States start getting their doses


Precious cargo: A DHL Express vehicle carrying the Covid-19 vaccine being escorted by police on the way to the vaccine storage centre at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: More states in Peninsular Malaysia have started receiving their supply of the Covid-19 vaccine, Comirnaty, produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, marking the beginning of the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Perak received 33,000 doses of the vaccine.

In Ipoh, state police chief Comm Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the vaccines would be sent to four vaccine storage centres (VSC) located in Ipoh, Lumut, Taiping and Teluk Intan.

“The vaccines have safely arrived at the VSC located at Hospital Taiping and Lumut Naval Base Hospital.

“These vaccines were brought from the storage centre in Bayan Lepas, Penang, ” he told reporters at the Jelapang toll booth here yesterday.

On Sunday, Perak Health Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin said 49 vaccination centres in the state including Indera Mulia Stadium had been prepared for the first phase.

Perak is expected to receive 79,560 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the programme where a total of 33,503 frontliners will be among the first to be immunised.

Comm Mior Faridalathrash said the vaccination programme was expected to start on March 1.

“For the first phase, Perak police have submitted 3,000 names to the Health Ministry and are awaiting feedback from the ministry, ” he said, adding that there were more than 10,000 police personnel in Perak.

He said police personnel would be placed at VSC for monitoring and surveillance.

Bernama reported that in Kedah, state health department director Dr Mohd Fikri Ujang said 50,310 vaccine doses were allocated for the first phase of the immunisation programme in the state, to be received in stages starting yesterday.

He said that the first phase would see 25,155 vaccine recipients including medical and healthcare frontliners from the Health Ministry (MOH) and the private sector, as well as those from the security sector including the police, Malaysian Civil Defence Force, Immigration Department, Prison Department, and Fire and Rescue Department.

The vaccine will be placed at the VSC in Kota Setar, Kuala Muda and Langkawi districts, with 57 vaccination centres having been listed statewide, 46 of which are located at MOH healthcare facilities.

In Terengganu, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar said the Covid-19 vaccination exercise in the state was scheduled to kick off tomorrow, with him being the first to get the jab.

“Terengganu is expected to receive about 15,000 doses of the vaccine in the first phase, ” he said.

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