Perak became the second-highest state in Malaysia in terms of COVID-19 vaccination rate.
According to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin, vaccination centres (PPV) in Perak are one of the best in terms of management and should be an example for other states.
“It’s to my understanding that 1,400 injections of the vaccine are given per day. This has shown smooth management and I hope that the state health director shares management experiences with other health offices.
“I’ll be discussing with the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad to establish a larger PPV in Ipoh to accommodate up to 5,000 vaccine receivers during the third phase of the vaccination programme in the future.
“As advised by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, vaccinations should be fully done by the end of this year. Thus, I’m strategising and budgeting to expand PPVs at each state,” he told reporters during a media session after a visit to the PPV in Stadium Indera Mulia earlier today (March 16).
Khairy added, some 321,331 individuals around the country have received vaccinations and as of yesterday, 5,633,903 Malaysians are registered to receive vaccination for the upcoming phase.
As scheduled, the Prime Minister and Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah will be receiving the second dosage of COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow, 21 days after the first.
Khairy also commented that vaccination registrations from citizens in the East Coast states and Sabah are rather low and that he has directed the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) to perform COVID-19 community engagements at all levels.
“It’s to encourage registrations, especially for states that have lesser registrations. Perhaps one of the other reasons is that incorrect information was widely spread in social media.
“I’ll meet with parliamentary members next week to seek their support in encouraging registrations, especially in Terengganu, Kelantan and more,” he stated.
Also in attendance during the work visit was the State Health Director, Dato’ Dr Ding Lay Ming.