Business leaders complain of long wait for Pikas appointments

Bernard Saw

Foreign workers line up for Covid-19 shots at the walk-in vaccination centre (PPV) in Bukit Jalil, on August 19, 2021. Even though the queues are long, employers say it is quicker than waiting for a Pikas appointment. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 11, 2021.

WHILE Putrajaya aims to complete the public-private partnership Covid-19 industry immunisation programme (Pikas) by the end of the month, business leaders are complaining of delays in getting appointments for their workers.

Although 98% of the 900,000 workers in the manufacturing sector registered on the programme have received at least one dose of the vaccine, bosses and workers are impatient for full vaccination, especially with the virulent Delta virus strain in circulation.

Pikas, which is managed by the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti), has a lengthy approval process, SME Association of Malaysian Association vice-president Chin Chee Siong said.

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  • Miti is slowing things down economically. Why do we still need to get approval from Miti to open up the construction sector.? As long as the workers are all fully vaccinated they can start work. All this waiting for approval from Miti is a waste of time

    Posted 1 month ago by Elyse Gim