PETALING JAYA (June 2): The Malaysian Shopping Malls Association (PPK) will subsidise RM50 for each retail tenants’ staff who participate in the Covid-19 vaccination programme at the shopping malls.

In a media statement today, PPK said the vaccination programme will involve 500,000 workers in the shopping malls.

According to PPK, members of the association and retailers alike have supported the initiative with enthusiasm as over 50 malls nationwide are interested in hosting vaccination centres (PPV).

The association stated that the cost of the vaccination will amount to an estimated RM100 to RM150. However, it is said that the malls will subsidise the cost with RM20 per pax to mitigate absenteeism and wastage of vaccine and an additional RM30 for two vaccine doses for the retail frontliners. 

“We are indeed much appreciative of our malls for recognising the need to subsidise the costs to help out in this national objective towards our core objective of immunising all retail frontliners to protect the shopping and retail industry as our overall CSR contribution towards the national agenda of achieving herd immunity urgently,” said the association. 

PPK added that it has been proven in several countries that the speed of vaccinations is the way to bring down the rate of infections, coupled with self-discipline and strict adherence to SOPs instead of the need for further MCOs. 

“With vaccination for the public being planned on a different schedule, the primary purpose for this partnership is to vaccinate all employees of shopping malls as well as their business outlets, and we do believe that once this is done, our malls are indeed much safer places for the public to shop with confidence and with peace of mind.”

Details of the programme and location will be announced soon as the association looks forward to the roll-out by the end of June 2021 onwards so that herd immunity can be achieved as soon as possible and help country get back on track with economic recovery.  

Meanwhile, PPK also lauded the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in their effort to accelerate the vaccination programme by targeting relevant economic sectors as PPK’s proposal for on-site vaccination at the malls have been adopted. 

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