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Minister Khairy Jamaluddin reiterated that JKJAV will bear the entire cost of vaccine, but the companies involved must shoulder the cost of administering the vaccine, such as rental & logistics.

On Wednesday (9 June), Malaysia’s National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, along with Minister for Ministry of Health (MOH) Dr Adham Baba, announced that the government will be prioritising vaccination for critical economic sectors, especially those still operating under the Movement Control Order (PKP).

In a press conference, Minister Khairy highlighted a couple of industry sectors the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Assurance Special Committee (Jawatankuasa Khas Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin COVID-19, or JKJAV) is targeting with this move:

  • Manufacturing;
  • Exports;
  • Logistics;
  • Transportation;
  • Energy; and
  • Utilities

Cited from Bernama, Minister Khairy said to the media: “After looking at the spread of cases and taking into account the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, there is indeed Phase 4, which is the Epidemic Control Phase. So JKJAV has decided to start the vaccination.”

There are two points to note about Phase 4:

  1. From 16 June, the vaccination centre (pusat pemberian vaksin, or PPV) will be located at the Petronas Complex, Pengerang, Johor;
  2. The vaccination will be administered by Protect Health Corporation, a non-profit subsidiary of MOH.

Minister Khairy highlighted that JKJAV is working with a number of government agencies—Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Ministry of Works, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Tourism—to implement this vaccination process for the affected economic sectors.

Further, he pointed out that while the government will cover the costs of vaccine, the administration costs, however, must be shouldered by the involved companies.

“The government is offering the vaccine for free as our commitment under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme. But the industry will bear the cost of administering the vaccine which includes rental costs and logistics," he said, as shared in Bernama.

According to JKJAV’s statistics, since the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme was launched, 12,799,802 Malaysians have registered for the vaccination, with 2,724,048 already vaccinated.

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