Tourism frontliners to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination — ministry

A look at the MITEC vaccination centre (PPV) on May 31. According to the statement, the next phase will involve those from other subcategories under MOTAC, based on the flexibility of the economic sector’s operations after the MCO 3.0. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

A look at the MITEC vaccination centre (PPV) on May 31. According to the statement, the next phase will involve those from other subcategories under MOTAC, based on the flexibility of the economic sector’s operations after the MCO 3.0. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (June 9): The vaccination process for tourism frontliners working in the essential services sector will begin as soon as the first two phases of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme are completed.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), in a statement today, said it would cooperate with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to provide the vaccine to members of the tourism sector who are working during the movement control order (MCO) 3.0 period.

Among those who will receive the vaccine under the first phase of the vaccination are staff of hotels operating as quarantine centres and other hotels operating throughout the MCO 3.0.

Also included are aviation staff from Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo who are on duty in June 2021 as well as meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibition (MICE) personnel placed at vaccination centres.

According to the statement, the next phase will involve those from other subcategories under MOTAC, based on the flexibility of the economic sector’s operations after the MCO 3.0.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the commitment could be a catalyst for the tourism industry’s revival, thus helping the country to accelerate the economic recovery phase.

Meanwhile, MOTAC through its agency, the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), has partnered with industry players to provide premises as vaccination centres to expedite the vaccination process.

The centres include the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Setia Spice Convention Centre, Seberang Perai Arena Convention Centre, Borneo Kuching Convention Centre, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Convention Hall and Bera District Council Convention Hall.