KOTA KINABALU: Workers from the manufacturing sector in Sabah are getting their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine with the launch of the Public-Private Partnership Immunisation Programme (Pikas) here on Saturday (July 10).
The programme will see the private sector manage vaccine administration centres (PPV) and is expected to benefit some 18,000 workers from 407 factories in the state.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the initial stage would involve workers from factories in Kota Kinabalu and nearby districts of Putatan, Penampang, Papar and Tuaran.
“Through Pikas, the government will roll out the vaccines for free while the private sector manages the vaccine administration centre (PPV), including private medical services.
“The cost of managing the PPV will be borne by the private sector to minimise government funding,” he said when observing the first day of Pikas operations at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) here.
Hajiji said employers would have to pay for their employees’ vaccination costs, even if the employee is no longer with the company after getting the first dose.
Companies interested in participating in the Pikas programme could get more information and register online through www.miti.gov.my.
An initiative by the International Trade and Industry Ministry, Pikas was launched to speed up the country’s vaccination process with the aim of vaccinating at least two million workers in the manufacturing sector by the third quarter of this year.
Hajiji commended Miti, Sabah for the Pikas launch in Sabah and expressed confidence that herd immunity in the manufacturing sector could be achieved which would speed up the state’s and country’s economic recovery.