By Zareef Muzammil
SHAH ALAM, Feb 26 — A total of 66,690 frontline workers in Selangor will receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase of the immunisation programme, which started at the state-level yesterday.
Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said the state-level National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will include health workers from the private sector as well as security personnel at 44 of the 70 vaccination centres (PPV).
“State assemblymen, district officers as well as mayors and local councils presidents are also included in the first phase, which is expected to end in April or May, as they will manage the following phase,” said Amirudin at a press conference after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine at the Shah Alam Hospital, here yesterday.
Amirudin said the state government also plans to give the vaccine to teachers as the school session will re-open soon.
A total of 42 individuals who received the first dose of the vaccine yesterday, which included Amirudin, will be vaccinated with the second dose on March 18 at the same hospital.
On February 21, a total of 312,390 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from Belgium.
The first phase of the immunisation initiative covers frontline workers followed by high-risk groups, the elderly, vulnerable groups, people with disabilities (OKU) and adults aged 18 years and older.
Selangor had received 78,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in the first phase. The vaccine will be distributed in stages according to the target groups or stakeholders.