Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today announced that Grab drivers and postmen would be placed under consideration as economic frontliners in order to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the near future.
He said Pos Malaysia would be assisting in the national immunisation programme as part of its corporate partnership by distributing flyers from door to door to encourage registration for vaccination in rural areas.
“I have received a request from Pos Malaysia to consider their postmen as frontliners who will receive the vaccine in the nearest time,” he said.
“As the vaccines will become more available, I am more than happy to consider their request.”
Khairy, who is in charge of the vaccination programme, said the same consideration would be made for Grab drivers.
He said the ride-hailing service would help by offering crucial and accurate information on vaccines through its application.
Vaccination centres meanwhile will be mapped out on the app to ensure that users have a positive experience in making their way to these centres.
“We will be discussing this further with Grab on how we can map out vaccination centres to ensure that the people who have appointments find it easy to hail rides to and from their houses,” he said.
The app will also include a direct link to the MySejahtera app to encourage more people to register for vaccination.
Khairy announced the partnerships at the launch of the Corporate Collaboration for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. Other partnerships announced today are with Parkson Corporation Sdn Bhd, St John Ambulance of Malaysia and Living Minds Sdn Bhd.
“It’s a significant development to see new partnerships between the private sector and NGO partners to ensure the success of the vaccination programme.
“We will have more partnerships to join in the process of getting more Malaysians to get registered and vaccinated and build back better for the future,” Khairy said.