Khairy calls end to Operation Surge Capacity in Klang Valley with 1.65 million residents given Covid-19 appointments

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said 1,655,217 residents in the Klang Valley have been given vaccination appointments under Operation Surge Capacity. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said 1,655,217 residents in the Klang Valley have been given vaccination appointments under Operation Surge Capacity. — Picture by Miera Zulyana

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — The federal government’s initiative to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations for residents in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor ended yesterday with a 97 per cent success rate.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said 1,655,217 residents in the Klang Valley have been given vaccination appointments under Operation Surge Capacity.

“I want to announce that Operation Surge Capacity in the Klang Valley ended yesterday successfully. The appointments issued from July 26 till August 1 is 1,655,217,” he said today.

“According to data available to the CITF, the percentage of adult residents in the Klang Valley who have received at least one vaccination dose is 96.7 per cent.

“Meanwhile, adults in Klang Valley who have completed vaccination are 37.5 per cent. Therefore, we see that Operation Surge Capacity has succeeded, despite not being at 100 per cent, but at 97 per cent, and the balance, we will work to get them sorted in the first week of August. 

“There are those who have probably cancelled their appointments or did not turn up for their appointments,” Khairy, who is also the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) coordinating minister, told the media.

He said that the rest who have yet to get their jabs will receive theirs soon, as several walk-in vaccination centres will be in place soon. 

Khairy said that the CITF would be focusing its efforts on vaccinating those who have “dropped out”, as well those who did not register to get inoculated, as well as those who may have cancelled their appointments.

He added that the “mop op” operation in Klang Valley will be executed in two ways; walk-in to select PPVs in the Klang Valley and secondly via the mobile outreach programme for those in rural areas.

“I want to stress that the walk-in initiative in the Klang Valley is only for those who reside in the Klang Valley, based on the target and need to protect the residents here, which is the epicentre of the Covid-19 spread at the moment,” Khairy said, adding that this initiative however is to administer first doses, and does not include individuals who want to get their second jabs.

“Second doses will be given according to the appropriate time gap from the time their first doses were received,” he said.

Khairy said that those who were dropped out from the system or have cancelled their appointments can also walk-in to the nine PPVs listed, until August  22.

He added that the elderly can still walk into any PPV in the Klang Valley, not limited to the nine listed, to get their first jab.

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