Everyone who was left behind will be vaccinated within the first week of August.
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National Covid-19 Immunization Program (PICK) Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today (2 August) announced the successful end of Operation Surge Capacity – a program implemented with the aim to get as many adults in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor vaccinated with the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible.
The operation which began from 26 July till 1 August had sent out more than 1.6 million vaccination appointments to residents in the Klang Valley, and as of date, 96.7% of adults here have been vaccinated once while 37.5% have been fully vaccinated.
Although the program was shy of its target of reaching a full 100% adult vaccination rate in the Klang Valley, KJ explained that we will try to vaccinate everyone who was “left behind” by the first week of August.
Some of these people might have canceled or were absent for their vaccination appointments.PICK Minister Khairy Jamaluddin via Facebook.
He said that these individuals will promptly receive their rescheduled vaccination appointments or choose to walk-in for injections at designated Covid-19 Vaccination Centers (PPV).
No one left behind
KJ said that the next step for Klang Valley was to ‘mop up’ and ensure that everyone, including those who have not registered for the vaccine, to be inoculated via walk-ins and mobile community outreach programs in rural communities.
Priority will be given to the elderly and individuals with comorbidities or critical illness.
KJ also added that separate PPV centers will be opened for Malaysian citizens and foreigners for better crowd control.
The Minister stressed that walk-in vaccinations in the Klang Valley are only open to Klang Valley residents.
Residents over the age of 40 who have not yet received their vaccination appointments or previously cancelled their appointments can walk-in to one of nine PPVs designated for the process
Vaksinasi secara walk-in di Lembah Klang bermula hari ini bagi Warganegara Malaysia berusia 40 tahun ke atas atau komorbid. Walk-in bermula jam 2 petang di setiap PPV berikut secara first-come-first-serve. pic.twitter.com/08H8hjSaHT— Vaksin COVID-19 🇲🇾 (@JKJAVMY) August 2, 2021
Senior citizens, however, can walk-in to any PPVs in the Klang Valley to get vaccinated.
The mop up campaign will go on till 22 August in hopes to get the remaining 3% of Klang Valley’s adult population vaccinated.
KJ explained that as of date, 95% of elderly people across the country have registered to receive the vaccine and PPVs nationwide will begin accepting walk-ins for senior citizens next week.
Merdeka day target
PICK now targets to vaccinate at least 40% of the adult population in each individual state across the country by the end of August.
Vaccination distributions nationwide will be based on two criteria so that states that have fallen behind can catch up;
- States with increasing Covid-19 cases.
- States with low vaccination rates.
According to Malaysia’s National Recovery Plan that had been laid out by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Md. Yassin, the country aims to inoculate 60% of the population by December 2021.
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was confident that Malaysia can immunize 80% of our population by September this year.
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