KJ vows probe into vaccine queue-jumping allegations

Most wanted: A health worker holding a vaccine vial.

PETALING JAYA: Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says his team has been monitoring social media comments by alleged whistleblowers who claim there are people who have jumped the queue for Covid-19 vaccinations.

These comments, he said, were shared with Health deputy director-general Datuk Dr Chong Chee Kheong to be investigated.

“We take every expose seriously. Vaccine equity is important, ” he said in a tweet yesterday.

Khairy is the coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

According to him, elected representatives were included in the first phase of the vaccination programme.

“The only thing is VVIPs who are not elected representatives also want to get on the list. Not possible. And as for elected representatives, I am asking them to take it in stages.

“There are some states that want all executive councillors to be given the vaccine in one shot. Not good, ” he said.

He was responding to Twitter user Dr Rafidah Abdullah, who said that she received many messages on queue-jumping for the vaccine.

“We need to ensure distributive justice and instil trust in our national immunisation programme.

“Perhaps MOSTI YB @Khairykj can consider having an independent channel for people to file complaints and ensure repercussions for queue jumpers, ” said Dr Rafidah, who works with the Health Ministry.

Malaysia kicked off its mass vaccination programme last Wednesday with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being the first to be vaccinated.

There are three phases to the immunisation programme, with frontliners being vaccinated in the first phase from February to April.

As for the second phase, it runs from April to August with high-risk groups and senior citizens aged 60 and above being vaccinated.

The rest of the Malaysian population aged 18 years and above will be vaccinated in the third phase, which is from May 2021 to February 2022.

Khairy said that as of 6.30pm yesterday, 15,923 people have received the vaccine, with 1,428,719 others registering to receive it through the MySejahtera application.

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