Mobile vaccination programme to start soon

SELANGOR plans to deploy its mobile vaccination programme starting September for those who have yet to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

State public health committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (pic) said the programme would ensure more Selangor residents were vaccinated and herd immunity was achieved quicker.

“We still get complaints from the public that they have not received a vaccination appointment.

“However, we need feedback and cooperation from respective assemblymen so that it can be cost-effective.

“For example, if we get a request for 200 people, we can do it in one day.

“The Selangor Vaccination (Selvax) programme is also ongoing in several clinics under Selcare,” she said in response to a supplementary question by Ronnie Liu (PH-Sungai Pelek) on the Federal Government’s decision to close 27 vaccination centres (PPV) in Klang Valley.

Dr Siti Mariah said the closure of several PPV in Selangor was due to lower turnout as more individuals had been vaccinated.

“When I attended the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force meeting, it was indeed the plan to close some PPV and the decision was made based on the number of people vaccinated.

“We have 468 small PPV in Selangor and 13 mega PPV so people can walk in for their vaccination anytime,” she said.

“Some PPV will still be allocated to cater to walk-in individuals for the vaccine.

“Allowing private clinics to administer the vaccine will ultimately be the long-term plan,” she added.

Rajiv Rishyakaran (PH-Bukit Gasing) argued that it was inaccurate to say most people had been vaccinated, judging by the number of walk-ins at the MBPJ Civic Hall yesterday, where 600 slots were snapped up quickly.

In reply, Dr Siti Mariah said that close to 90% of the Selangor population had received the first dose of vaccine.

“The problem is we do not know the number of foreigners who have not registered for the vaccine.

“We also urge non-governmental organisations to help with the needy, and employers to have their employees vaccinated,” she said.

During the question-and-answer session, Dr Siti Mariah said that as of Aug 23, Selangor has received 7,499,702 doses of vaccine from the Federal Government’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“This consists of Pfizer (3,364,920 doses), Sinovac (3,874,982) and Astra-Zeneca (259,800 doses) vaccines.

“The vaccine doses we received peaked in July where we received 3,794,800 doses while this month, we received 2,547,320 doses,” she said in response to a question by Saari Sungib (PAS-Hulu Kelang).

In a supplementary question, Mohd Sany Hamzan (PH-Taman Templer) asked about the state’s efforts to convince anti-vaxxers to be vaccinated.

Dr Siti Mariah said the vaccine was not mandatory and that there was no law to allow them to force people to take it.

“The most we can do is to increase public awareness on the importance of vaccines through various campaigns,” she said.

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