PM says he is confident the efforts made by the govt would ensure the country is free from the pandemic very soon
by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI
PRIME Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) — the first Malaysian inoculated with the Pfizer Inc-BioNTech SE vaccine which marks the initiation of the National Immunisation Programme against the Covid-19 pandemic — has appealed to everyone in the country to come forward and sign up for the vaccination programme.
In a brief speech yesterday after receiving his jab, Muhyiddin said the vaccine is “safe and does not have any serious implications to the body”.
“I did not feel anything at all. It was all over before I realised it and it was just like a normal injection. Don’t worry, come forward anytime.
“I believe this vaccine is safe and effective. So, I want to appeal to all citizens and those living in Malaysia to come forward and register in MySejahtera to queue for the Covid-19 vaccine,” he said at a live ceremony aired on local television yesterday.
Muhyiddin added that he is confident that the efforts made by the government would ensure that the country is free from the pandemic very soon.
The PM received the injection at the Putrajaya District Health Office (PKD) in Precinct 11, Putrajaya, which has also been stationed as one of the 532 vaccination centres nationwide.
Muhyiddin arrived at the Putrajaya PKD in the afternoon to receive the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Upon receiving the injection at about 2.43pm, Muhyiddin was taken to a special room, to wait for about 15 to 30 minutes, to monitor in the event of a follow up reaction such as allergies or other symptoms.
Later, he was accompanied by the Coordinating Ministers of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, namely Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba to take an appointment for a second dose.
Frontline officer Clement Marai Francis became the second Malaysian to receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday.
Francis, who is working as a driver at the Putrajaya Health Centre, also became the first frontline worker to be injected at about 2.46pm.
It was then followed by Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah who received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at 2.51pm, as well as other members of the Ministry of Health.
Each vaccine recipient was instructed to rest for at least half an hour as soon as they were injected for monitoring purposes.
Meanwhile, Khairy said a total of 465,081 individuals have registered for the Covid-19 vaccine through the MySejahtera application as of 2.45pm yesterday.
He added that individuals who have registered will receive confirmation of the date and vaccine dispensing centre (PPV), two weeks before the scheduled date.
He said the date and time to receive the vaccine is still subject to the previously set phase, which is Phase 1 for frontline staff; Phase 2 for senior citizens aged 60 and above and high-risk individuals; and Phase 3 for Malaysians aged 18 and above.
“Do not worry if you have not received any appointment information for now, as it will be given in stages according to the vaccination phase identified for that individual.
“All information received through registration will be processed to enable us to provide a list of residents in Malaysia to be vaccinated according to priority.
“For example, if you qualify for the second phase, you will be given an appointment earlier, compared to the others,” Khairy said.
He added that for other individuals, the priority of vaccination in Phase 3 is based on the location zone of your residence whether red, yellow or green as stated in the National Immunisation Programme Handbook.
For the registration of dependents for vaccination through MySejahtera, the facility will be available in the middle of next month, so that children can register for their parents who do not own the MySejahtera application.
Khairy said the registration through the vaksincovid.gov.my website and hotline will begin on March 5, while manual registration will also be introduced in government health clinics and hospitals.
He said the government will mobilise volunteers to make the vaccination programme a success, especially for rural and inland areas.
Khairy added that should all localities in Malaysia return to green zone in the near future, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) will make a risk assessment to determine the priority of vaccine recipients, taking into account population density factors and the probability of transmission in a locality.
He said the risk assessment was to enable the CITF to plan logistical factors, especially the supply of vaccine stocks as well as human resource deployment, including to provide large-scale vaccination centres.
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