Muhyiddin to launch National Covid Immunisation Plan on Tuesday (Feb 16)


PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will launch the guidebook for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Plan at 9.30am on Tuesday (Feb 16).

The launch will be broadcast live on local television stations and social media platforms.

Prior to this, the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) had announced that the handbook would include details on the nation’s vaccine procurement strategy, including implementation and observation of the vaccination programme.

Registration for the vaccination programme can be done via the MySejahtera app.

Last Friday (Feb 12), Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin confirmed that Muhyiddin would be the first person in the country to receive the vaccine to boost public confidence over its safety.

In January, Muhyiddin said that almost 27 million or over 80% of Malaysia’s population are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the first quarter of 2022.

Muhyiddin said this in the special announcement on the Permai (economic and people’s protection package broadcast live on Jan 18 by local television stations and social media platforms.

He said the first batch of vaccines was expected to be received by the end of this February, with the group to be vaccinated by early March, and the vaccination programme implemented in phases over a period of 12 months.

"The country’s vaccination programme is on track and the government has signed three agreements with vaccine producers.

"Through the established special committee on ensuring access to Covid-19 vaccine supply, the government will ensure transparency in the procurement of vaccines and give utmost priority to the National Immunisation Programme.

"A total of RM3bil has been allocated specifically for this purpose. The guidelines and methods on receiving the vaccine will be announced soon.”

He said the special Muzakarah Committee of the National Council for Malaysian Islamic Affairs has decreed that the Covid-19 vaccine is allowed and a necessity for specific groups.

"Ensuring the welfare of the community by protecting people from being infected by dangerous diseases is not something new from the Syarak (Islamic) perspective, ” he added.

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