Emart to be used as industrial vaccination centre in Miri

Lukanisman (second left) during his visit to the proposed PPVIN

KUCHING: The Emart Riam supermarket is proposed to be used as an industrial vaccination centre (PPVIN) in Miri, said Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni.

He said currently, the management of the supermarket is waiting for the approval of their vaccination operation from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

“Earlier this morning, I had monitored the preparation of the Emart management to turn their premise into a PPVIN capable of administering 1,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses a day.

“With this PPVIN, it allows business operators to ensure their workers are vaccinated quickly without waiting for the existing public vaccination centre (PPV),” he said.

The MP said he supports the initiative by the management to expedite the vaccination to the employees and hoped that it is able to operate soon.

“The quicker that the employees and workers are vaccinated, the sooner the economic sector can be reopened,” he said in a Facebook post today (July 1).

In mid-June, the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) said it will work with industrial sectors to establish PPVINs in the division.

State Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin who is also in-charge of the Miri DDMC said several sectors were engaged for the establishment of the centres.

“We have discussed with several industry sectors such as the shipping sector, industrial sector, development sector, manufacturing sector, business sector, tourism sector, sales sector, oil and gas sector and so on.

“The committee has also advised them to submit an application to the CITF Sarawak for permission and subsequently the opening of PPVIN which will be possible through Protect Health,” he said.

The establishment of PPVIN has been started late last month in Sarawak mainly in industrial areas such as Samalaju and Tanjung Kidurong in Bintulu and the Samajaya Industrial Zone in Kuching.