First batch of Covid-19 vaccine to arrive this Sunday

by AFIQ AZIZ / pic by BERNAMA

THE vaccine for Covid-19 is expected to be delivered in the country on Sunday, before the vaccination programme can be rolled out on Feb 26, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says.

The Prime Minister said the first batch of the vaccine, produced by Pfizer-BioNTech will be given to a group of frontliners and himself.

“As announced, the Covid-19 Immunisation Programme has three phases with the first one involved the frontliners workers, from Feb 26 to April 2021.

“The second phase is from April to August 2021 involving high risk group and the third phase is for adults above the age of 18 from May 2021 to February 2022,” Muhyiddin said at the launch of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Handbook today.

“This holistic immunisation programme is to ensure herd immunity is formed within the community so that the Covid-19 chain of infection can be broken and the pandemic is ended” he added.

The event was broadcasted live on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and several other local television stations.

The handbook, which contains information on the vaccination programme ever implemented in the country can be downloaded at www.VaksinCovid.gov.my.

Meanwhile, Science and Technology Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the first shipment of Pfizer vaccines will be carried by MASkargo.

“The flight will bring 312,390 doses of the vaccine to KLIA where it will be sorted and sent to various vaccine storage sites around the country,” he tweeted.