CITF To Review Vaccination Strategy Outside Klang Valley After Operation Surge Capacity

High numbers of Covid-19 cases were reported in almost every part of the country today.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) will relook its vaccination strategy in other states, as Covid-19 infections surge outside Klang Valley, once Operation Surge Capacity is completed.

Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government is currently focused on meeting the targets set under Operation Surge Capacity, which plans to give all adult residents in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose by August 1.

CodeBlue reported earlier today that Klang Valley’s Operation Surge Capacity was on track to meeting its first goal of vaccinating 1.3 million people in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur with their first dose between July 16 and July 25, as more than 132,000 first doses were given daily on average in the past week.

“We want to make sure Operation Surge Capacity is completed first on August 1. The Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Family Health Development Division (BPPK) continues to advise CITF on the deployment of the vaccines based on the case incidence in each state.

“So, every week we revise our distribution strategy based on input from BPPK that comes from analysis of the incidence of new cases,” Khairy said at a media briefing this afternoon.

The press conference by the coordinating minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme was held before the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported a daily record high of 15,173 new Covid-19 cases today.

Selangor (7,672), Kedah (937) and Penang (530) recorded daily high infection numbers today. Major outbreaks were also reported in every other part of the country, except Perlis and Labuan, continuing a trend since yesterday that saw 13,034 reported Covid-19 cases nationwide.

Only Sarawak and Labuan have more than half of their adult populations fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at 51.5 per cent and 70.7 per cent respectively. Over a third of Perlis’ adult population is fully inoculated. 

Just 23.8 per cent of the Klang Valley is fully vaccinated, with 71.9 per cent having received at least one dose as of yesterday. Other states reported full vaccination for below a quarter of their adult residents.

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