PM mulls automatic vaccine registration

by AZREEN HANI/ pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

PRIME MINISTER Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he has instructed the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) to review the vaccine registration process, including automatic vaccine registration.

“I have asked JKJAV to review the vaccine registration process so that it can be further simplified, including a proposal to implement an automatic registration process to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated,” Muhyiddin said in a special address to mark 100 days of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).

“I also hear complaints from residents in rural areas, villages and hinterlands especially senior citizens who find it difficult to register and receive vaccines.

“To that end, I have instructed all Ministries and Government Agencies involved to use all Government assets to make it easier for them to get vaccinated,” he added.

The PM noted the anxiety of many who have not yet received their respective vaccine appointment dates.

“Therefore, I have instructed JKJAV to ensure that those who have registered through all platforms get an appointment date as soon as possible.

According to Muhyiddin, to date, nearly 13 million individuals have registered for the Covid-19 vaccine injection. This is only 51% of the total number eligible to receive the vaccine.

He stressed that the involvement and support of all parties is essential in the whole of nation approach to get the 80% herd immunity.

Muhyiddin also reminded those who have received the vaccine injection, to not take the Covid-19 prevention measures lightly.

The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) reported that all economic sectors are geared up to roll out their vaccination programmes to expedite the NCIP.

The Malaysia Shopping Malls Association (MSMA) said it has received inquiries from more than 50 malls interested in hosting vaccination centres (PPVs) nationwide where some, recognising the urgency to achieve herd immunity, have closed registrations for interested tenants and business partners.

private hospitals are also ready to administer the Covid-19 vaccines in Phase 2 of the NCIP, which covers senior citizens, people with chronic diseases and people with disabilities.

However, Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh reminded the public that this is not an opportunity for them to select the private hospital of their choice and register for the vaccine.