by RAHIMI YUNUS/ pic by BERNAMA
MALAYSIA’s general population is expected to get the Covid-19 vaccine in the third quarter of 2021 (3Q).
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin said the priority will be given to frontline workers from the healthcare and security sectors first.
He said it then follows with senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses.
“Only then we will move on to the general population in order to get to a meaningful herd immunity threshold. If you are a healthy adult under 60 and not a frontline worker, it is safe to assume that your turn will come by 3Q or after,” Khairy said in an article on his website today.
“This is the same for many other countries. It is important to manage our expectations,” he added.
The minister, who is co-chair of the Special Committee on Ensuring Access To Covid-19 Vaccine Supply, also known as JKJAV, said a February delivery schedule does not mean everyone is vaccinated in the same month.
He said Malaysia’s vaccination plan will span 18 months asthe vaccine delivery producers are staggered based on a quarterly schedule.
For Pfizer Inc’s vaccine order, the minister said Malaysia will receive one million doses in 1Q, 1.7 million doses in Q2, 5.8 million doses in Q3 and 4.3 million doses in Q4.
“No country receives their entire order in one shot,” he said.