Selangor govt to continue sale of 600,000 doses of unused vaccine

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PETALING JAYA: The Selangor government will continue to sell the remaining 607,281 unused doses of vaccines under its Selvax Industry programme to clinics nationwide.

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Public health committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the sale will be carried out by state government subsidiary Selgate Corporation.

Siti Mariah told the state assembly that 142,719 of the 750,000 doses allocated for the programme had been used as of Aug 22.

She said the state government’s initial plan was to buy 2.5 million doses but the purchase was stopped at 1.25 million doses. A total of RM127 million had been spent on the purchases.

“That does not include the cost of setting up a vaccination centre (PPV), payment of vaccine injections to doctors and other costs,” she said.

She said that of the 1.25 million doses purchased, 500,000 were allocated to the Selvax Community programme and the remaining 750,000 to the Selvax Industry programme.

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Of the half a million doses allocated for the community, 224,880 had been administered, and the state government is committed to continue providing vaccines for free to those who have not received them, including through mobile clinics.

Siti Mariah was responding to a question from Wong Siew Ki (PH-Balakong), who wanted to know how much vaccine was left in the Selvax Community and Selvax Industry programmes as well as the state government’s plans for the balance.

Idris Ahmad (PAS-ljok) said the state government should ramp up the vaccination rate through a house-to-house programme, especially in the rural areas.

“I think it is not very difficult (to run such a programme) as there are already logistics and rural clinics. We can ask permission from the health ministry to use the rural clinics or clinics for pregnant mothers to carry out more vaccinations,” he said.-FMT