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Vaccination Programme for Under 18’s in Perak Needs to be Expedited

Yesterday (September 12), the Perak State Health Department opened all public vaccination centers (PPV) for walk-in vaccination.

Parliament Member for Ipoh Timor, Wong Kah Woh, said this shows that the appointments for those who had registered are almost completed and public PPVs are now ready and able to take in vaccine recipients for the next group.

According to the Perak DAP Secretary, currently the data shows that there are 287,646 people who have registered for the vaccine and are still waiting for an appointment for the first dose.

“With the existing PPV capacity, this total can be completed within a week.

“The question that is often asked now is when will children aged 12 and above be allowed to receive their vaccinations, especially when some of them are starting face-to-face school sessions on October 3. 

“Parents’ concerns must be addressed,” he said in a statement today (September 13).

Wong explained that while the existing PPVs in Perak are waiting to complete the inoculation of those who have registered, the government should allow these PPVs to administer vaccines to teenagers under 18 years old.

“I believe many PPVs in Perak are facing a vaccine recipients shortage now and the government should not waste time on this issue and open vaccinations for those aged 18 and below.

“Perak’s achievement in the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) is unsatisfactory and is ranked fourth with only 40.4 percent of the total population in the state, or 54.4 percent of the total adult population, having been fully vaccinated,” he said.

“Thus, the state government should take a more aggressive stance in providing recommendations with facts and data to the federal government to boost these efforts, and one of them is via immediate vaccination of adolescents,” he added.

 

Rosli Mansor

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