PETALING JAYA: There is concern as the number of persons with disabilities (PwD) who have registered for the Covid-19 vaccination via the MySejahtera application is still too low.
There are 240,991 registrations compared to the 600,000 PwDs registered with the Social Welfare Department (JKM), said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.
So far, 10,229 of them have received at least the first dose.
“We will continue to work so that this number will increase and the disabled will not be left behind in the vaccination programme,” she said when visiting the drive-through vaccination centre (PPV) for the disabled and their caregivers at Sime Darby Plantation Bhd here yesterday.
Also present was OKU Sentral president Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi.
The drive-through PPV for the PwDs, which is the first of its kind in the country and in South-East Asia, is the ministry’s collaboration with OKU Sentral and Sime Darby Plantation, said Rina.
The PPV aims to vaccinate 16,000 disabled people and their caregivers in a programme scheduled to run until October.
Rina said the ministry welcomed the collaboration with more corporate companies for the setting up of such PPVs to facilitate and expedite the vaccination exercise of the disabled community.
The Star reported that according to the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply, Malaysia dispensed 197,963 doses on Monday. The figure is the highest ever recorded since the programme started on Feb 24.
Hitting 200,000 jabs daily is a psychological milestone as it was reached ahead of the national target.
On June 8, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government had set a target to vaccinate at least 200,000 people a day from July, before increasing it to 300,000 a day in August.