(Putrajaya, February 24) Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has just been vaccinated at the Putrajaya Health Clinic in Precinct 11 around 2:30pm today, ahead of the initial schedule of Feb 26. Also taking the vaccine alongside the PM was Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Before taking the jab, Muhyiddin was seen going through an oral evaluation, after which he was required to sign on a consent form acknowledging that he has understood and agreed to the terms.
The entire vaccination process took around 15 to 30 minutes, including recipients’ monitoring process. Both are expected to receive the second dose three weeks later, as the Pfizer-BioNTech in Malaysia will be taken in 2 doses, 21 days apart.
Four other staff of the Health Ministry also joined Muhyiddin and Dr Noor Hisham to be vaccinated.
Today is also the kick off of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, the largest vaccination programme ever in Malaysia to-date.
Muhyiddin has officially launched the vaccination registration over the MySejahtera application. He urged Malaysians to register for the vaccine and show up for appointments to receive both doses.
According to the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Handbook, as at February this year Malaysia has secured procurement of 66.7 million doses of vaccines through the COVAX Facility from five producers – Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, CanSinoBIO and Sputnik V.
The first batch of 312,390 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses arrived safely in Malaysia on Feb 21 (Sunday), enough to vaccinate 156,195 people.
The second batch of the same vaccine, comprising an additional 182,520 doses, is expected to arrive today (Feb 24) for distribution to states that have yet to receive the vaccine, said Coordinating Minister for National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin.
Vaccination will be provided free-of-charge to those living in Malaysia, including non-citizens, under the Immunisation Programme in 3 phases, targeting to vaccinate 80% of the country’s population:
Phase 1: Feb 24 – Apr 2021
500,000 healthcare frontliners and essential workers are expected to be vaccinated first.
Phase 2: Apr – Aug 2021
9.4 million senior citizens aged 60 and above, high risk groups, as well as persons with disabilities, will be prioritized to receive the vaccine in this phase.
Phase 3: May 2021 – Feb 2022
13.7 million or more doses will be covered, involving both Malaysians and non-Malaysians aged 18 years old and above.
Malaysians will not be given a choice as to which vaccine to be administered, as announced by Khairy previously, who is also a Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.
Children will not be vaccinated yet as none of the current vaccines has been clinically approved for those under 18.
MOH has identified and prepared 600 vaccination stations nationwide, including health clinics, government hospitals, and private hospitals, aiming to vaccinate up to 126,000 individuals a day.
7 officers conducting the inoculations will be placed at each of the vaccination station, said Health Minister Dr Adham Baba.
In addition, the first batch of China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Malaysia on February 27, said Khairy.
However, he mentioned that the Sinovac vaccine has not been registered by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) yet, as it is still pending approval.
More to follow…