More peninsular states get their vaccine doses


Important cargo: Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital staff carrying a box of vaccines to be stored at the Vaccine Storage Centre. Looking on is Dr Nor Azimi (centre). — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: More states in Peninsular Malaysia have received their supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, Comirnaty, on the second day of the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Melaka, Kelantan, Perak, Pahang and Perlis received the vaccine supply on Wednesday.

The immunisation programme started on Wednesday with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being the first to receive his jab.

In Kedah, a DHL lorry carrying 2,340 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived safely at 12.40pm yesterday at the Integrated Pharmacy Logistics Unit store of the Langkawi Health Office at the Air Hangat Clinic.

The lorry had travelled from Penang International Airport to Kuala Perlis Jetty in Perlis before using the ferry service to Tanjung Lembung, Langkawi.

It is understood that a total of 12 vaccinators will receive the shots this Sunday followed by 400 frontliners at the Langkawi Health Office.

In Terengganu, the first batch of more than 16,000 doses arrived safely at the Main Pharmacy Unit of the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital, Kuala Terengganu, at 1.30pm.

Three vaccine storage centres in Kuala Terengganu, Kemaman and Setiu also received their supply of vaccines yesterday.

State Health director Dr Nor Azimi Yunus said the vaccination process for all frontliners will start on March 2.

Meanwhile, Terengganu Civil Defence Force director Mohd Rosman Abdullah said a total of 530 officers and personnel would get the shots in the first phase of the immunisation programme in the state.

In Penang, Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow will get the first shot on Sunday.

“To date, the Penang Health Department has informed that a total of 15 Vaccine Administration Centres have been identified involving three halls for each district in the state, ” he said in a statement. — Bernama

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