The state government of Perak is reviewing proposals to establish 12 more vaccination centres (PPV) and to upgrade three existing ones in the effort to further hasten the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
The Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad, said that existing public PPVs at highly populated areas will be upgraded to accommodate higher daily vaccination capacities, besides the inception of drive-through PPVs and mobile outreach programmes.
“For inlanders, vaccinations have been performed via outreach programmes which target Orang Asli communities and residents under Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) and Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA).
“The programme is operated by mobile PPV teams which involve staff of the State Health Department, among others.”
He said this when answering Pasir Panjang ADUN, Yahaya Mat Nor who wanted to know how the state government is accelerating the progress of PICK in Perak during the DUN meeting at the state secretariat building today (August 26).
As of August 24, there are 22 public PPVs, six drive-through PPVs, 14 mobile outreach PPVs, eight special PPVs, one integration (private and public) PPV, one NGO PPV, one higher education institution PPV, 15 private hospital PPVs, 150 medical practitioner PPVs and eight Public-Private Partnership COVID-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) PPVs.
“With these PPVs, the daily vaccination capacity in Perak could reach between 40,000 to 45,000 doses. The record high was 39,998 yesterday (August 25).
“Perak is expected to achieve 80 percent herd immunity by October this year, at the latest. We’ll be able to complete full vaccinations by November, although that’s subject to vaccine supplies,” Saarani mentioned.
He added, as of August 24, a total of 1,118,358 Perakeans (equivalent to 60.04 percent of the population) aged 18 and above have received their first doses of the vaccine.
“On the other hand, 797,317 Perakeans (equivalent to 42.81 percent) have completed their COVID-19 inoculations,” Saarani stated.