The government will stop accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine after 15 September. Those who have not been vaccinated yet by then will need to go to selected public health clinics, according to the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr Adham Baba.
The reason for this is because attendance at vaccination centres (PPV) in the region has fallen dramatically. The walk-in policy for Klang Valley was originally scheduled to take place from 2 to 22 August before it was extended further through the involvement of 13 PPVs across Selangor, KL, and Putrajaya.
As of today, the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) reports that 97.8% of all eligible adults in the Klang Valley have already received both doses, which translates to 71.6% of the entire Klang Valley. This is despite Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the co-chair of JKJAV, recently said that vaccination rates are underestimated as the population census is outdated, leading to some states, such as the Klang Valley and Sarawak to have vaccination rates exceeding 100%.
“There are districts in the Klang Valley, where statistics show that only 80% of the population has been vaccinated. However, checks revealed that there were no more people left unvaccinated,” said the minister. “At other districts, we are seeing vaccination rates going up to 120%, but we are still vaccinating. So we can only assume that migration is occurring.”
Meanwhile, Dr Adham has said that the list of public health clinics that will carry on the vaccination programme in Klang Valley will be announced later. However, vaccination walk-ins in other states will remain the same for now and any changes will be announced by the respective state health departments.