” Awang Tengah said.
He said the Sarawak Covid-19 immunisation task force recently approved three more in-situ industrial vaccination centres at Shin Yang Plywood Miri, Shinyang Plywood Bintulu and Samling Plywood Bintulu, which would benefit 5,776 timber-based industries.
“Once we have achieved the vaccination target, the government may consider slowly opening up the economy, subject to full compliance of the SOP.
“The ministry is committed to ensure that the vaccination programme for the manufacturing sector is carried out successfully throughout Sarawak,” he added.