Covid-19 vaccination to be voluntary: KJ

 
 
By RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
 
THE vaccination of Covid-19 in Malaysia will be voluntary where people can opt to sign up and give their consent for the injection through the MySejahtera application.
 
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government is looking to roll out the vaccine to Malaysians of 18 years old and above.
 
Besides that, the vaccination also includes a portion of foreign workers, expatriates and other non-Malaysian residents.
 
However, he said the number of people that will be involved in these groups will be deliberated and decided by the government.    
 
“We will start with a risk assessment of who is at high risk and we will start with that group. It will be announced after the Cabinet approves the plan. 
 
“The general plan is to start with frontline workers first, co-morbidity and senior citizens, etc. After that, we will have to have a system where once a general population is being vaccinated, who will go first and where you will get vaccinated,” Khairy  Jamaluddin said in a press conference at the Parliament today .
 
“It is voluntary. If you want to get vaccinated, you have to sign up,” 
 
He said the MySejahtera application will be equipped with the signup feature for vaccination in the future.
 
After getting the injections, he said there will be surveillance for a few years, also known as Phase Four of the vaccination programme to monitor the effects of the vaccines. 
 
According to him, the government has identified 55 locations nationwide to store Pfizer Inc’s vaccines, mostly in the urban areas due to the requirement of cold storage freezers.
 
The minister added that the government has approved to procure 55 units of ultra-low freezers at RM16.6 million to keep the vaccines.
 
He further said that vaccines made by AstraZeneca plc, which can be stored in a normal freezer, are likely to be deployed in rural areas.
 
The vaccine by Pfizer is expected to arrive end of February while AstraZeneca is in the first quarter.   
 
To date, Malaysia is sourcing Covid-19 vaccines from five producers, including China and Russia, to cover over 80% of the country’s population with a total estimated cost of US$504.4 million (RM2.05 billion).

 
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