Minister: Bus, taxi, e-hailing drivers not included in transportation sector vaccination drive; talks underway for separate programme

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Transportation personnel receive their Covid-19 jab at the Port Klang Sport Club’s multipurpose hall June 25, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Transportation personnel receive their Covid-19 jab at the Port Klang Sport Club’s multipurpose hall June 25, 2021. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 — Taxi, bus and e-hailing drivers, as well as p-hailing workers are currently not included in the newly announced Transportation Sector Vaccination Programme, according to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

During a press conference in the multipurpose hall of the Port Klang Authority’s Sport Club today, Wee said that his ministry is currently hashing out plans with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) on how to vaccinate these estimated 355,064 drivers, riders and similar workers.

“They are located all over the country and some of them have already been vaccinated since Phase 1 (of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme),” he said.

Wee said that the Ministry of Transport (MoT) will give the list of these workers to the CITF to determine who among them still needs to be vaccinated.

“This programme (for drivers and similar workers) will be conducted at private vaccination centres and the government will bear the full cost,” he said.

He added the possibility of vaccinating these workers at home had been discussed.

The Transportation Sector Vaccination Programme was launched today at a private vaccination centre run by the Port Klang Authority at its Sport Club’s multipurpose hall.

The programme is set to vaccinate more than 51,500 people in the transportation industry such as workers at sea ports, airports and rail companies, in several phases — with 10,000 maritime workers to be inoculated under its first phase.

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