YONG PENG: The Transport Ministry hopes to achieve a vaccination rate of at least 80% among frontliners in the public transport sector by Oct 31.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said since kick-starting the Covid-19 vaccination programme for the maritime industry on June 25, about 10,000 port and maritime workers have received their immunisation jabs.

“About 22,000 doses have also been given to those working in the aviation industry where we started at KL International Airport (KLIA). The process is still ongoing.

“Similarly, those working in rail such as the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), monorail and bus drivers under the Prasarana Malaysia Bhd umbrella are also in the process of receiving their vaccinations.

“Not forgetting licensed taxi drivers and e-hailing drivers, we are in the midst of identifying those who have yet to be vaccinated to see how we can further assist them,” he said after a site visit to the upcoming Yong Peng vaccination centre (PPV) here on Sunday (July 11).

Dr Wee said the names of about 120,000 licensed taxi drivers and e-hailing drivers have been submitted to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to hasten the vaccination process.

“We want to get it done as soon as possible because they are considered frontline workers. The same goes for those in the logistics sector.

“Those in the logistics sector can submit the list of names to us and we will try to assist them to get vaccinated at PPVs or through the Public-Private Partnership Industrial Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (Pikas).

“We hope to have at least 80% of them in the public transport sector vaccinated by Oct 31,” he said.

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