I REFER to the report “Inoculation for Covid-19 approaching 400,000 mark” (The Star, April 12).
It is heartening to note that as of the time of writing, 385,251 individuals have received both doses of their vaccine shots under the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. At the same time, 571,472 have received the first dose, bringing the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country to 956,723.
Credit to the authorities for making this possible, as most of the recipients are frontliners comprising health workers and others who have been serving the Malaysian public with great dedication in these trying times.
I am quite certain that many Malaysians are looking forward to the second phase of the immunisation programme, which is slated to run from April 19 till August. As this entails the immunisation of over 9.4 million senior citizens aged 60 and above, and other vulnerable groups, it goes without saying that the authorities are devoting strenuous efforts to ensuring that it runs smoothly and attains the objective of protecting as many people as possible against Covid-19.
According to the authorities, people residing in Selangor are expected to receive their first dose of the vaccine from April 22 and those in Kuala Lumpur from May. As a senior citizen living in the Klang Valley, I look forward to receiving the relevant notification on the vaccine appointment dates through the MySejahtera app in due course.
I recall that the authorities had previously said they intend to vaccinate 126,000 people on a daily basis. It would be reassuring for the public if the authorities could indicate if this is still the case and that the target of vaccinating 80% of the country’s population by February 2022 is still on course.
HUSSAIN ABU BAKAR