‘Book appointment for vaccine booster shot’

A woman being vaccinated at Taman Eng Ann Multipurpose Hall in Klang in July. As of Dec 3, some 312,928 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered under the Selvax Community programme. — Filepic

SELANGOR folk keen to get free booster doses under the state’s Selvax Booster Programme are advised to book an appointment via the Selangkah app to avoid overcrowding.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that while walk-in slots were still available, he advised the public to make a booking at their selected Selcare clinics to be assured of a spot, as well as reduce wait time.

“I was informed that we have had good response from the public since we kicked off the free booster programme today.

“We are managing the situation and improving as needed, including looking at increasing the daily vaccine quota at each clinic so those who turn up will not be disappointed,” he said during the state assembly sitting yesterday.

He was responding to a supplementary question from Elizabeth Wong (PH-Bukit Lanjan) at the Selangor state assembly sitting, in Shah Alam, on where Selangor residents could go to get their free booster doses.

Amirudin said senior citizens and those with comorbidities would be prioritised for walk-ins at any of the 17 participating Selcare clinics for booster shots.

Later, speaking to reporters on the sidelines and asked to address complaints that users had to pay before they could book an appointment on Selangkah, he reiterated that the booster jab was free of charge.

He added that there were ample doses at each Selcare clinic.

On Tuesday, the state government announced that it was offering free Sinovac booster jabs to Selangor folk, regardless of whether or not they were previously recipients under the Selvax programme.

Some 157,000 Sinovac booster doses have been allocated for the first phase under the state government’s Selvax vaccination programme for those who have completed their first two Covid-19 vaccination doses.

The full list of participating Selcare clinics is available at https://selcareclinic.com/our-clinics.

To an earlier question by Rajiv Rishyakaran (PH-Bukit Gasing) on the state’s vaccine stock, Amirudin replied that as of Nov 1, the Selvax Industry programme had a surplus of 537,045 doses.

Answering on behalf of public health, welfare, women empowerment and family committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud, Amirudin explained that the vaccines had a shelf life of three years and would be used up within the state or sold to other states and countries.

“But before that, we want to ensure that the vaccines are used to fulfil the state’s need, including the booster programme.”

As at Dec 3, some 312,928 doses had been administered under the Selvax Community programme while 3,572 doses were given under the Selvax Youth programme.

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