SEREMBAN: One million senior citizens nationwide have received the first dose of the vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.
The Women, Family and Community Development Minister said of the total, 229,462 individuals had completed two doses of vaccination while the rest received the first dose since the second phase of the vaccination exercise which prioritises senior citizens commenced in April.
“In total, 60% of 3.5 million senior citizens, aged 60 and above, had registered for vaccination through the MySejahtera application.
“We have seen an increase in the number of those who want to get vaccinated, ” she said after visiting the Social Welfare Department (JKM) institution for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme at Rumah Sejahtera Senior Care Centre in Sikamat, on Saturday.
On the suitability of the type of vaccine for the group, she said each senior individual would be given an explanation by a health expert at the vaccination centre (PPV).
She said her ministry, through relevant agencies, was also identifying the elderly who are homeless, for vaccinations.
Rina also suggested that all levels of society should play a role to encourage the remaining 40% of the group to register for vaccination. — Bernama