KUALA LUMPUR, August 16 — More than half a million people who registered for Covid-19 vaccination in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have not received a single dose, said Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran.
He cited official statistics from the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply’s (JKJAV) website that showed 539,886 people in the capital city and Selangor who registered for their shots have yet to be inoculated, excluding people who have yet to register or walk in for their jabs.
Rajiv said first-dose Covid-19 vaccinations plunged from a high 150,000 first doses in the last week of July, to slightly over 30,000 doses a day in both Kuala Lumpur and Selangor combined.
“The Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) needs to come clean on this, as slowing down vaccination in KL and Selangor means putting lives at stake,” he said in a statement today.
The DAP state lawmaker cited a news report by Free Malaysia Today of Dr Steven Chow, president of the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Associations, Malaysia (FPMPAM), who claimed earlier this month that general practitioners (GPs) were no longer allowed to give first vaccine doses.
ProtectHealth Corporation, which manages coronavirus vaccination by private GPs and hospitals, however, has denied the claim.
Rajiv also claimed that the MBPJ Civic Hall mega vaccination centre (PPV) in his constituency is also not assigned first-dose appointments but only second-dose appointments now.
“The JKJAV should reinstate all panel clinics for the first dose in order to make vaccination more accessible to the masses in KL and Selangor areas, rather than the current practice of asking those without appointments to walk-in to one of 10 centres which could be very far and would discourage many from walking in,” he said.
He added that the JKJAV has already conceded that it does not know how many adults are in the KL-Selangor region due to migration and undocumented immigrants.
“Unless the problem is that we are running low on vaccine supply? This surely can’t be the case as the Dewan Rakyat was recently told that Pharmaniaga Bhd has three million excess stock in its storage,” Rajiv said.
According to JKJAV, 105.2 per cent of Klang Valley’s adult population has received at least one vaccine dose. This figure in excess of 100 per cent includes change in population size since the last census, as well as undocumented workers and non-residents.