KUCHING, July 4 – Vaccination against Covid-19 for those involved in the distribution and retail sector across the country must be accelerated, said Minister of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi.
In a statement made today, he stressed that this would help accelerate the recovery of the national economy in the country.
“This issue should receive serious attention taking into account the importance of this sector to stimulate the economy and trade,” he said in a statement issued from Putrajaya.
Nanta added that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, those in the distribution and retail sector could only function in a limited way while some could not function at all.
“It has forced them to bear a financial burden as workers lose their income so much that they cannot support their families. “
As such, he said that priority should be given to the vaccination of people involved in this sector.
“This is due to its importance as an engine of the national economy and the risks facing this industry in which the workforce constantly interacts and completes the logistics required by consumers.
“The risk of infection that the workforce in this sector faces on a daily basis is very serious and could hamper government efforts to achieve the desired level of collective immunity,” Nanta said.
In the statement, he also hoped that the sectors covered by the KPDNHEP receive due attention in the current implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination program.
He believed that a strategic collaboration between the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti), Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and KPDNHEP could ensure that everyone involved in the sectors would get vaccinated as soon as possible.
He pointed out that the KPDNHEP had proposed that this vaccination program for these sectors start this month.
“This vaccination program for economic frontliners is very important in view of the reopening of various frontline economic sectors in the next phase of the National Recovery Program (PPN),” he said. – Borneo Post