PM visits National Cancer Institute ahead of implementation of Covid-19 immunisation programme

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made a visit to the National Cancer Institute to observe the facility’s preparedness to implement the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme that will kick off on Wednesday (Feb 24).

During the visit, Muhyiddin was briefed on the storage and management of the vaccines at the vaccine storage centre as well as on the vaccination process.

“During the visit, the Prime Minister also observed final preparations being done at the vaccination centre," said the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement Monday (Feb 22).

Also present were Science, Technology and Innovation Minister and Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

There are 54 vaccine storage centres and 605 locations used as vaccination centres nationwide.

The National Cancer Institute is one of the 54 vaccine storage centres and will supply vaccines to four vaccination centres in Putrajaya.

According to the PMO, vaccines received by the Institute are meant to be used for the first phase of the immunisation programme, involving 7,020 health and non-health frontliners.

The first batch of 312,390 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived in Malaysia on Sunday (Feb 21).

This batch would be administered to over 271,000 frontliners, 57.3% of whom comprise medical personnel and 42.7% non-medical frontliners.

Following the arrival of the vaccines, Khairy announced that the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will begin on Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule.

The Prime Minister will be the first to receive the vaccine after chairing the Cabinet meeting and Dr Noor Hisham would be the next to be immunised.

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