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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Selangor still lowest in terms of percentage vaccinated

 


The Selangor Taskforce for Covid-19 chairperson Dzulkefly Ahmad has again expressed disappointment over Covid-19 vaccination in the state.

Despite the large number of deaths in the state, up to June 20, only 17.15 percent of Selangor residents registered for the Covid-19 vaccine have been vaccinated, he said.

This is the lowest among all states and territories, including neighbouring Kuala Lumpur which is leading with 52.30 percent of those registered already vaccinated, he noted.

Conversely, he noted, Selangor tops the list in terms of proportion of Covid-19 deaths.

Between June 10 and 20, about a third of all Covid-19 deaths in the past 10 days occurred in Selangor, while 10.64 percent happened in Kuala Lumpur.

"Selangor is still the worst, even though the Selangor Sultan had expressed his disappointment on the matter and censured the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) for it," he said on Twitter.

Dzulkefly, who is former health minister, also noted that there has been little improvement when he first pointed this out on May 28.

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme is managed by the federal government, and led by the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force and the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).

According to JKJAV, up to June 21, a total 669,149 individuals or 10.2 percent of the state population, have received the first shot of the vaccine.

Some 216,386 or 3.3 percent of the Selangor population have received both shots, JKJAV said.

In contrast, 42.7 percent of the Kuala Lumpur population - or 757,428 people - have received their first dose while 8.2 percent of the population (145,906 people) have received both doses.

 On June 8, Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed shock that the nation's most populous state had at the time only received 615,210 doses of vaccines.

He also urged for more vaccination centres to be set up in the state, especially in rural areas, and the use of mobile clinics and drive-thru vaccination centres to increase coverage. - Mkini

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