DG: Adults above 60 can walk in for vaccine

Malaysia reported another record-breaking 13,215 new cases yesterday, bringing the total positive cases to 880,782

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

OLDER people aged 60 and above will be allowed vaccination via walk in with pilot testing to start immediately in Selangor before it will be expanded to other states.

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Seremban will also set up selected 24 hours walk-in vaccination centres (PPVs) to expedite the rolling out process, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

“The vaccination is key and to bring the cases down significantly, the rest such as additional beds can only bring temporary relief,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a press conference yesterday.

He said the vaccination success rate depends on each vaccine’s efficacy. Malaysia is currently using five types of vaccines where the efficacy rate varies from 60% to 95%.

“However, based on the average prediction of 80% efficacy rate, if we give out second doses by 150,000 daily, it is possible to control the case. By doing so, we predict the case can be brought to below 1,000 by the end of October this year,” Dr Noor Hisham added.

“This is after looking at the public health measure and vaccination rate in Labuan, which at one point recorded over 1,000 cases emerging from the Delta variant, but now has successfully reduced the cases to only 26 within less than three weeks.”

To date, Labuan has administered 87% first dose and 52% second dose. “We need to exceed on average 52% first dose to bring down the cases.

“We will have to implement the same in the Klang Valley and it is feasible since five million doses will be distributed to the valley soon.”

Malaysia reported another record-breaking 13,215 new cases yesterday, bringing the total positive cases to 880,782.

Out of the total, more than half of the cases were detected in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan with 6,120, 1,499 and 1,603 cases respectively.

A total of 110 deaths were reported, bringing the total fatalities to 6613 (0.75%).

Up to 6,095 patients have recovered, pushing the number of total recoveries to 765,800, equivalent to an 86.9% recovery rate.

Patients in intensive care units recorded a decrease to 885 compared to 950 cases on Wednesday.

According to Selangor Health Director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman, about 65% of patients in the state were Category 1 patients, followed by 20% in Category 2 and 15% in Categories 3 to 5.

He also said 67% were from close contact screenings, 14% from screenings on workers and 12% from individuals exhibiting symptoms.