According to Fadillah, Phase 1 of CIVac began on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, targeting 40,000 local and foreign construction workers. (Photo by Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Yusuf/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 22): Phase 2 of the Construction Industry Vaccination Programme (CIVac), which will kick off on Aug 5, will involve 55,000 construction workers in Penang and Johor.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said registration for the vaccination was opened on July 12, with 30,000 slots allocated for workers in Penang and 25,000 in Johor.

“Right now, all slots in Johor are fully booked, while registration in Penang is still ongoing as only 22,800 slots are booked so far.

“The vaccination process will be carried out from Aug 5 until Sept 15,” he said in a statement here today.

He said registration for CIVac is expected to be opened for 20,000 construction workers in Pahang from July 25, and for another 20,000 workers in Sabah from July 31.

Fadillah said Phase 1 of CIVac began on July 1 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, targeting 40,000 local and foreign construction workers.

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He said as of July 20, a total of 24,106 or 60.26% of workers registered under the programme had received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The ministry is in the midst of applying for more vaccine supply from the National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to meet the demand of 300,000 construction workers, including for another 65,000 workers in Kuala Lumpur and 30,000 in Selangor.

“Requests for additional quotas for the vaccine would continue based on current demand of the construction industry,” he said.

He said the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) would also provide a mobile vaccination centre should there be a request for such a facility.

CIVac is the Covid-19 vaccination programme for workers in the construction industry, an initiative taken by the CIDB under the Ministry of Works to speed up the vaccination rate among the economic frontliners in order to reduce Covid-19 infection clusters involving workplaces.

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