All things considered, it would actually cost an estimated RM100 to RM150 per person.
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More than 50 malls nationwide show interest in hosting vaccination centres for their staff. Once approved, the plan to immunize retail tenants’ staff, who are effectively frontliners, would be rolled out by the end of June.
The Malaysia Shopping Malls Association proposed on-site vaccination centres at shopping malls instead of all the staff having to take time off work, thus interrupting business and daily operations.
This accounts for 500,000 employees in the retail industry.
The association estimates the cost of the vaccination would be approximately RM100 to RM150 per person. This includes the fees for doctors, nurses, and health officers from Protect Health Corporation, and all other antecedent costs such as logistics, manpower, standby ambulance service, and more.
The malls have agreed to largely subsidise the cost and charge RM10 per dose per participant. At the same time. RM15 will be paid to Protect Health Proportion for the doctors and nurses to administer each dose.
In total, each participant will only need to pay RM50 for 2 doses. This fee has the added benefit of mitigating absenteeism, according to the association.
“Despite our good intentions, we are distraught with the negative comments in the media that malls are profiteering from this exercise which is extremely far from the truth,” wrote the Malaysia Shopping Malls Association.
“We issue this press release to put the record straight and correct. The fact that the enthusiastic participation of the malls together with the overwhelming registration by the staff and their tenants are testimonies of the urgent need for access to vaccination”.