JOHOR is all set for the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme beginning today, involving more than 40,000 people.
State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said everything was in place for the vaccination exercise that included frontliners from health and other agencies essential in combating Covid-19.
“We expect the first phase to go on until April. Currently, the vaccines have been placed in four storage centres in Hospital Permai in Johor Baru, Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail in Batu Pahat, Hospital Temenggong Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim in Kulai and Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah in Muar, ” he said. Johor received its first batch
of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on Feb 21.
Vidyananthan added that vaccines at storage centres were kept in special freezers known as Ultra-Low Volume Freezer (ULVF) to ensure they were maintained at -70°C temperature.
This allows the vaccine to be stored for up to six months.
The vaccines will be distributed to health clinics and community halls which act as vaccine centres (PPV) statewide.
“In the first phase, we will have 62 PPVs. For the second phase, we are still compiling data of people including the disabled and the elderly.
“We will have a total of three vaccination phases until next year, ” said Vidyananthan, who visited all the districts to check on preparation for the vaccination exercise including holding simulations.
He also urged the public to register for the immunisation programme, which could be done through the MySejahtera app or at vaksincovid.gov.my
“Registration can also be done at government or private health facilities as well as through government outreach programmes for those in rural areas, ” he said, adding that the state government aimed to have about 80% of the people vaccinated.
On the Covid-19 situation in Johor, Vidyananthan said 276 new cases were reported in Johor on Feb 26.
To date, the state has recorded a total of 35,303 Covid-19 cases with 94 deaths.