KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) aims to increase Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Selangor to a quarter of the country’s total vaccine supply soon from 17 per cent.
Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin added that deliveries to Malaysia’s most populous state — which has also been reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases — would be increased when additional vaccine supplies arrive in the coming months.
According to Khairy, 17 per cent of Malaysia’s Covid-19 vaccine supply has been delivered to Selangor, which is roughly proportionate to the population of the state that comprises approximately 20 per cent of the country’s adult population.
“CITF has decided a few weeks ago to increase vaccination capacity in Selangor so that more vaccines will be sent to the state,” Khairy said in a joint press conference today with Health Minister Dr Adham Baba.
“The capacity of the current vaccination centres is unable to cater to larger vaccine delivery capacity. So we have decided that the vaccine delivery to Selangor can be increased by opening up new vaccination centres.”
He added that the new Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) that would be set up in Selangor included mega PPVs that have the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people daily.
Despite the purported constraints on the capacity of PPVs in Selangor, the state has among the highest vaccine demand in the country, recording the third highest registrations for jabs at 69.4 per cent of the adult population, behind Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
Yesterday, Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah complained that the supply of 615,210 vaccine doses for Selangor as of June 1 was disproportionate to the state’s 6.5 million population, equivalent to about nine per cent coverage of Selangor’s total population with just one shot.