Vaccines provided free to industrial PPVs

Abang Johari (left) being briefed by Longi CEO SJ Ngieng touring the Longi vaccinantion centre. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Covid-19 vaccines are supplied at no cost by the government to companies wanting to inoculate their workers.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said interested companies planning to set up an industrial vaccination centre (PPV) would only need to fund the cost of services.

“Actually the vaccine itself is free, only that the service costs will be borne by the employers. At public PPV, this is funded by the government.

“For industrial PPV, of course as it is a dedicated centre for their workers to be vaccinated faster, so what they do is that (the companies) also contribute and fund the costs,” he said today.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who was also present said the vaccinations would be provided for free to industrial workers.

“The difference between public PPV and industrial PPV is that the facilities and services are provided by the government at public PPV.

“At Longi industrial PPV, they will provide the facilities and as for vaccination services, they will partner with Protect Health Corporation from Kuala Lumpur.

“So the public shouldn’t be displeased that the companies get to inoculate their workers as it is their own initiative and the costs are borne by the companies. We are targeting to vaccinate eligible recipients in Sarawak including foreigners,” Uggah added.

He revealed that on Thursday, Sarawak recorded 61,000 vaccinations, topping the daily vaccination numbers nationwide.

To a question of whether Sarawak has sufficient vaccine supply to support its mass vaccine rollout, Uggah said the supply of vaccines has arrived.

“Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has assured Sarawak that the state will receive at least 380,000 vaccines weekly,” the deputy chief minister said.