Over 10,000 people in Terengganu have failed to show up for their vaccination appointments so far, according to state local government, housing, health and environment committee chairman Dr Alias Razak.
He said the reasons given for their no-show included forgetting the appointment date and not having transport to the vaccination centres (PPVs).
“We will immediately contact other individuals on the standby list to replace them with those unable to attend, as we don’t want to waste the vaccine doses.
“Our target of the vaccine recipients now are senior citizens with comorbidities,” he said at a press conference today.
Based on statistics from the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee website, as of noon yesterday, a total of 345,492 individuals in the state had registered as vaccine recipients, of whom 79,185 had received their vaccinations.
Alias said to overcome the problem, the state government had suggested opening vaccination counters at mosques.
In a related development, he said the vaccination exercise is currently being carried out at 14 PPVs, adding that the state government has asked over 100 private clinics statewide to be agents for administering the Covid-19 vaccine.
“The state government will pay RM14 for each dose at private clinics. But, it is not well-received yet,” he said, adding that only four clinics have agreed to be agents so far.