SHAH ALAM, June 30 — The Selangor government has allocated two million Covid-19 doses for the industrial sector under the Selangor Vaccination Programme (Selvax) initiative.
The total amount will be delivered to one million local and foreign employees in the state.
Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said based on the latest data for the month June, 91 per cent of Covid-19 clusters in the state originated from workplace clusters, of which 80 per cent are from factories and 11 per cent from construction sites.
“By administering the vaccine to factory workers and the industrial sector, we would be able to control and reduce Covid-19 infection rate, thus offer protection to all,” he said during the virtual launch of Selvax today.
Amirudin had stressed that the vaccines for Selvax Industry are only open for companies and not for individuals.
He said the initiative that was introduced to complement the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) had received overwhelming support from participating companies.
“Among the big companies that have taken part in the programme include supermarket chain 99 Speed Mart, top audit firm Ernst & Young, giant government-linked companies (GLC) Telekom Malaysia and Touch ‘n Go, as well as renowned construction companies EcoWorld and Tropicana,” he said.
Amirudin had also stressed that companies taking part in Selvax are not allowed to charge their employees for the shots.
“This is already written in the agreement and consent form. Action can be taken against any employer who imposes any charges to their employee,” he said.
Meanwhile, Amirudin said that the mass testing initiative carried out throughout the state had identified the spread of the infection to have originated from factory areas.
He said the Preventing and Detecting Outbreaks at Ignition Sites (POIS) programme was introduced that implements several measures to ensure a safer workplace.