Malaysia makes vaccinations compulsory for government employees

Malaysia makes vaccinations compulsory for government employees

Unvaccinated employees have until Nov 1 to get shots or face disciplinary action

People wearing protective face masks walk past a mural in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. (Reuters photo)
People wearing protective face masks walk past a mural in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. (Reuters photo)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said on Thursday it would now be mandatory for all federal government employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with exceptions only to be allowed on health grounds.

The announcement comes as the country looks to boost vaccination rates with the aim of inoculating 80% of the population by the end of the year.

Malaysia has one of the fastest vaccine rollouts in Southeast Asia, with 61% of its 32-million population already fully vaccinated.

In a statement, the Public Service Department said vaccinations would be made compulsory for federal staff in order to boost public confidence and ensure government services can be delivered smoothly.

Nearly 98% of civil servants were already vaccinated, while 16,902 or 1.6% have yet to register under the country's inoculation programme, the department said. Malaysia has around 1.6 million public servants.

Unvaccinated employees have been given until Nov 1 to complete their inoculations, while those who are unable to be vaccinated must submit health information verified by a government medical officer.

Those who fail to get vaccinated in time will face disciplinary action, the department said.

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