Khairy Recommends Time-Off For Workers To Get Covid-19 Jabs

Family members will be allowed to travel interstate to bring their elderly dependents for Covid-19 vaccination, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today that he will be making a recommendation to the Human Resources Ministry for employees to be given time off to receive Covid-19 vaccination.

Khairy said he will be making this recommendation during the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) meeting tomorrow. 

“The decision will be announced whether we encourage or it’s compulsory for employers to give time off to get the vaccine,” Khairy told a press conference on the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) today. 

Besides that, he also said that the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) will allow family members to travel across states to bring their dependents for their vaccine appointments. 

“So if the child is in Kuala Lumpur and parents have an appointment in Negeri Sembilan or Melaka and are quite old, we will allow them to send their parents for the vaccination session.” 

From today, individuals who fall into the Phase Two category of PICK will be receiving appointment dates to get the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine. The second phase of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme targets 9.4 million people aged above 60, those with comorbidities, or people with disabilities.

Khairy said appointment dates will be given 14 days in advance and a reminder message will be sent three days before and a day before the appointment date.

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