KUALA LUMPUR (July 15): People over the age of 60 in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor who have yet to be vaccinated can walk in to any Covid-19 vaccination centre (PPV) for their jab without an appointment.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, who announced this today, said the walk-in approach will be extended to other states soon.
Speaking at a media briefing, the Minister said to date 2.5 million senior citizens (aged 60 and above) in the nation have received at least one dose of the vaccination.
“We also would like to announce that the industrial PPVs will be allowed to operate on a 24-hour basis in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan.
“This is part of efforts to ramp up the vaccination rate within the greater Klang Valley area,” he said.
Dr Adham also said that general practitioners (GPs) in Selangor will be allowed to give “walk-in” Covid-19 jabs to those over the age of 60.
“A total of 2,229 private practices or GPs in Selangor and 1,254 GPs in Kuala Lumpur can participate in the vaccination programme.
“Currently a total of 700 GPs have been facilitating the vaccination programme in the Klang Valley,” the Minister said.
The Health Ministry estimated that over 300,000 vaccinations can be administered daily once everyone is involved.
Meanwhile, commenting on the recent statement by the Kelantan Health Department that it will stop dispensing the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine and replace it with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at all vaccination centres in the state, Dr Adham said Kelantan will receive a supply of Pfizer vaccine as the State has been supplied with Sinovac vaccine before.
“Our country has an adequate supply of Pfizer because we are importing over 44 million doses of Pfizer vaccine compared with 16 million doses of Sinovac,” he said.
Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 vaccination rate exceeded the 400,000 mark for the third straight day to 434,828 doses yesterday (July 14).
Cumulatively, a total of 12.65 million doses have been delivered nationwide.
Selangor reported the highest number of daily shots for first doses yesterday at 87,284, followed by Kuala Lumpur (48,343) and Sarawak (21,484).
For second doses, Sarawak delivered the highest number of daily jabs at 52,652, followed by Selangor (26,862) and Kuala Lumpur (22,266).
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