KUALA LUMPUR, August 23 — Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching today raised recurring shortages of Covid-19 vaccines in Johor amid surging infections in the state.
Teo noted that the PIKAS Covid-19 vaccine centre (PPV) in EduCity Sports Complex is now short of vaccines two weeks after starting operations on August 2.
The PPV in EduCity Iskandar, meanwhile, is postponing first-dose vaccinations from today onwards until further notice after it was informed about a shortage of first-dose vaccine allocations yesterday.
The DAP lawmaker pointed out that Johor has been recording more than 1,000 coronavirus infections daily since July 29. Johor’s Covid-19 intensive care units (ICU) currently exceed full capacity, while hospital bed capacity has reached 92 per cent.
About 68 per cent of the southern state’s adult population has received at least one dose, below the national average of 78 per cent.
“Despite the promise that Johor will receive two million doses of vaccine in August, PPV in Johor is still facing vaccine shortage,” Teo said in a statement.
“This is completely unacceptable as many manufacturing industries are waiting for their vaccination appointments so that their workers can be fully vaccinated and they can resume operation.
“Every day’s delay is critical and may expose the public to infection or even risk of death. The public is angry when their vaccination appointments are deferred or suspended. CITF (Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force) must be fair to Johor and make sure all PPVs in Johor are operating in their maximum capacity.”