The vaccination centre (PPV) at Proton Sports Complex in Tanjung Malim, Perak has commenced its vaccination activities today (July 12).
It is also the first of its kind in the state to house the Public-Private Partnership COVID-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS).
According to the Executive Councillor for Industry, Investment and Corridor Development, Dato’ Shahrul Zaman Yahya, the PPV will be manned by 4,500 workers, with a vaccination capacity of up to 800 doses per day.
“This PPV is one out of four proposed for PIKAS’ usage. The remaining ones at other districts in Perak will be put to use in stages after approval by the state-level Ministry of Industry and International Trade (MITI).
“Under PIKAS, there are two types of PPV, one for general usage involving convention and exhibition centres, including hotels; and one for on-site usage at industrial premises, including factories.
“As of yesterday (July 11), 485,403 Perakeans (equivalent to 19.3 percent) have received their first doses, while 270,092 (10.8 percent) have completed both of their doses.
“Thus, I’m sure that PIKAS will contribute to a further increase of vaccinations amongst working Perakeans in times to come,” he explained in a statement dated today.
Previously, PIKAS was launched on June 16 this year by MITI to assist in the effort to hasten vaccination among labour forces in critical manufacturing sectors.
At the national level, the programme is aimed towards vaccination of at least two million workers by the end of the third quarter of this year.