KUCHING: Sarawak will speed up the Covid-19 immunisation programme for workers in various sectors by setting up industrial vaccination centres in workplaces.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said several manufacturing companies and shopping malls had already set up vaccination centres, with other sectors to follow.
He said the first industrial vaccination centre opened at Press Metal Sdn Bhd in Bintulu last week for manufacturing sector employees at the Samalaju Industrial Park.
In Kuching, manufacturing companies at the Samajaya High Tech Park have also signed up for the industrial vaccination programme starting this week.
Vaccination centres have also been opened at The Spring and Vivacity malls for employees, retailers and other companies approved by the state Covid-19 immunisation task force.
“We will go to other sectors after this, including services and tourism.
“We will also roll out vaccination for plantations,” Abang Johari said after visiting Longi (Kuching) Sdn Bhd’s industrial vaccination centre at Samajaya yesterday.
He said this was aimed at addressing Covid-19 clusters in workplaces, besides helping the state to achieve its target of completing the vaccination programme by August.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said industries were encouraged to participate in the vaccination programme.
He said companies with fewer than 1,500 employees could collaborate to set up a vaccination centre.
“This vaccination programme is free to the workers. The infrastructure and healthcare workers will be arranged by the companies, which will bear the costs for their workers,” he added.