Khairy: Registration for AstraZeneca vaccine volunteers to begin Sunday (May 2)

PETALING JAYA: Those who wish to receive doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine may book their slot beginning at noon on Sunday (May 2), says Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).

"As previously announced, the Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee @JKJAVMY is offering an opt-in choice for people who want to take the AstraZeneca vaccine. Bookings will be open tomorrow, May 2, 1200hrs at” he said.

"You already need to be registered and will simply just need to pick a special vaccination centre (PPV and a date

"This AZ opt-in is open to 268,000 people initially on a first click, first-served basis in the website for KL & Selangor residents. If successful, @JKJAVMY will roll out to other states pending further deliveries of AZ.

"First appointments will be on Wednesday (May 5),” added the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister in a tweet on Saturday (May 1).

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme's coordinating minister had explained previously that those interested would only need to make an appointment for logistics purposes as it involves PPV.

He had previously said that the AstraZeneca vaccine will only be given to voluntary applicants following the government's announcement that it will not be used at the normal PPV.

“These voluntary applicants are the ones who are aware of all the facts surrounding the vaccine and will undergo a health assessment before receiving their dose, ” he had said previously.

On April 28, the government announced that it will be offering the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on a “first come, first serve” basis to the general public in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Khairy also said the AstraZeneca vaccine is not restricted to those who are eligible for the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).

He said that all 268,800 AstraZeneca vaccine doses received by the government last Saturday are expected to be administered at special PPVs in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

“The Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) decided as such because Selangor and Kuala Lumpur still top the list of Covid-19 cases, ” he added.

He said that the period for the vaccination distribution is about 12 weeks as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It also stated that a total of 1,409,215 individuals have received their Covid-19 vaccine via the national immunisation programme.

Malaysia currently has about 268,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines - of which the first batch arrived in the country last week.

Concerns surrounding AstraZeneca came about after several cases of blood clotting emerged among receivers of the vaccines.

Khairy said the number of incidents however is very rare, with only four cases out of one million people globally.

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