Ensure stricter SOPs at vaccination centres

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KUCHING: Cuepacs Sarawak has called for stricter standard operating procedures (SOPs) at vaccination centres (PPVs) nationwide to ensure the safety of frontline workers.

The Congress of Union of Employees in the Public and Civil Services Malaysia, Sarawak branch said the PPVs should take affirmative steps to ensure strict compliance with the established SOPs.

“The PPVs must adhere to strict compliance with the established SOPs without any compromise especially among the staff that are helping to man the centre.

“Their safety and health must be maintained in accordance with Act 514 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994,” said its president Omar Bahrein Unin. 

Bahrein issued the statement following a case where front line workers at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDC) PPV in Shah Alam were reported to have been infected by Covid-19.

The IDC was later ordered to close after a total of 204 positive cases were detected among the front line workers at the centre. This is the first case involving a PPV being directed to close.

“We should learn from the case befalling the front line workers at the IDC and take steps to ensure it would not happen at other PPVs,” he added.

Bahrein said immediate probe should be carried out to find out the source of infection and how it happened.

Most of the front liners come from the various government departments and agencies.

Bahrein said they should not only be well equipped with the necessary personal protection equipment and gears but have completed their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccines.

“Their roles at the PPVs are high risk and they are highly vulnerable to infection.

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