Covid-19: 126k people to be vaccinated a day once nationwide programme kicks off, says Health Minister


KULAI: A maximum of 126,000 individuals are expected to be vaccinated a day once the National Covid-19 Vaccination programme kicks-in at the end of the month.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that seven vaccinators would be placed at each of the 600 vaccination stations nationwide.

"The Health Ministry has identified and prepared 600 vaccination stations nationwide that include places such as health clinics as well as government and private hospitals.

"We will place seven vaccinators at each of these stations. One vaccinator is expected to be able to jab 30 individuals in one day, this means that a maximum of 210 people could receive the vaccine at each of the stations daily," he said.

He said this to the press when met after joining an operation to check on foreign workers living quarters at the Senai Industrial area on Saturday (Feb 13).

Dr Adham also assured that there would not be any delay in the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

"We have secured the vaccine and the Vaccination Programme would be rolled out as planned starting from Feb 26 with the first phase focusing on frontliners," he added.

On Feb 4, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was reported to have said that the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme would start at the end of the month with the government targeting 80% of the country's population or 26.5 million individuals to receive the vaccine, to be conducted in three phases and will be given free.

The first phase, from February to April, is for the 500,000 frontliners who are directly involved in the fight against Covid-19, while the second phase, from April to August, is for the high-risk group, comprising senior citizens aged 60 and above and the vulnerable group with morbidity problems, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as persons with disabilities (PwD).

The third phase is from May to February next year and it is for those aged 18 and above.

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