Tourism frontliners to be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccine

The vaccination of tourism frontliners will start with hotel and airline staff followed by those in other sub-sectors under the tourism ministry.

PETALING JAYA: Tourism frontliners working in the essential services sector during the third movement control order (MCO 3.0) will be prioritised for the Covid-19 vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

In a statement, the tourism, arts and culture ministry said the first phase of vaccinations will involve hotel staff at quarantine centres and hotel staff operating throughout MCO 3.0.

It also includes aviation staff from Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia and Malindo Air who are on duty in June, as well as meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) staff stationed at vaccination centres.

The ministry said they will be vaccinated as soon as the first two phases under the national immunisation programme for medical frontliners and high-risk groups are completed.

The following phase will involve those in other sub-sectors under the ministry, based on the flexibility of the economic sector’s operations after MCO 3.0.

Tourism, arts and culture minister Nancy Shukri said this effort was expected to be a catalyst for the tourism industry’s revival, which would also help accelerate the country’s economic recovery.

The ministry added that it was working with industry players through its agency, the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), to provide conference and exhibition halls as vaccination centres throughout the country to speed up the immunisation programme.

Among them were the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec), Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor Bahru, Setia Spice Convention Centre in Penang, Borneo Convention Centre in Sarawak and Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Convention Hall in Pahang.

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