PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will be offering the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to the public on “a voluntary first-come-first-serve” basis, in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, said Khairy Jamaluddin.
The coordinating minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme said the AstraZeneca vaccines will be given only to those who voluntarily want to receive them.
” After taking into consideration concerns from the public, we will be offering the AstraZeneca vaccines to the public on a voluntary first-come-first-serve basis, ” said Khairy on Wednesday here at a press conference.
Malaysia currently has about 268,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines. Khairy said we should not waste this vaccine. It is proven to be safe and effective.
As such, he added, special PPV (vaccination dispensing centres) will be opened in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur for now, where the number of Covid-19 infections are very high. Those who want to voluntarily take it, they can go ahead.
The public became very concerned on the AstraZeneca vaccine after several cases of blood clotting emerged among those who received it earlier.
Khairy said the number of incidents however is very rare, with only four cases out of one million people globally.