Second round AZ booking opens for those under 60 tomorrow

by HARIZAH KAMEL 
 
THE Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) will be opening appointment bookings for the second round of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to adults aged 18 years and above starting tomorrow. 
 
Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) Khairy Jamaluddin said the decision was made following 228,347 bookings made among senior citizens for the second round. 
 
“CITF has decided that for the second round of AZ vaccine, appointment bookings will be open to the public under the age of 60 in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur (KL), Penang, Johor, as well as in Kuching and Miri in Sarawak tomorrow on Wednesday, May 26 at 12 noon,” he said in CITF’s weekly press conference today. 
 
He said senior citizens will continue to be given priority and the booking system is still accepting registrations but that the opening to the public will expedite the appointment slots for the second round. 
 
Meanwhile, individuals who are on the waiting list in the first round will be automatically included in the second round. 
 
A total of 1.26 million doses are allocated for the second round following the latest shipment that was received on May 21 and another shipment from Covax scheduled for the end of this month.  
 
More AZ vaccination centres (PPVAZ) will be opened namely Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Penang, Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor, and Borneo Convention Centre Kuching as well as IKBN Miri in Sarawak. 
 
Khairy informed that the NCIP’s enrollment is almost 45% of the population aged 18 and above with an enrollment of 10,850,160.  
 
As of May 23, registrations for Phase 2 of the NCIP were 3,433,739 of which 1,894,673 were from senior citizens. The total number of phase 2 vaccinated so far is 372,895 as of yesterday.  
 
“The national vaccination rate has started to reach 75,000 doses a day with the highest record so far being on May 24, which is 95,000 doses. We expect that this rate will increase for us to reach the June target of 150,000 doses a day. 
 
“After more than two weeks of implementation, through the AZ vaccination invitation initiative, we have vaccinated 133,326 individuals, of which approximately 30,000 of those who signed up from the waiting list have been called and will be called until June 6 once there is a vacancy,” he said. 
 
On the next delivery of vaccine supplies, Khairy said a total of 260,910 doses from Pfizer will arrive this week bringing the total vaccine doses that have been shipped to 2,751, 840 so far.  
 
A total of 320,000 doses of vaccine from Sinovac bottled by Pharmaniaga Bhd will also be given this week while another shipment of AZ vaccine supplies is scheduled for later this month with the same amount.