KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — Malaysia’s Public Service Department (JPA) has mandated Covid-19 vaccines for all civil servants.
The vaccine mandate is aimed at boosting the public’s trust in the Covid-19 vaccine and to ensure the smooth delivery of government services.
“This is also in line with efforts to restore government services to full operational levels based on the phases of the National Recovery Plan,” according to a JPA media statement today.
So far, 98 per cent of civil servants have been vaccinated, while about 1.6 per cent or 16,902 have yet to register for vaccination.
The mandate, which requires every civil servant to complete their Covid-19 vaccinations by November 1, 2021, will allow for the unvaccinated to be get their jabs on a walk-in basis in selected vaccination centres (PPV).
“Those who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons should submit their health details, verified by a government medical officer, to their heads of departments,” the statement also read.
Disciplinary action will be taken against unvaccinated civil servants who fail to produce exemption certificates as verified by government medical officers.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced earlier that the government is considering mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for workers in the health, security, education, and services sectors.
However, MOH is also considering an “opt-out” for individuals who refuse to get vaccinated and who agree not to receive the privileges offered to fully vaccinated people.