Waiting states to get vaccine soon

PUTRAJAYA: The second batch of 182,520 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will be distributed to states yet to have the supply, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said the vaccine, produced in Belgium, was scheduled to arrive today via KLIA from Singapore.

“The vaccine will be distributed to Kedah, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Perak tomorrow (today).

“Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan will receive the supply on Thursday, ” he said after conducting a simulation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme here yesterday.

Khairy, who is also the Coordinating Minister for the programme, said a total of 55,539 teachers, categorised as high risk, would be considered as among the first group to receive the vaccine.

He said the consideration to include teachers in the first phase of the country’s largest vaccination programme was made after receiving a list from the Education Ministry (MOE).

“We will try to include teachers in the first phase before school reopens, ” he said.

The MOE has set reopening of school for preschoolers, Year One and Two pupils on March 1 while Year Three to Six pupils will start attending school on March 8.

Secondary school students will return to classes from April 4.

On the simulation exercise also attended by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, Khairy said the vaccination process would take about 15 to 30 minutes, including recipients’ monitoring process.

On Feb 21, the first batch of 312,390 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine safely arrived in Malaysia through the national entry points at KLIA, Sepang; Johor and Penang.

The programme will be implemented in three phases, with Phase 1 from Feb to April for the frontliners, involving 500,000 people.

Phase 2, from April to August, involves 9.4 million people comprising senior citizens aged 65 and above, high-risk groups and the disabled.Phase 3 will cover Malaysians and non-citizens, aged 18 and above, targeting more than 13.7 million people.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah are among the first to receive the vaccine today.

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