PARLIAMENT | The government requires healthcare workers to notify security forces if undocumented migrants show up at health facilities and vaccine centres (PPVs).
Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin (above) said this was among the vaccination standard operating procedures (SOPs) decided by the cabinet for the vaccination programme of undocumented migrants.
"Referring to the nationwide vaccination strategies for undocumented migrants, the cabinet, on July 30, decided on a vaccination SOP for the group.
"The government, among others, agreed that information related to undocumented migrants should be documented and recorded according to the general circular from the director-general of Health.
"This circular stipulates the duty of health service providers to inform security authorities about the presence of undocumented migrants at health premises," he said in a written parliamentary reply to Ngeh Koo Ham (Pakatan Harapan-Beruas) yesterday.
Hamzah noted that the strategic cooperation between several government agencies and private centres is important to encourage undocumented migrants to register voluntarily for vaccination.
"The involvement of these agencies and private centres as frontliners dealing with undocumented migrants is found to be more effective when it comes to consulting and approaching the group in building trust.
"The government is targeting as much as 80 percent of the population in Malaysia, including non-citizens to be given Covid-19 vaccines in order to achieve herd immunity," he added.
Ngeh had asked Hamzah to state if the government could give its assurance that no action would be taken against undocumented foreigners or those overstaying in the country who show up for their vaccine shots.
However, Hamzah did not provide a direct answer to Ngeh on this particular matter.
In July, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin stated that the guidelines for undocumented migrants and refugees to receive the shots were approved.
Khairy encouraged undocumented migrants to visit vaccination centres handled by NGOs.
There were concerns and distrust among undocumented migrant workers and refugees after mixed messages were sent out by various ministries following a series of clampdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.