There are still 30,000 civil servants in the country who have yet to register for the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS)
The national trade union said that it has urged these civil servants to sign up soon to help the government achieve herd immunity before next year, Bernama reported yesterday, 16 September.
CUEPACS president Adnan Mat said that civil servants as implementers of government policies should show good examples by supporting the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
He, however, did not specify which sector or sectors do these 30,000 civil servants belong to.
Earlier this year, Adnan had said that the actual number of civil servants was 600,000 people if Malaysia adopted the same approach as other developed countries by excluding the armed forces, police, education, and health personnel in their definition of the public sector.
CUEPACS said that civil servants receive instructions on government policies, so when directed to undergo vaccination, they should do so
"They (the heads of departments) should take the initiative to meet with them (the unregistered civil servants) to find out what is preventing them from getting the vaccine," its president added.
Earlier this month, it had asked for a COIVD-19 vaccination guideline to avoid those who refuse to be vaccinated from being "victimised"
In its statement issued on 4 September, Adnan had proposed that the government should come out with a specific circular that clearly explains the approaches and action to be taken against civil servants.
"(We) believes that not all who are against being vaccinated are anti-vaxxers, instead, they may still not be convinced of the effectiveness of the vaccine and, as such, the government should intensify efforts to raise awareness to increase people's confidence to be vaccinated. With no clear guidelines or laws, action taken in haste against those who refuse to be vaccinated will expose the government to legal action," he said.