JOHOR government hopes the Federal Government will expedite the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines for those aged 18 and below in the state.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pic) said providing vaccines to the group was more important than giving a third dose or a booster shot to those already vaccinated, including frontliners.
He said the state government welcomed the move by Health Ministry to vaccinate those who were below 18 years old.
Hasni said this in his reply to questions raised by several assemblymen during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar.
He said that vaccination was a key component to the state’s exit strategy in recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The state government has set a target of 100% for the adult population — those aged 18 and above — to complete their second dose by the third week of October.
“Until Sept 5, some 83.08% or 2.2 million of the adult population had received their first dose while 52.61% or 1.4 million individuals had completed their second dose,” he said.
Hasni also said under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, the state had between March and Sept 5 received over 4.7 million vaccination doses.
“The vaccines that Johor received were Pfizer (2.4 million doses) Sinovac (1.8 million doses) and AstraZeneca (410,750 doses),” he added.
He also announced that the state would be receiving some 400,000 vaccine doses donated by Singapore and United Arab Emirates (UAE) soon.
Hasni said this was not the first time that Singapore had donated vaccines.
The island republic had also given 20,000 Sinovac doses to the state on July 29.
“Singapore will be providing another 100,640 Pfizer vaccine doses to the state government soon.
“On top of that, we will also receive 300,000 SinoPharm vaccine doses contributed by the UAE government,” he added.