PUTRAJAYA, 3 May 2021:
When Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba announced last month the inclusion of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, around 8,000 individuals cancelled the registrations on the MySejahtera app.
But after the AstraZeneca vaccine was later removed and offered separately on a voluntary basis, around 80% restored their MySejahtera app registrations.
This trend was revealed by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today, who explained the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) decided to have the AstraZeneca vaccine be offered separately over risk of blood clots, as had been reported abroad.
Noting how the AstraZeneca vaccine voluntary registration for Selangor and Kuala Lumpur – offering 268,000 appointment slots – were snapped in just over three hours yesterday, he said the voluntary programme will be expanded nationwide soon.
Given this overwhelming confidence expressed by the Malaysian public, he urged Sarawak to reconsider its decision not to accept AstraZeneca vaccine for its residents in that state.
For those who missed out, Khairy said another 1.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is scheduled to arrive latest this month via the CoVax global vaccine initiative plus 610,000 doses directly from AstraZeneca the following month, 410,000 doses in July and 1.2 million doses arriving in August and September.
As the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy said Malaysia had so far received a total of 1,938,660 doses of the Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, of which 1,453,382 doses had been used.
“This shows the deployment rate of vaccines received in the country is 75%. As such, this is not about the low vaccination rate and it’s not like we do not want to swiftly vaccinate the public, the issue is that the supply is sent according to an agreed schedule from overseas.
“We will push it out all the way to 80% after (Hari Raya Aidlifitri) because there is currently a constraint due to a spike in Covid-19 cases, curtailment of workforce and so on.
“When more vaccine supplies arrive, we will mobilise them for Malaysians to be inoculated – there is no question of keeping the vaccines and so on.”