1.2 million vaccine doses given to migrant workers

MORE than 1.2 million doses of vaccine have been administered to migrant workers in Selangor.

State public health, unity, women and family development committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said according to the MySejahtera mobile application, 597,724 migrant workers had received their first dose while 333,847 had completed their second dose.

“According to Immigration Department, migrant workers make up more than 30% of the workforce in Selangor.

“The state recorded high daily Covid-19 positive cases and with the industrial cluster being one of the main contributors, migrant workers are included in our Selangor Vaccination (Selvax) programme.

“Selvax Industry programme had also organised a walk-in session, especially for migrant workers, from Aug 10 to 13 at PKNS Sports Complex in Kelana Jaya to expedite the government’s efforts in achieving herd immunity,” she said in response to Chua Wei Kiat (PH-Rawang) on the vaccination rate among foreigners.

Dr Siti Mariah said that however, those without valid documents had hampered government efforts to vaccinate them.

“They are afraid to come forward to take the vaccine.

“In some cases, we found that foreigners had valid documents with their passport number but showed a different country of origin.

“Other challenges included language barrier and huge groups of migrant workers crowding the vaccination centres (PPV).

“For those without valid registration records or are illegal migrant workers, we will vaccinate them through our outreach vaccination programme,” she added.

Meanwhile, Dr Siti Mariah said as of Aug 18, 80.47% or 3,822,096 Selangor residents had received one dose of the vaccine while 56.89% (2,702,016 people) had completed their second dose.

“The state had a low vaccination rate previously because of low vaccine supply but this had increased in June and July,” she said, highlighting that the number included locals and foreigners who use the MySejahtera application.

“A Greater Klang Valley Task Force had also been set up by Health Ministry to speed up the vaccination rate in Selangor,” Dr Siti Mariah said in replying to Ean Yong Jian Wah (PH-Seri Kembangan) on the reason for the low vaccination rate in Selangor.

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