MASJID TANAH: The Melaka government has no plans to procure the Covid-19 vaccines because it is costly.
Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said the state government remains confident that the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) will provide vaccines to the people in the state and subsequently break the chain of the pandemic.
He said based on the current financial situation, the state government has no plan to do so, despite Selangor and Sarawak governments being interested in buying the vaccine for the people in their respective states.
“Let us stick with getting the vaccines via the NIP,” he said after presenting Ramadan cash aid to 120 recipients from the Masjid Tanah parliamentary constituency at the State Constituency Development and Coordination committee (Japerun) building in Kuala Linggi on Friday.
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Present were Masjid Tanah member of parliament Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin and Kuala Linggi assemblyman Datuk Ismail Othman.
Sulaiman said the state government had set a target of 70 per cent of the people to receive their vaccines by December and hoped that the NIP, which is currently in its Phase 2, will achieve the set target.
Meanwhile, Sulaiman said only 42 per cent, or 294,597, out of 701,000 individuals in the state have registered to get their shots through the MySejahtera application.
“Therefore, I hope the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) at district-level, Japerun and the village development and security committee (JPKK) will double up their efforts to encourage more people to register for the vaccination programme.”
He said these entities have also been asked to promote vaccine registrations at Ramadan bazaars, supermarkets and farmers’ markets.
He said the state government, via the Orang Asli Development Department and the Social Welfare Department, is also strengthening NIP awareness among the Orang Asli community.
Recently, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the NIP coordinating minister, had said that Selangor and Sarawak should ensure that the vaccines they intended to buy were registered with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA).
He, however, said that the supply of vaccines from the Federal government was sufficient to meet the needs of the NIP.