Khairy: Second round of AstraZeneca opt-in details to be released next week

PETALING JAYA: Details for the second round of AstraZeneca (AZ) Covid-19 vaccine opt-in will be announced next week, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said details for new designated vaccine dispensing centres (PPV) outside of Klang Valley would also be released at the same time.

"While much attention has been given to the opt-in AZ track under the National Covid-19 Immunisation programme (Pick), phase two is well underway with more seniors receiving their appointments.

"@JKJAVMY (The Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee) will be announcing details for another AZ opt-in window & new designated vaccine dispensing centre (PPV) locations outside of Klang Valley next week," said the Pick coordinating Minister on Twitter on Thursday (May 6).

The AZ vaccine rollout began in Malaysia on a voluntary basis on Wednesday (May 5).

Meanwhile on a separate matter, those who received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and given dates earlier than the recommended 12 weeks for their second jab will have their appointments rescheduled, said Khairy.

"Second dose appointments in MySejahtera should be corrected by now to reflect the 12-week interval. There will be a tab soon on for those that need a shorter dosing interval because of foreign travel for education, etc," he said in reply to a tweet by @diver_doreen who highlighted the issue.

Khairy had said that the interval between the first and second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is set at 12 weeks.

He said this is in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations, and is currently being practised in the United Kingdom.

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