Food delivery riders queue up for their Covid-19 vaccine jabs


KUCHING: Food delivery riders in Bintulu are not left out from getting their Covid-19 vaccine jabs as the group turned up for vaccination at the Dinner World vaccination centre (PPV) recently.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, in revealing this, said food deliverymen are also considered unsung heroes in the period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is because they are willing to take risks to provide the best service to the public. They continue to work through the rain and heat and are exposed to the risk of infection.

“All this is to ensure that people do not have to leave their homes and do not go hungry during the period to curb the spread of this pandemic,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Tiong reminded the frontliners to continue taking care of their health amid the pandemic while shouldering their responsibilities.

“Practise the recommended preventative measures, follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs), practise social distancing and wear face masks,” he said.

Last month, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said e-hailing drivers, delivery riders and courier delivery personnel will be vaccinated starting July.

“We will be getting around to e-hailing drivers and food delivery drivers in July, and we will start to vaccinate our friends who are in Grab, Foodpanda and all the couriers in July,” he said.

Khairy, who is also Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, said the ministry has received a lot different applications for different sectors to be considered as frontliners.

“Of course, the constraint is supply. So now, we are starting with the transportation sector,” he added.

The state government is accelerating Covid-19 vaccination for the frontliners in the transport sector, Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said last week.

He said a total of 9,827 names of forwarding agencies and public transport drivers have been compiled by his ministry and submitted to the respective Resident’s Offices and the divisional health offices.

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