September 12, 2021

IPOH: The number of volunteers under the Malaysia Vaccine Support Volunteers (MYVAC) has exceeded the requirement for placement at vaccination centres (PPV) nationwide, the Youth and Sports Ministry said. Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said they have so far received up to 320,000 applications to join MYVAC. He said to date, the ministry through its respective state Youth and Sports departments has deployed 8,187 MYVAC non-health volunteers at 417 PPVs nationwide. "We have received an overwhelming response and (received an) over supply of volunteers. The demands are always there and the placement will be made after going through online training process. "In Perak, we have 21,183 people registered as volunteers and 979 of them have been assigned for duties at 25 PPVs in the state," he said after visiting the Stadium Indera Mulia PPV here today. Also present was national Youth and Sports department director-general Datuk Dr Wasitah Mohd Yusof. He said the ministry believes there were more registrations submitted, especially by those who were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO). "Some of them, I believe, are into volunteer work. We are assisting them by giving them incentives, including those who are sports industrial workers and sports operators who have lost their income," he said. Asked on the fate of the volunteers once the country reaches herd immunity, he said more programmes under the ministry would be carried out, which still required volunteer work. "We have our plans and we always need volunteers. This will be an offer for them to choose if they want to volunteer during their spare time. "Many of them will also return to their original employment or career such as pilots who will report to duty since more flight services are able to operate," he said. MYVAC was launched on March 15 by former Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who also serves as the coordinating minister for the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP). The initiative is supported by the Health Ministry, the Higher Education Ministry, and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

Credit :
Zahratulhayat Mat Arif
New Straits Time

Link : https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/09/726498/myvac-volunteer-placement-exceeds-requirement-ppvs-nsttv

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