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PETALING JAYA: The chairman of the Selangor Covid-19 task force has called on Putrajaya to implement another voluntary vaccination exercise, but one specifically for the state.
Dzulkefly Ahmad said this was in view of the latest data compiled by the task force that showed a huge disparity between the number of Covid-19 deaths and the number of those who have been vaccinated.
Therefore, Dzulkefly argued, vaccination had to be ramped up in Selangor.
One way to do so was by conducting a voluntary vaccination exercise, similar to the one carried out for the AstraZeneca vaccine, in the Klang Valley and several other states.
“I would really love an initiative like that to be carried out in Selangor, seeing we are reminded religiously, every day that the state records the highest number of infections,” the former health minister told reporters.
He said such a vaccination programme would be “the fairest, appropriate and pertinent thing to do”.
Dzulkefly said if the government had the people at heart, they would put politics aside and defend Selangor, which contributes 25% to the national gross domestic product.
It is also the most densely populated state.
Dzulkefly had earlier tweeted a graph by the task force which showed that the number of casualties in the past 10 days made up 33.96% of the total number of deaths while 7.46% of residents in Selangor had registered for the vaccine.
In comparison, the ratio of the percentage of deaths to the percentage of those who had registered for the vaccine in Labuan is 0.19%:35.0%.
The ratio for Johor was 13.96%: 10.80%, while Penang was 4.72%: 11.39%.
The national average of those who had registered for the vaccine stands at 14.88%.
Dzulkefly said vaccination was important as it protected an individual against three things — mortality, being a Category 3 Covid-19 case and hospitalisation.
He said taking into account the “very high” mortality rate in Selangor and the percentage of those who registered for vaccination, the situation in the state was “disgraceful”.
“It is extremely irresponsible if not outrightly scandalous.”
He added that the government should ramp up vaccination in the state as it was both about the people as well as the economy and had nothing to do with politics.
“Lives and livelihood are not mutually exclusive. There is no binary option here.”
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