CITF to expand walk-ins for senior citizens next week

As of Aug 1, we still have 3.3% left of unvaccinated adults in the Klang Valley, says minister

by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by BERNAMA

THE Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) will expand the walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens nationwide starting next week, which will be carried out by each state’s CITF.

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (picture) said to date, most states have reached a percentage of over 95% of registered senior citizens who have received their vaccines.

“Some states have started to do the walk-ins and some are ready. We leave it to the state CITF to make announcements and implementations of the matter,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

Towards the objective, Khairy Jamaluddin said the NCIP has set two criteria in delivering vaccines to all states — outbreak control and states with a low rate of vaccination.

“We want to ensure states with a low rate of vaccination to be assisted towards achieving the 40% threshold value.”

Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the science, technology and innovation minister, said Operation Surge Capacity in the Klang Valley ended successfully yesterday with more than 1.65 million vaccination appointments issued from July 26 to Aug 1.

“As of Aug 1, we still have 3.3% left of the unvaccinated adult population in the Klang Valley. We expect to settle this balance in the near future.”

The CITF will continue its vaccination efforts throughout the Klang Valley by focusing on those who have dropped out of vaccination through a comprehensive initiative (mop-up), as well as providing opportunities for those who are not registered and do not have an appointment to receive vaccinations.

Malaysians aged 40 and above or those with comorbidities who do not have any appointments or not registered can also go to the nine listed mega vaccination centres (PPVs) for walk-in vaccinations.

The PPVs are KL Convention Centre (HCO F, HCO G and HCO H); Bangi Avenue Convention Centre; Wyndham Hotel, Klang; Dewan Tun Razak, Sabak Bernam; Serendah Community Hall; Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA and Ideal Convention Centre, Shah Alam.

The initiative will be until Aug 22. Khairy Jamaluddin said the PPVs have also been segregated for Malaysians and non-citizens to facilitate public control.

He also stated that the privileges for fully vaccinated people will be announced by the prime minister (PM) very soon, adding that they have to take into consideration the rapid Delta variant.

“We have to accept that with the rise of the Delta variant, the virus will become more endemic. Because of that, I think it is a combination of vaccination as well as public health measures.

“It is very important that even though we are fully vaccinated, we continue to wear face masks, ensure good ventilation, practice physical distancing and personal hygiene because we know that the variant is highly transmissible.”

He highlighted that Labuan and Sarawak have seen less Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths due to high inoculation rates among the people.

“In Labuan, a lot of Pfizer (vaccine) was used and in Sarawak, it is Sinovac and both types of vaccines have, to some extent, succeeded in reducing hospitalisation and death rates.

“We hope to see this in the next few weeks in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur as well, as more people will receive their second dose. We pray that the number of people who are admitted into hospitals, intensive care units and also the death rate will come down in the Klang Valley.”