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Health Ministry to take over vaccination programme from CITF on Nov 1

The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) will only be operating until Oct 31, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Dr Adham Baba.

Adham, who is also joint CITF chairperson, said from Nov 1, the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) would be fully implemented by the Health Ministry (MOH) as the current development of the NIP has attained a commendable level.

“Following the current development of the NIP at a good level, the mandate to immunise the populace subsequently, as announced by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, would be returned to the Health Ministry.

“I am confident that the Health Ministry is indeed experienced and ready, especially it is now actively vaccinating teenagers,” he said when attending the closing ceremony of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium Vaccination Centre (PPV) yesterday.

He said the non-MOH PPVs which were managed by the CITF currently had started to be closed down in stages nationwide and no more non-MOH PPV is expected to be operational after Oct 31.

Commenting further, Adham said from this month, the CITF would be making announcements on the channels for the public to submit any query when the NIP is regulated under MOH.

He said the MOH, Mosti and CITF had started discussions and co-ordinating matters of returning the tasks of Covid-19 immunisation to ensure it would continue to proceed smoothly.

CITF was established by a cabinet decision on Feb 3 this year to monitor the working framework and overall strategy to support the implementation of the NIP.

Meanwhile, he said all states in Malaysia have reached 60 percent of the adult population with full vaccination after Sabah recorded a vaccination rate of 60 percent yesterday as the target of 100 percent full vaccination for the entire Malaysian adult population approaches at the end of this month.

In the meantime, he also expressed his appreciation to the personnel of SNBJ PPV which had been in operation for over 100 days from June 21 with over 730,000 doses of vaccines administered.

As the first PPV to implement Phase 3 of the NIP in the Klang Valley, the SNBJ PPV was also the only one for non-citizen walk-in vaccination from Aug 9 to 22 which saw 90,579 doses dispensed during the period.

- Bernama