Journalists covering Tokyo Olympics have been vaccinated with 250 others, 13.8 million registered for PICK –Minister Khairy

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PUTRAJAYA JUNE 14: Two hundred and fifty media practitioners from 5,000 names listed nationwide have been vaccinated since Wednesday last week while the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) is in the process of giving appointments for those covering the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 at the end of July 2021.
 
National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said, today 38 out of 47 media practitioners from the local and international agencies who will be covering the Tokyo Olympics have received their first vaccination.
 
Khairy added, CITF will set the second dose appointments for those who have received AstraZeneca as their first dose before they leave for Tokyo next month.
 
“After a group of 100 journalists had their first doses at Dewan Seroja, Putrajaya last Wednesday,123 media practitioners from Perak received theirs on Friday.
 
“To date 700 appointments have been set for the media and more from the 1,500 names as promised last Wednesday will be released this week,” Khairy said at the virtual press conference held with Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Adham Baba here today.
 
Khairy added, CITF has to balance the need of vaccination for the media and the need of immunisation for the senior citizens, handicapped and co-morbidities that are given priorities in the PICK, Phase 2.
 
On another development, Khairy said, until 13
th June 2021, 4,531,790 have registered in phase 2 and out of which 2,458,432 are senior citizens. 
 
Until 18 June 2021, 2,437,168 individuals have received appointments for vaccinations
while 1,231,177 have been vaccinated.
 
Khairy who is also the Minister of Science Technology and Innovation said, 13,789,736 have registered for the vaccination while the ratio of registration to the population (above 18) is 58.9 per cent. 
 
Meanwhile 4,774,418 have been given appointments while 3,132,304 have received their first dose while the second dose involving 1,357,966 and on the whole is 4,490.270.
 
Regarding the national vaccination, it had been increasing and last week it is still recording 100,000 doses and above per day. On the whole from 7-13 June 2021,130,842 doses have been recorded per day and this is an increase from
94,481 doses per day the week before.
 
However, the supply of the vaccines scheduled to arrive include 1,333,800 doses of Pfizer and will be distributed until early July in which 444,600 doses will be distributed from 16
until 18 June; 444,600 doses from 23 rd
until 25th June and 444,600 doses on 30th June until 2nd July 2021. –Malaysia World News

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