Perak to receive 79,560 doses of vaccines in first phase of immunisation programme


IPOH: Perak is expected to receive some 79,560 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

State health committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the vaccines would first be given to the frontliners.

"A total of 33,503 frontliners would be the first batch to get the vaccine. The Perak Mentri Besar and the state exco members will also be getting it during the first phase," he said on Sunday (Feb 21).

"There will be 49 vaccination centres in the state that have been prepared for the first phase, including the Stadium Indera Mulia here," he said.

"The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah is concerned about the programme and will visit the stadium on Tuesday (Feb 23)," he added.

Mohd Akmal said the second phase of the programme is expected to be held between April and August.

He said it would be for senior citizens aged 60 and above and those who are high-risk due to chronic diseases like heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and the disabled.

"As for the third phase, it is expected to begin in May this year and run until February 2022, and will be for those aged 18 years and above, including non-Malaysians.

"Priority will be given to those in the red zones, followed by yellow and green," he said, adding that more vaccination centres would be identified by the respective district officers.

He said registration for the public would begin in March.

"Registration can be done via the MySejahtera mobile app, www.vaksinCovid.gov.my and at government or private health facilities, ” said Mohd Akmal

"A hotline number will be announced later. The Health Ministry will also hold outreach programmes for rural and inland areas. We hope the programme can overcome the pandemic and break its chain of infection," he added.

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