Selangor Barisan Nasional chairman Noh Omar’s claim that the state government was trying to make a profit by selling vaccines to the industrial sector
2.5 Million Doses x RM 380 = RM 9.5 Billion
Selangor menteri besar Amirudin Shari denied that the state government stole vaccine doses from any party, including the national Covid-19 immunisation programme (PICK), to meet the demands of the Selangor vaccine programme (Selvax).
Instead, Amirudin explained that the state government has been engaged in negotiations to obtain 2.5 million doses for Selvax since January this year.
A coalition of shopping mall and retail associations have called upon the Selangor government to not charge businesses for vaccinating their employees against Covid-19.
In a joint statement, the Malaysia Shopping Malls Association, Malaysia Retailers Association, Malaysia Retail Chain Association, and Bumiputra Retailers Organisation said they are very supportive of Selangor State Development Corp’s (PKNS) efforts to vaccinate the state’s populace via Selgate Healthcare Sdn Bhd, but they are not in favour of being charged.
“We are given to understand that the Selgate programme will charge businesses for the vaccinations which are supposed to be funded by and provided on a complimentary basis to both Malaysian citizens and non-citizens alike.
“This would be contrary to the original commitment and intent previously declared by our federal government,” the press statement read.
According to the statement, the Selangor state government had announced that RM100 million will be allocated for this vaccination programme, which will charge RM380 per course.
“The RM380 per course charge by itself appears to be exorbitant as the global cost of vaccines is widely published and known in the public domain.
“The main objective is to explore all avenues to source adequate supply and ramp up the vaccination and we are confident our rakyat should not have any qualms for the authorities to draw from the state’s financial resources to achieve this.
“After all, the funds are from the taxpayers and expending for a just cause is acceptable,” the associations said.
The associations asserted that they will support a parallel programme to increase the inoculation processes in the country, but firmly pushed that vaccinations must be free to follow the original commitment and intent the state government put forward.
“In our earnestness to speed up the vaccination process, shopping malls and retail businesses have proposed that vaccinations be carried out on-site for more efficiency.
“We are glad that the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) has heeded our plea and are currently discussing the programme with business owners to sponsor venues and provide any logistics for onsite vaccination centres,” the associations disclosed.
Khairy Urges Selangor To Buck Up, Use Supply
With over 300,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine yet to be dispensed, Selangor has the lowest vaccination administration rate in the country, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The coordinating minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, in urging Selangor to buck up on its vaccination rate, said it was currently the only state with an administration rate of below 80%.
Khairy said this amid claims by Selangor public health committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud that the state had a lack of vaccine supplies.
“As on June 27, Selangor has received 1,367,306 doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.
“There is a remainder of 322,606 doses that have not been used.
“This means that Selangor has achieved 76% usage of the vaccines supplied.
“That is why I have requested the state to speed up the vaccination process,” he told reporters after opening a vaccination centre at Dewan Tan Sri Noh Omar here yesterday.
“Melaka has the highest rate of vaccination at 94%, followed by Terengganu and Negri Sembilan at 92%.
“Other states have achieved over 80%, except for Selangor,” he added.
Khairy also denied Dr Siti Mariah’s claims that the alleged lack of vaccine supply would hamper the vaccination programme in Selangor.
He said a meeting was held with Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari two weeks ago, during which the state had stated that it only had the capacity to handle 40,000 vaccinations a day.
“I am not sure if she was present during the meeting.
“The supply of vaccines is based on this capacity.
“I don’t know where the state exco (member) got her figure of 80,000 vaccinations from,” he added.
Dr Siti Mariah claimed last Sunday that some vaccination centres in Selangor would be forced to stop operations unless their stock of vaccine was replenished.
Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said Selangor was capable of handling 16,000 vaccinations a day as at June 1 but had increased this to about 44,000 as at June 25.
“We are planning to increase the capacity to 130,000 a day in July, which the Mentri Besar has agreed to,” he said, adding this was due to the increase in vaccination facilities, including mega centres, in the state.