PUTRAJATA MAY 3: The government will extend the voluntary vaccination programme for AstraZeneca (AZ) following a good response from the people with 260,000 has registered within three hours yesterday.
Coordinating Minister for National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP), Khairy Jamaluddin said, the programme will take into account those who have no internet access to register.
Khairy said, about 80% from those registered had cancelled their registration on MySejahtera and re-registered for AstraZeneca vaccination appointment via online..
He added, the voluntary vaccination programme initially opened yesterday (2nd May) only to residents in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor will now be extended to other states as more vaccine supplies are arriving.
“We do not want to interrupt the NCIP appointments and that is why AstraZeneca is based on voluntary.
“The supplies of COVID-19 vaccines depend on the orders placed and the government is not delaying the vaccination process. Currently we have received 1.9 million doses of Pfizer and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines and 1.4 million people had been vaccinated,” Khairy said at a press conference with the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba here today.
Khairy added, the private clinics under the Ministry of Health (MOH) subsidiary companies will carry out the AZ voluntary vaccination programme.
He said, 75% of the COVID-19 vaccines had been utilised and there is no question of the government keeping the vaccines.
Khairy said, Malaysia is expecting to receive 1.1 million doses of AZ vaccines this month from the Covax facility.
According to Khairy who is also the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, another 600,000 doses are expected in June and 400,000 in July and 1.2 million in August and September 2021.-Malaysia World News