Covid-19: Economic frontliners to receive jabs in second phase, says Khairy


SHAH ALAM: People who are considered as economic frontliners will be the additional group included in the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the addition in phase two, which was initially intended only for senior citizens aged 60 and above as well as high-risk groups, is due to the low number of registrations for the vaccines.

Khairy, who is the coordinating minister for the programme, however, said its second phase will still emphasise on the high-risk and vulnerable groups.

“The elderly, high-risk groups, the disabled and those with chronic illness will still be prioritised in the second phase, ’’ Khairy told a press conference at the Selangor state secretariat on Thursday (March 25).

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari was also present.

The duo spoke to the media after jointly attending the Selangor Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force meeting here.

Khairy said he will make known the agreed groups on Monday (March 29).

He also noted the high awareness level in Selangor, with the state recording the most registrations for the Covid-19 vaccines.

The state also recorded the highest number of vaccines administered in the nation during phase one of the programme, which is still ongoing.

“We will improve our vaccine registration strategy via face-to-face registration through a joint programme with the state government’s machinery as well as with the help of non-governmental organisations, ’’ said Khairy.

He said the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) and other organisations will also be roped in to go house-to-house and initiate registration in areas frequented by the people.

The minister also said some 90 vaccination centres are operational in Selangor and his ministry is coordinating to see if there is a need for more vaccination centres to be set up.

He said the subsequent phases will be further improved after scrutinising the first phase as the government is intent on increasing the number of vaccinations in the coming phase.

Meanwhile, Amirudin said more than 83% of those registered for the first phase of the inoculation programme have received their first dose.

“My target after this will be to focus on getting ready for the second and third phases such as registrations and logistics pertaining to the vaccination centres," he said.

The Mentri Besar added that the preparation for the subsequent phases will be managed by district administrations and state-level officers.

He also said the state will expedite the vaccinations for those in the industrial sector as Selangor is the nation’s centre for economic growth.

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