Ministry targets vaccinating 80% of KL folk by October

Annuar observing a homeless man receiving a Covid-19 jab at Anjung Kelana in Kuala Lumpur.

FEDERAL Territories Ministry aims to get 80% of the people in Kuala Lumpur vaccinated by October this year.

Its minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said three vaccine trucks would be mobilised under the MyMedic@Wilayah programme to more than 60 neighbourhoods, especially People’s Housing Projects (PPR), to achieve the target.

“Four more trucks will be added to the programme to assist in the inoculation process.

“These trucks will also help in the vaccination registration and consultation process, and this will kick off in two weeks’ time.

“I am also in talks with private clinics to add seven more mobile vaccine trucks.

“We aim to have 80% of the city’s residents inoculated as it is also the benchmark for herd immunity.

“We hope to vaccinate 4,000 to 5,000 people per day once it is fully rolled out, ” he said at a press conference after a site visit to Anjung Kelana (formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Transit Centre for the Destitute), Kuala Lumpur.

More than 100 homeless people were vaccinated at the site.

Annuar said the vaccination for the homeless initiative conducted by a mobile team would be a pilot study to improve the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the mobile vaccination programme.

“We can identify the amount of vaccine a truck can carry and address problems that arise during the registration process, ” he elaborated.

The ministry is working with Health Ministry to carry out the vaccination programme for the city’s homeless

The mobile vaccine programme under MyMedic@Wilayah is one of seven new approaches that are part of the Wilayah Cakna 5.0 Initiative.

Annuar said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would conduct free Covid-19 RTK-Antigen screening on 20,000 senior citizens and vulnerable individuals in the capital starting from the middle of June.

“Priority will be given to residents in enhanced movement control order locations.

“We also hope to vaccinate about 20,000 senior citizens and vulnerable groups through our mobile programme, ” he said.

While the first phase of vaccination for the homeless was conducted at Anjung Kelana, the remaining homeless will be inoculated in batches.

On a separate matter, Annuar said traders who registered under the Federal Territories Free Trading (Wilayah Bebas Berniaga) initiative would be exempted from licence fees until the year end.

“There were 7,842 applications and we approved 4,510 licences in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.

“The location of the stalls will also be rearranged to avoid traders gathering at one spot, ” he added.

Other initiatives include SPM Mahir digital tutorial classes for all SPM candidates starting June 1, stricter SOP monitoring by DBKL as well as entrepreneurial courses for businessmen under the young entrepreneur programme.

Entrepreneurs in the Federal Territories can participate in Go-eCommerce courses and apply for entrepreneurial aid under the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana).

They can also apply for special grants by Tekun Nasional and Bank Simpanan Nasional, Prihatin special grants as well as micro loans for those in the creative entrepreneur category.

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