KUANTAN: Registration for Covid-19 vaccination in Pahang is still below the target with only 362,909 people having done so through the MySejahtera application, says Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
He said of that number, 115,726 are under phase two of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
Registration through the Pahang Covid-19 Immunisation System (SICP) recorded 270,162 names, which would be handed over to MySejahtera to avoid overlapping data, he added.
"The number is still low, at least 24.4% through SICP and 32.8% through MySejahtera compared to the target of 1.108 million people or 70% of Pahang's population," he said after inspecting the phase two vaccination progress at Wisma Belia here on Monday (April 19).
Wan Rosdy said the low registration could be due to the geographical challenges especially for people in rural areas and also the "wait and see" attitude of some.
"We are worried because there appears to be an increase in the number of cases, not only in Pahang but other states as well.
“If we quicken the pace of vaccination, I believe we can at least slow the spread of the disease and minimise its effects," he said, adding that the state would intensify its awareness campaigns to improve registration numbers.
"Even though we have asked the Pahang Social Action Council, district offices and village chiefs to spread the word, I feel it is still not enough.
"We will be holding a special meeting to discuss ways to increase registrations," added Wan Rosdy.
Under the second phase, 360,000 people are expected to be vaccinated in Pahang by the first week of May at the latest.
Wan Rosdy added that phase three would involve 700,000 people while 32,175 frontliners had already been vaccinated under phase one.
He also assured the public there would be no issue in the delivery of the vaccine.
Asked if the state government was still planning to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, Wan Rosdy said 10,000 additional doses from Sinovac had been ordered and were expected to arrive soon.