Following the second round of its vaccination exercise last week, Proton just announced that over 86% of its 8,486 staff members are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The national carmaker added that this number is expected to increase in the coming weeks, as over 98% of its staff have received their first dose.
This is in line with Proton’s effort to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 in its chain of operations. “We estimate more than 80% of our operations chain would have received at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of August,” said the CEO of Proton, Dr Li Chunrong.
He further added that Proton’s vaccination exercise will allow the carmaker to “hit the ground running once the automotive industry is given the greenlight to resume operations nationwide.” Previously, the government announced that most of the automotive sector will only be allowed to operate in the second phase of the National Recovery Plan.
To help reduce the number of COVID-19 daily cases, Proton will also be implementing a number of changes to its business procedures. “We have created new processes in all areas, from our production lines to our corporate offices, ensuring a new and safer work environment,” Dr Li elaborated.
It’s worth noting that the government previously announced it will ease restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals in the economic sector. But details on this will only be announced in the near future.