Malaysia to deploy 40 mobile vaccine trucks to inoculate more people

10-Jun-2021 Intellasia | Sea.mashable | 7:03 AM Print This Post

With COVID-19 cases in Malaysia rising to incredible numbers, the country now finds itself with the highest per-capita infection rate in all of Southeast Asia.

While the government has made efforts to ramp up vaccine rollouts as part of its National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), less than 10 percent of the country’s population has received their first vaccine dose to date.

To boost vaccine access, Malaysia has rolled out the first of 40 mobile vaccination trucks.

A man leaves the mobile vaccination unit after getting a dose of the Sinovac vaccine in Kuala Lumpur. IMAGE: Reuters

A man leaves the mobile vaccination unit after getting a dose of the Sinovac vaccine in Kuala Lumpur. IMAGE: Reuters

The first vaccine truck arrived at the Kampung Muhibbah housing project (PPR Muhibbah) in Kuala Lumpur on June 8, 2021, ready to jab 1,000 residents, with priority given to the elderly and disabled.

According to Federal Territories (FT) minister Annuar Musa, the [email protected] Mobile Vaccine Truck pioneer project aims to curb the spread of COVID-19 in densely-populated areas, such as low-cost housing projects like PPR Muhibbah.

“This is a proactive measure to boost the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, hence enabling residents of the Federal Territories to receive the vaccine fast,” he said.

At the same time, the FT minister thinks the mobile vaccine truck initiative could act as a clear gauge of how quickly authorities can vaccinate people who have difficulty accessing vaccination centers across the country. Hopefully, this will help speed things up.

Slated for broader deployment on June 15, the mobile vaccine initiative will involve 10 trucks doing their separate routes. By July, authorities hope to deploy all 40 trucks simultaneously, reaching more people who have difficulty accessing vaccination centers.

“It’s because under this system, the capacity to help speed up the vaccination exercise is up to between 15,000 and 20,000 jabs per day in the Federal Territories,” Annuar said.

So far, about 2.5 million people of the country’s 32 million-strong population have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Though that number might seem small, it certainly is better than some of the country’s neighbours.

Authorities hope to achieve herd immunity in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan by late August or early September 2021.



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