KLANG: The Selangor government has shot down an article by health news portal CodeBlue that claimed the state had administered a lower number of vaccines than the amount it received from the Federal Government.
The article claiming to quote statistics from the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) and the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) alleged Selangor had received 2.9 million vaccines as of May 31, but had merely administered 398,029 as of on the same date.
Executive councillor in charge of public health Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (pic) said in a statement that the Selangor Health Department had received 434,070,146,440 and 34,700 doses of Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines respectively from the Federal Government.
This added up to a total of only 615,000 doses of vaccines received by the state health department, and not 2.9 million doses as alleged, added Dr Siti Mariah.
“Referring to the statistics from the Selangor operations centre, 233,874 doses of Covid-19 vaccine was administered during the first phase of the vaccination exercise and 192,096 were administered during the second phase which totals up to 425,970 doses, ” said Dr Siti Mariah.
She also said the distribution of the vaccines was wholly managed by the Health Ministry which had sent the vaccines allocated to the state directly to the Selangor Health Department.
The Selangor Health Department then channels the vaccines to its pharmaceutical unit for distribution to the respective district health departments and vaccination centres (PPVs) to be administered in accordance with the stipulated allocations.
Dr Siti Mariah said there were “many holes” in the MOSTI data mentioned in the CodeBlue article, as it was not in tandem with the Covid-19 vaccines received and administered in Selangor.
“I urge henceforth that the implementation of the vaccination programme be carried out transparently with more accurate and current data made available, ” she said.