Khairy promises vaccination ramp-up in Selangor

PUTRAJAYA: Delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to Selangor will be ramped up as the government looks to hasten the vaccination programme in the state, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The coordinating minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme said currently, 17% of the country’s vaccine deliveries were sent to Selangor.

“The CITF (Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force) has made a decision to increase the procurement of vaccines for Selangor.

“Several new mega PPVs (vaccination centres) have been opened in Selangor, including at Setia Alam Convention Centre and UiTM Puncak Alam.

“More mega PPVs will be opened soon so we can prioritise Selangor, in line with our effort to focus on the Covid-19 situation in the Klang Valley, ” he said at his weekly joint press conference with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

Khairy added that the CITF had taken note of Selangor Sultan’s comment on disproportionate and unfair allocation of vaccines to the state.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister also said plans had already been made weeks ago to boost the vaccination drive in Selangor and open new PPVs in the state.

“Extra focus is put into controlling the pandemic in Selangor, which is the most populous state in the country.

“We are aiming to ramp up the deliveries of vaccines to Selangor up to 25% of the country’s total, and probably more when we get additional supplies in the future, ” he said.

Khairy said that the CITF was also looking to add more mobile PPVs using lorries at red zones, particularly in the Klang Valley.

The minister also said there had been a mix-up with the data of those who registered for vaccination programmes in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

“This is because some people in Selangor have addresses in Kuala Lumpur, causing the mix-up, ” he added.

On Tuesday, Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed shock that the state had received “a disproportionate and unfair amount” of Covid-19 vaccines.

As the nation’s biggest gross domestic product contributor, he said Selangor should be given due priority.

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