The health ministry has announced that 12 private hospitals in three states will start operating as Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPV) starting tomorrow, as it tries to achieve its target of 150,000 vaccinations per day by June.
The 12 hospitals are: Nilai Medical Centre, Senawang Specialist Hospital, UCSI Hospital, KPJ Seremban Specialist Hospital and Mawar Medical Centre in Negeri Sembilan, Columbia Asia Hospital, KPJ Kuching Specialist Hospital, Rejang Medical Centre, Timberland Medical Centre and Borneo Medical Centre in Sarawak and KPJ Selangor Specialist Hospital and MSU Medical Centre, both in Selangor.
The health ministry said a combined total of 2,250 doses a day would be provided in these hospitals under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) and would continue to be increased every week.
The national immunisation programme is currently at Phase 2, which seeks to vaccinate high-risk individuals such as the elderly, disabled and patients with comorbidities.
As of May 21, a total of 1.42 million people have received at least one vaccine dose, up from 1.19 million at the start of the week.
Deputy minister of science, technology and innovation, Ahmad Amzad Hashim, meanwhile, said the aim of administering 80,000 injections daily was achieved last week and with increasing supply of vaccines, more PPVs would be opened to raise the figure to 150,000 daily within one to two months.
Earlier today, Ahmad Amzad who had visited the Ideal Convention Centre in Shah Alam in conjunction with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine administration, said the government still hoped to achieve herd immunity before this December.
He said while 1,400 PPV were expected to be opened across the country, so far less than 30% of the PPV were operating due to the low supply of vaccines.
“We will reach the climax of the vaccination exercise when the whole supply of vaccines is received around June and July following which, we will open more PPVs,” he added. - FMT