Kuala Lampur – Unvaccinated employees have until November 1 to complete their vaccinations.
Malaysia said Thursday that it would now be mandatory for all federal government employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with exceptions allowed only for health reasons.
The announcement comes as the country seeks to increase vaccination rates with the goal of vaccinating 80% of the population by the end of the year.
Malaysia has one of the fastest vaccine deployments in Southeast Asia, with 61% of its 32 million people already fully vaccinated.
In a statement, the Civil Service Department said vaccinations would be made mandatory for federal staff to build public confidence and ensure government services can be provided smoothly.
Nearly 98 percent of officials were already vaccinated, while 16,902 or 1.6 percent have yet to enroll in the country’s immunization program, the department said. Malaysia has around 1.6 million civil servants.
Unvaccinated employees have until November 1 to complete their vaccinations, while those who cannot be vaccinated must submit health information verified by a government doctor.
Those who do not get the vaccine on time will be subject to disciplinary action, the department said.