KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 — The tussle over Covid-19 vaccines between the federal and Selangor state governments continued today, as Selangor insisted that it received fewer doses than claimed by the federal administration.
Selangor state public health executive councillor Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said, citing the Selangor state health department (JKNS) records, that JKNS had received 1,189,350 doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of June 27, including 954,051 doses that have been distributed. JKNS will receive around 60,000 more doses today.
Her statement contradicted Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who said this morning that the federal government has delivered 1,367,306 coronavirus vaccine doses to Selangor as of June 27, including 1,044,700 that have been administered.
According to Dr Siti Mariah, Selangor only has about 20 per cent of the Covid-19 vaccine doses it received left in supply, or some 235,277 doses.
“This supply is only expected to last for another two days if this (vaccination) process is carried out using the full capacity of Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs),” Dr Siti Mariah mentioned in a statement.
The state is able to inoculate 87,616 people per day across 73 PPVs in Selangor, she said.
However, with the current available supply, Selangor’s daily Covid-19 vaccine administration rate is only 53,037 jabs per day, she added.
“The problem in Selangor is the shortage of vaccine supply, not capacity or number of PPVs.”
Khairy earlier today stated that Selangor has the lowest Covid-19 vaccine utilisation rate in the country at 76 per cent.
Two weeks ago, the state claimed that it was able to administer 40,000 doses per day for the month of June, he added.