The Pinji Kinta Vax on Wheels mobile vaccination centre (PPV) has administered a total of 2,400 doses over the duration of six days at Taman Hoover.
According to Perak state legislative assembly member (ADUN) for Pasir Pinji, Howard Lee Chuan How, on the last day yesterday (August 12), 558 doses were administered.
“Thus, there are plans to increase the vaccination capacity to 600 per day. We’re discussing with the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to implement this change.
“As such, I’d like to thank volunteers, CITF and sponsors involved in making a go at the mobile PPV initiative. They contributed the most to its continued success.”
He said so while presenting a summary of the six-day initiative during an online media session via Zoom today (August 13).
The initiative wasn’t without its preliminary challenges, Howard added.
“During the first two days, the Malaysia Vaccine Administration System (MyVAS) was met with a breakdown, which resulted in us having to manually key-in information of vaccine recipients into the system after the day was completed.
“Apart from that, fake news continues to be circulating around in social media regarding the mobile PPV initiative.
“However, we’ve found our way to work around the difficulties. Also, we’re looking for more volunteers to aid in the programme,” he added.
Prioritise Vaccinating Pregnant Women in Their Early Stages
Also present was member of parliament (MP) for Ipoh Timor, Wong Kah Woh, who urged the government to prioritise vaccination of pregnant women.
“Pregnant women are at much higher risk of getting infected by COVID-19 and they have a limited suitable time frame to obtain the vaccine, which is up to between 30 to 33 weeks of pregnancy, as per guidelines by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
“So, I suggest that MOH collaborates with the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) in ensuring that mothers-to-be in their early stages of pregnancy are prioritised for vaccination as soon as possible,” he explained.
Vax on Wheels will be resuming vaccination affairs next at Taman Pinggir Sungai Pasir Pinji starting tomorrow (August 14).
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