By S BIRRUNTHA / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE government has decided to end the Covid-19 walk-in vaccination programme in the Klang Valley from Sept 15.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the decision was made after taking into account the small number of people who have yet to be vaccinated in the Klang Valley, as well as the low attendance reported at vaccination centres (PPVs).
“This means that Klang Valley residents who have not received their Covid-19 vaccination can get their jabs at selected health clinics from Sept 16.
“The list of health clinics will be announced later,” he said in a statement today.
Dr Adham said however, walk-ins in other states will still continue and the public is advised to follow the latest updates from their state Health Departments regarding the walk-in programme.
He added that the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) outreach programmes in collaboration with various non-government organisations (NGOs) will continue its ‘mop-up’ initiative.
On another note, Dr Adham said as of yesterday, a total of 547,595 or 53.2% of students of higher learning institutes in the country have been fully vaccinated.
He also noted that over 195,000 students of public higher learning institutes (IPTA) and 51,000 students of private higher learning institutes (IPTS) have not registered for Covid-19 vaccination.
Meanwhile, Dr Adham said about 69.9% of the total adult population in the country have completed their Covid-19 vaccination as of yesterday.
“The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) aims to inoculate 80% of the country’s adult population and for each state, at least 60% of the adult population will be fully vaccinated by the end of Sept this year.
“Our country is now on the right track and our vaccinations have reached a commendable rate,” he said.
Dr Adham also added that the country’s vaccination rate is declining shows that many more Malaysians had received their Covid-19 jabs.
“Accordingly, we expect there will be a decrease in the country’s vaccination rate in the coming weeks,” he noted.