MELAKA (Bernama): With 58% of the population in Melaka having completed both doses of Covid-19 vaccination, there is an opportunity for the state to move to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

He said the decision would be made at a special meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) to be chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Thursday (Sept 2).

In an interview during the “Bicara Ketua Menteri” segment on Melaka.fm on Thursday, he said 393,607 out of the total vaccine-eligible adult population of 677,400 in Melaka had been fully vaccinated as of Monday (Aug 30).

The Federal Government had set a threshold value of at least 50% of the adult population being fully vaccinated for a state to move from Phase One to Phase Two of the NRP.

Sulaiman said Melaka experienced a shortage of vaccine supply last month, affecting the state government’s efforts to achieve the 50% target sooner.

He said the state was scheduled to receive 78,000 doses of vaccine, but only 52,000 doses arrived.

Efforts are being made to increase the vaccination rate by providing vaccines through the Retail Industry Vaccination Programme (RiVAC), as well as with the collaboration of the private sector and local authorities, he added. – Bernama

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