Through SelVax, Selangor aims to administer 2.5m doses of Sinovac vaccine to its population by October
by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN
SELANGOR aims to immunise about 8,000 Mentari Court residents which is currently under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).
The vaccination started yesterday and is expected to be completed by Friday.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said Mentari Court has almost 9,000 residents comprising 7,200 citizens and 1,750 foreigners, not 17,000 people as initially estimated.
“Over 5,000 have undergone Covid-19 screenings and we only need to screen 1,500 people. The positive rate for Covid-19 tests here is over 7%.
“So far, 120 people have been confirmed positive. If the rate increases, it is likely that we will see about 400 to 500 positive cases here,” he said after visiting the residential area yesterday.
Unlike other EMCO areas, the EMCO at Mentari Court not only focuses on Covid-19 screenings and containment activities, but also includes vaccination to the residents, setting up a Covid-19 assessment centre and temporary quarantine and treatment centre.
“We think this module can be carried out in larger EMCO areas, so we will apply it at other EMCO localities, including Taman Murni, Sepang,” Amirudin said.
Amirudin added that Selangor had increased the vaccination rate for its people to achieve the target of 135,000 doses per day as set by the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme.
“Last week, we increased the number of doses to 53,000 per day and with the Selangor Vaccine Programme (SelVax) and so on, we can increase the number to 135,000 per day this month,” he said.
Separately, employers participating in SelVax Industry, one of the two-pronged SelVax, must pay RM350 per employee, which covers two doses of the vaccine.
Selangor executive councillor for industry and trade Datuk Teng Chang Khim said the cost of the entire programme including service, system, management and vaccination will be solely borne by the employer.
Through SelVax, Selangor aims to administer 2.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccine to its population by October, with 500,000 doses set aside for ordinary citizens under SelVax Community and two million doses for one million employees under SelVax Industry.
The manufacturing and services sectors, as well as factories and companies with the most employees will be prioritised.
However, small and medium enterprises with less than 200 employees will also be included in the programme simultaneously.
In a press conference yesterday, Teng warned participants against reselling the appointment slots they have acquired to other companies or individuals.
The initial phase of SelVax Industry began on June 26. To date, over 62,000 companies with a total of 2.9 million workers have registered.
“More than 13,000 workers have been vaccinated and 50,000 are in the process of receiving their doses,” Teng said.
The next phase of SelVax Industry will start on July 25 until the end of October.
Teng assured that there will be a synchronisation between the SELangkah and MySejahtera applications for those participating in SelVax.
“We are here to assist the federal government to shorten the queue in MySejahtera,” he noted.
SelVax Industry focuses on companies registered and/or operating in Selangor and the Klang Valley, companies in the essential sector or businesses approved by the National Security Council, and companies with a large number of employees.
Vaccination centres for SelVax Industry are Tropicana Gardens Mall, Kota Damansara; Evo Mall, Bandar Baru Bangi; Hotel De Palma, Shah Alam; Kompleks Sukan PKNS, Kelana Jaya; and Aurora Place, Bukit Jalil.
SelVax Industry would also be administered at workplaces, subject to the suitability of the location, and the Selcare panel clinics.