By Chew Lip Song
THE government is looking into automatic registration for the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) to get more people vaccinated, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
“I have instructed the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) to review the registration process so it can be further simplified, including automatic registration to ensure as many people as possible get vaccinated,” he said in a video address posted on his Facebook in conjunction with the 100th day of the NIP.
At present, he said around 13 million people or 51 per cent of the population eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination have signed up.
He added that he had received feedback that many who had applied for the vaccination had yet to receive their appointment dates and he had instructed JKJAV to fix the appointment soonest.
The Prime Minister also said that he had instructed all ministries and agencies to assist those living in rural areas, especially the elderly to get vaccinated.
Towards this end, Muhyiddin said over 300 new Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) will be set up soon to further boost the inoculation rate under the National Immunisation Programme (NIP).
Currently, there were 280 PPVs operating nationwide. Vaccinations are also being carried out at 105 Health Ministry clinics, public halls, universities and indoor stadiums.
“At the start of the programme (NIP), about 5,000 to 8,000 vaccine doses were administered daily. Now, we have successfully increased the rate to about 100,000 daily.
“For the next two months, we will receive about 16 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. With the increase in vaccine supply, the government is targeting daily vaccinations to reach 150,000 this month and the number will continue to rise,” he added.