In a press conference today, Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said that the Selangor government said that Selangor may move forward to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) as soon as next month.
To support his decision, he said that around 98% of the population in Selangor has been given at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, the number of critical cases have decreased significantly.
Despite the high number of daily cases, he said that their study found that the hospitalisation rate among those in the 40 year-old age group, the 60 year-old age group and individuals with comorbidity issues have show improvement.
He added he is confident that the situation will improve and we can achieve herd immunity.
Meanwhile, if the state moves forward into Phase 2, Amirudin said that more social and economic sectors will be allowed to open gradually but the SOP will still be in place and Selangorians will still be required to comply with them.
Nonetheless, Amirudin said that they state government will deploy around 100,000 doses of vaccine in the span of one or two months to the residents in Selangor that need them, or are unable to get vaccinated due to various reasons.
He added that these vaccines will be given out free by the state government.
In addition, he said that the state government has stockpiled around 500,000 vaccines, where they will be loaned to the National Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) for the third dose which is expected to be implemented in early or mid 2022.
However, Amirudin said that based on their discussion with the Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the decision to for the third dose of vaccine have yet to be finalised by the Health Ministry.
Alternatively, he said that these stockpiled vaccines can be distributed to other states or companies who need them. However, the vaccines must be replaced after they have used them.
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