Selangor, federal govts at loggerheads over vaccine supply issue

The govt has allowed Selangor to start a vaccination programme to complement NCIP

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

SELANGOR Public Health, Unity, Women and Family Development Committee chairperson Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the state’s Covid-19 vaccine supply is only enough for another two days.

She said checks showed that 1,189,350 doses were received by the state, contrary to National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar’s figure of 1,367,306.

“A total of 954,051 doses have been administered. Therefore, only about 20% or 235,277 doses remain. This can only last for two more days if vaccination is carried out at full capacity,” she said in a statement yesterday.

However, Dr Siti Mariah thanked the government for the additional 60,000 doses that have been promised to Selangor soon.

The 73 vaccination centres (PPVs) in the state, at full capacity, can administer 87,616 doses daily.

“However, with the current supply, the daily rate is at 53,037 doses only.

“God willing, when coupled with the Selangor Vaccination Programme, we could achieve the target set by the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), with 135,000 and 165,000 daily vaccination rates come July and August,” she said.

On Sunday, Dr Siti Mariah said PPVs in Selangor would be forced to stop operations if the state’s vaccine supply is not replenished soon.

She added that Selangor has 87,616 doses while it was dispensing an average of 50,000 first doses and 20,000 second doses daily.

In a press conference yesterday, Khairy rebutted Dr Siti Mariah’s claims and asserted how the vaccination efforts in Selangor are slow despite its vaccine supplies.

He said according to CITF data, Selangor received 1.3 million doses of vaccines on June 27 and it still has 322,606 unused vaccines.

Khairy questioned Selangor’s low vaccine utilisation rate which is currently at 76%, the lowest in the country.

Melaka is leading at 94%, followed by Terengganu and Negri Sembilan at 92%.

He added that the amount of Covid-19 vaccine supplied to Selangor was based on the data provided by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

He said during the meeting, the state government informed it could only administer 40,000 injections per day this month.

“We provided the vaccines according to the daily administering capacity. So, I am not sure what Dr Siti Mariah was referring to, since she was not present at the meeting,” he said after officiating the Tanjong Karang Covid-19 PPV yesterday.

The minister hoped that Selangor could increase its daily capacity to 130,000 vaccinations in July as more PPVs will be opened.

Khairy said each state government will have to increase their daily capacity of Covid-19 vaccine administration by more than 90% starting July.

This is because more vaccines are expected to arrive soon, which will be distributed to PPVs and state governments next month.

“Many vaccine supplies will arrive on July 1. I do not want the vaccines to ‘sit’ in the fridge. If there is no PPV, then our consumption rate will fall. So, I have asked all states to increase consumption to 90% and above. That 10% will act as a ‘buffer’ because if we use 100% a day, it will be empty later,” he added.

The minister said more PPVs will be set up in all districts next month.

On another note, the government has allowed Selangor to start a vaccination programme to complement NCIP.

Khairy said Selangor had requested Sinovac vaccines from Pharmaniaga Bhd which will enable the state to run its own Covid-19 vaccination programme.

However, Khairy said Pharmaniaga will only supply Selangor’s order after the federal government receives its full supply.

Selangor began its own vaccination programme yesterday under Selgate Healthcare Sdn Bhd. It will be carried out in 24 vaccination centres, including convention centres, six community halls and 13 SelCare clinics.