Priority list for vaccination must meet two criteria, says KJ

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  • Wednesday, 23 Dec 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Two things are taken into consideration when deciding on the Covid-19 vaccination priority list, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said in drawing up the list, the special committee would look at how likely a person could spread the virus or whether the individual was likely to get the disease.

"These are two important things when we decide on the priority list.

"It is not based on whether you are a politician (which would then mean) you should get it first or last.

"We decide on how likely it is for one to develop Covid-19 if infected, and if you are likely to suffer from it, including the possible death," he said on Wednesday (Dec 23).

Khairy was asked if he would be taking the vaccine with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who said he was ready to be part of the first batch to get the Covid-19 vaccine inoculation in a move to assure the people of its safety.

The minister explained that because of risk assessments, countries were prioritising the vaccine to be given to senior citizens as data showed they were vulnerable from the worse effects of Covid-19.

Khairy said another group that needed to be prioritised were frontline workers as they were likely to be infected and then spread the disease.

"By the same token, politicians will be assessed on that basis: how likely the public figure can be infected or infect others, how often he meets the public and be out in public spaces.

"If you ask me today, I will argue that you all, the media is also a priority," he said.

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