KLANG: Just over 615,000 doses of vaccines were received by the Selangor Health Department and not 2.9 million doses as claimed, says state public health executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (pic).
Dr Siti Maria, in a statement, noted that the department received 434,070,146,440 and 34,700 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and AstraZenica vaccines respectively from the Federal Government.
Health news platform CodeBlue had reported that Selangor had only administered 398,029 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as of
May 31 in spite of receiving 2.9 million doses from the Federal Government.
Codeblue had purportedly based its information on data from the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) and the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).
“Referring to the statistics from the Selangor operations centre, 233,874 doses of Covid-19 vaccine was administered during the first phase of the vaccination exercise and 192,096 were administered during the second phase which totals up to 425,970 doses, ’’ said Dr Siti Mariah.
She also pointed out the distribution of the vaccines was wholly managed by the Health Ministry which had sent the doses allocated to the state directly to the Selangor Health Department.
The Selangor Health Department then channels the vaccines to its pharmaceutical unit for distribution to the respective district health departments and vaccination centres (PPV) to be administered in accordance with the stipulated allocations.
“I have referred the matter to the Selangor Health Department which has informed (me) that so far, the vaccine doses received by Selangor was insufficient.
“Therefore, Selangor did not receive 2.9 million doses of vaccine and it is also impossible for the state to have an access of 2.5 million doses to be stored, ’’ she added.
According to Dr Siti Mariah, she found many discrepancies in the Mosti data mentioned in the CodeBlue article.
She noted firstly, the data given was not in tandem with the Covid-19 vaccines received and administered in Selangor.
Secondly, added Dr Siti Mariah, the figures also indicated some states as administering more vaccines than the supply they had received.
“This shows that the data issued is inaccurate and confusing, ’’ said Dr Siti Mariah.
She said Selangor had the capacity to administer a higher number of Covid-19 vaccines than what was currently being administered.
Dr Siti Mariah added the state PPVs were not being used to its maximum capacity as the amount of vaccines received was insufficient.
“I urge henceforth that the implementation of the vaccination programme be carried out transparently with more accurate and current data made available, ’’ she said.
Meanwhile, when contacted earlier in the day, Selangor Covid-19 Task Force chairman Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the state will get to the bottom of how and where CodeBlue got its data from as well as verify all the relevant details mentioned in the article.