Khairy: Protocols in place to prevent wastage of vaccine doses


PUTRAJAYA: Protocols are in place to make sure that Covid-19 vaccine doses are not wasted, says Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“Excess doses that have not been used because people have not shown up will be given to the security personnel and other volunteers at the vaccination centres so that there will not be wastage, ” he said at the launch of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Plan handbook in Putrajaya on Tuesday (Feb 16).

This comes as reports surfaced of healthcare facilities in other countries facing vaccine wastage due to a no-show of recipients or lack of equipment such as special syringes.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba also said a dry run for the vaccine delivery in a remote area was conducted on Jan 29.

“This is to ensure that the vaccine will still be safe at the point where we vaccinate the people, ” he said.

He added that low dead-volume syringes will also be used so that the right dose of the vaccine will be accurately delivered to the people so as to prevent wastage.

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