SEREMBAN: The number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in Negri Sembilan will go up to 20,000 a day by July, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister said this was necessary, as the number of cases in the state has surged recently.
“Currently, Negri Sembilan gets an average of 7,000 doses a day and we intend to increase this to 20,000 a day in July. This has become necessary as the number of cases in the state – which has many industrial areas – has shown an increase,” said Khairy.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun and members of the state Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force, Khairy said that with the increase in number of doses, 80% of the eligible recipients in the state should be inoculated by the end of October.
“Our initial target was to vaccinate 80% of the Negri Sembilan population by December, but with this latest development and the opening of more vaccination centres, I am confident we can achieve this ahead of schedule,” he said.
Khairy said two vaccination centres for industries will also be opened in the state.
The first one will be at the d’Tempat Country Club in Bandar Sri Sendayan and the second will be at the D’ Cattleya Centre in Senawang.
Khairy said that these centres will be for industries which had registered under the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas).
The d’Tempat Country Club centre will start operations later this month and will be able to vaccinate up to 1,500 people a day, while the D’Cattleya centre will start operation early next month.
“We will also consider opening more vaccination centres for industries in places like Rembau and Port Dickson which house several industries,” he said.
Khairy added that 46 companies with some 15,000 workers have registered under Pikas in the state.
On a separate matter, Khairy said workers in the courier and e-hailing businesses will start receiving their Covid-19 jabs next month.
“I have spoken with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and we have agreed that those in these sectors can start receiving their vaccines in July,” he said.
Aminuddin, who was also present, said more vaccination centres will be opened in the state in the near future.
There are currently 59 such centres in the state.
“We will have more such centres at government and private clinics, community halls, mobile units, as well as at institutions of higher learning. Once these are operational, we will be able to inoculate 20,000 people a day in the state,” he said.
Earlier, Khairy said two more vaccination centres will be opened in Rembau to speed up the inoculation process.
He said the facilities would be opened at the Rantau Islamic Centre and the UiTM campus in Rembau.
He said the Rantau Islamic Centre will be able to dispense 400 shots a day, while the one at UiTM Rembau will be able to give out 1,000 and added that both centres will start operations next month.
“We are looking at the possibility of opening similar facilities in Senawang and Paroi,” he said.