Names of nearly 70,000 from vulnerable groups submitted for vaccination, says ministry

PETALING JAYA: The names of some 68,000 senior citizens and those with special needs (OKU) have been submitted for vaccination against Covid-19, says the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.

“The ministry, through the Welfare Department, has submitted a name list of a target group totaling 68,003 names to the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) comprising 48,564 senior citizens and 19,439 OKU registered for vaccination, ” the ministry said in a statement on Monday (May 17).

The ministry added that the 48,564 senior citizens are members of the Senior Citizen Activity Centre and residents of institutions under its supervision.

The OKU name list comprises trainees under the Community Rehabilitation Programme, it added.

The ministry also said it is working closely with Mosti, the Health Ministry, and the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) to ensure this target group is not left behind under the national vaccination programme.

To date, the ministry noted, six institutions under the Welfare Department have been given dates by the Health Ministry to begin the vaccination process, with some 40,000 doses of vaccine set aside.

The ministry said it is also monitoring compliance of standard operating procedures at 382 centres for the care of senior citizens and 196 centres for the care of OKU under the Welfare Department.

As of May 11, the ministry had carried out checks on 404 other centres.

The ministry added those seeking further information on the immunisation programme can visit or contact Talian Kasih 15999 or WhatsApp 019-2615999.

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