Senior citizens in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur will be allowed to walk in for Covid-19 jabs as part of the government’s efforts to ramp up its vaccination push in the two states, Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said today.
Speaking at a press conference, he said this would help ensure that those who have not yet been vaccinated are given their shots as soon as possible.
“For senior citizens 60 years old and above in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur who have not been vaccinated, they can receive a jab by walking in at our vaccination centres,” he said.
“We will supply the vaccine immediately to ensure they can be vaccinated.”
He added that his ministry is considering expanding the initiative to other states in the peninsula.
“We will carry out the pilot programme in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor first,” he said.
In a separate statement, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force said the date of implementation for this initiative would be announced in due time.
For now, it said, senior citizens and those escorting them who do not yet have a vaccination appointment should not turn up at vaccination centres until further information is announced.
“This is to allow plans for the initiative to be finalised, such as logistics and the delivery of vaccine supplies to all vaccination centres,” it said.
“It is equally important to arrange a time for this walk-in initiative, to prevent congestion at centres especially for senior citizens at a time when Covid-19 cases are on the rise.”
Speaking today, Adham also said the ministry is expecting to roll out 300,000 doses of vaccine a day to residents in both states by boosting the participation of general practitioners (GPs).
“So far there are 700 GPs helping us give vaccines in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor,” he said.
“We have decided to increase this, to another 2,229 private GPs in Selangor and 1,254 in Kuala Lumpur to assist us in the vaccine rollout.”