KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — At least 94 per cent of adults above the age of 18 in Selangor have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to Selangor state executive councillor for public health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud.
As of November 22, a total of 4,276,563 adults in Selangor have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, with the remaining 275,237 adults in the state unvaccinated.
“A small proportion of those unvaccinated are those classified as people who cannot receive the vaccine or have contraindications to the Covid-19 vaccine, while the rest are those who reject the vaccine.
“Some unreached groups are currently being pursued by the district health office’s outreach team,” Dr Siti Mariah told the Selangor state legislative assembly today in response to Bukit Lanjan assemblywoman Elizabeth Wong Keat Ping’s question on the state’s Covid-19 vaccination status.
Meanwhile, a total of 495,447 adolescents aged between 12 and 17 in Selangor, or 87.1 per cent out of an estimated teenage population of 569,100, have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose. About 73,653 remain unvaccinated, as of November 22.
“For the teenage population (ages 12 to 17), the administration of Covid-19 vaccines is still ongoing and this involves all agencies including the state education department, the district education office, and civil societies.
“For teenagers who face difficulties in going to vaccination centres, like teens who do not attend school, Orang Asli teens, teens in shelter homes or rehabilitation institutions, vaccines will be administered via outreach programmes done by the district health office’s outreach team and non-government organisations like MERCY and IMARET,” Dr Siti Mariah said.
Among Selangor’s 22,314 civil servants, Dr Siti Mariah said some 132 (0.59 per cent) civil servants across 43 state departments and agencies remain unvaccinated, as of November 16.
Following the Public Service Department’s (JPA) directive which took effect on October 18, and the state administration’s subsequent approval to implement the federal directive on November 10, all civil servants are required to fully vaccinate as required by the government.
“Therefore, on or after November 1, 2021, civil officers may be instructed by their heads of department to obtain complete Covid-19 vaccine doses by submitting their Covid-19 digital vaccination certificate.
“Any officer who fails to comply with the directive given by their department heads will be subjected to disciplinary action or their services terminated.
“If the officer is unable to receive the Covid-19 vaccine for health reasons, they may be directed to conduct a health check-up with a registered medical practitioner to confirm that the officer is medically ineligible to receive Covid-19 vaccines,” Dr Siti Mariah said.