With case numbers climbing, Negri govt appeals for more Covid-19 vaccine supply

SEREMBAN: The Negri Sembilan government wants Federal authorities to increase the supply of Covid-19 vaccine to the state which has seen a high number of cases in recent days.

State Health Committee chairman S. Veerapan said although the Health authorities are able to inoculate 14,000 individuals a day in the state, the amount of vaccine received was insufficient.

"We have written to Khairy Jamaluddin, who is the coordinating minister (of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Prorgramme).

"The Federal authorities need to look into this quickly because even though we are allowed to buy vaccines directly, we still have to go through them," he said in a statement on Monday (June 14).

However, Veerapan did not state the number of vaccine doses the state had received so far.

On Sunday (June 13), Veerapan said the number of cases in the state had spiked in recent days due to an increase in targeted testing among workers, especially in the industrial sector.

He said the surge was also partly due to more testing of close contacts and symptom-based screening by health authorities.

Negri Sembilan registered 618 cases on Saturday (June 12), making it the state with the second highest number of cases that day.

There were 685 cases recorded on June 11, an increase from June 10 (593). It recorded 507 cases on June 9,505 on June 8 and 571 on June 7.

He said the state should receive more supply as it would be increasing its vaccination centres to 59 by the end of this month.

The state government also plans to open a mega vaccination centre soon with the proposed location at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia in Nilai.

"In fact, government medical officers are also prepared to work during weekends so that we can get more people vaccinated," he said.

Veerapan said the state government has also written to vaccine-producing companies for supply of Pfizer, Sinovac, Sinopharm and Moderna but had not received any reply.

He also urged the Federal authorities to deploy more vaccine types if it wished to achieve herd immunity faster.

Citing an example, he said the Indian government had approved the Russian-produced Sputnik vaccine and the number of cases there fell drastically.

As of Sunday, Negri Sembilan has recorded 33,782 cumulative cases and 213 deaths. The number of patients undergoing treatment stood at 5,127.

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