PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is among the most vaccinated countries in South-East Asia thanks to efforts by frontliners and authorities in charge of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Prime Minister said despite hiccups, the national inoculation exercise is well on its way and gaining steam every day.
He also said the 16 million doses of vaccines due in the next two months will ensure Malaysia reaches herd immunity as soon as possible.
This was despite the problems of getting the promised supply of vaccines which was beyond the control of the government, said Muhyiddin.
He also admitted that there are still many problems that need to be addressed in the immunisation programme, especially for those who are in remote areas and those who have no access to MySejahtera.
“The programme has passed its 100 days since phase one started on Feb 24 with frontliners receiving their first doses.
“From 5,000 to 8,000 injections a day, we now have about 100,000 injections a day.
“In the next two months, we will receive 16 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. With this additional supply, the government projects daily vaccinations to go up to 150,000 this month and higher, ” said Muhyiddin in a statement on Saturday (June 5).
He thanked all those who were involved in the programme including the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV), medical frontliners, authorities and volunteers for their hard work.
“I am aware of the weaknesses that need to be addressed in the system and I give my commitment that we are improving the programme from time to time.
“As a caring government, we will always hear the complaints and feedback from the people and will try to upgrade our efforts in terms of planning, capacity and workforce to achieve herd immunity.
“I stress that this Covid-19 vaccination programme is very important for all Malaysians as it will drastically minimise the chance of people getting the worst symptoms of this infection and save lives, and assist the recovery of the economy, ” said Muhyiddin.
He said to date, three million doses of vaccines have been administered, with more than two million having received their first doses, thus putting Malaysia among the leading countries in South-East Asia in terms of first dose vaccination rate.
“This is not an easy feat as the vaccine supply is out of our control. We have to compete with other countries and depend on vaccine manufacturers to get the supply.
“I have ordered the programme’s coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin to ensure the vaccination centres (PPV) to be added nationwide to ease and expedite the vaccination process.
“InsyaAllah, our target of 80% of the population being vaccinated by year-end will be achieved, ” said Muhyiddin, stating that besides the 280 PPVs, another 300 new centres would be opened.
He also said 105 community clinics, as well as public halls, universities, sports complexes and stadiums, are already being used as vaccination centres.
Muhyiddin also said that 1,000 private clinics and medical centres will also be part of programme from the middle of June onwards.
The Prime Minister visited two mega PPVs at the Kuala Lumpur World Trade Centre (KLWTC) and Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) on Friday (June 4).
“In ensuring no one is left behind in the programme, the government has launched mobile vaccination units to villages and remote areas to make it easy for villagers, Orang Asli, seniors, the disabled and the homeless.
As of June 3, these mobile units are in parts of Sabah, Kelantan and Perak.
In Penang, Muhyiddin said mobile units were dispensed to eight old folks homes, while Selangor has its own mobile units in various districts.
He also said special PPVs were being manned by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry for the disabled such as the blind with associations such as the Malaysian Association for the Blind in Brickfields.
“The Federal Territories Ministry has introduced Vaccination Mobile Trucks for 400,000 people in the city in areas such as low-cost flats and homeless transit centres.
“I have ordered all those who registered through the programme’s system to receive their appointments as soon as possible, ” said Muhyiddin.
He said as only 51% of those eligible for vaccines have registered so far, he has ordered all government agencies and ministries to go to the ground to enable more registration, including manually, using all government assets available to ensure everyone gets to register.
He also called for more youths to volunteer with the programme to assist the government to reach herd immunity as soon as possible.