KPDNHEP to vaccinate some 31,000 retail frontliners under RiVAC

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PUTRAJAYA, July 9: Some 31,000 frontliners in the retail sector will undergo vaccination against Covid-19 under the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme (RiVAC) starting July 26 at Cititel Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.

Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi said these recipients include cashiers, salesmen, restaurant crews, gas station workers, supermarket and deparmental store employees, barbers, beauticians, shopping complex management staff and those in the distribution chain.

“RiVAC at Mid Valley City is the first location identified as a Retail Sector Industrial Vaccination Centre with a targetted administration capacity of 1,500 doses a day.

“It is expected to be able to vaccinate some 31,000 frontline workers in the retail sector around Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement today.

Nanta added that RiVAC, a public-private partnership between KPDNHEP and retail industry players including the Malaysia Shopping Malls Association (PPK), would soon be expanded to several other locations and to be announced from time to time.

Through this programme which was fully supported by the National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), he said participating companies and employers will be subjected to the terms and conditions set by CITF and KPDNHEP.

With that said, employers are not allowed to, in any way, impose fees or salary deductions to their employees registered under RiVAC.

“Since May 26, 2021, KPDNHEP has received a total of 186,245 registrations for RiVAC from 1,396 companies nationwide.

“KPDNHEP is targeting for 500,000 economic frontline workers in the retail sector across the country to join RiVAC as soon as possible.

“Therefore, the Ministry welcomes retail companies and distributors who are interested to register under the programme through KPDNHEP’s website or email,” he added. — DayakDaily