KUANTAN: The delay in Covid-19 vaccination at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital (HTAA) is because doses have been used up, says Pahang Health director Datuk Dr Bahari Che Awang Ngah.
He clarified the rescheduling of appointment was not due to queue-jumping, noting that the postponement involved those scheduled to receive their jabs from March 2 to 4.
The vaccine supply received for frontliners under Pahang’s immunisation programme, which started on Friday, was exhausted, he said.
“The situation has resulted in the earlier vaccine dispensing schedule to be postponed to another date when supply is replenished soon.
“However, I wish to stress that there is no issue of queue cutting... it was due to vaccine supply running out. We know the priority of the vaccination is for front line workers, ” he told Bernama.
Dr Bahari was commenting on allegations, which went viral on Facebook yesterday, claiming that the delay was due to the doses being given to privileged individuals.
Pahang received 23,400 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with 9,360 doses distributed to HTAA last Thursday.
“I hope the public will not make their own assumptions over the matter. They should call the Pahang Health Department to obtain the true information, ” he said.