Second dose of Covid-19 vaccinations to start on on Wednesday (March 17)


PETALING JAYA: The second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations will be administered from Wednesday, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

He said these were for those who had already received their initial dose of this vaccine.

Dr Adham noted the first phase of the vaccination started on Feb 24, with the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being the first to receive it.

"On Wednesday, it will be 21 days since the vaccination was first rolled out and given to the Prime Minister. That means we can start the second dose to those who have received the first dose," he said during a joint press conference with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Monday (March 15).

Separately, Khairy said they were continuing to administer the vaccine to those who have yet to receive it, and were not withholding doses for those who needed their second shots.

Khairy noted when the government was rolling out the first phase of the immunisation programme, they initially had a "one dose, one reserve" policy.

However, he said, this has changed as Pfizer-BioNTech has been efficient in its delivery schedule.

"Pfizer, up till now, had been efficient as far as delivery is concerned. When they have promised to deliver, they have delivered. That has given us the assurance," he said.

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