Vaccine volunteer drive attracts close to 13,000 youths to sign up

PETALING JAYA: Almost 13,000 youths have volunteered for the Malaysia Vaccine Support Volunteers (MyVAC) programme, which aims to help make the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme a success.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said a total of 12,831 youths have registered for the programme since February.

“The mobilisation of volunteers is a very important instrument in the vaccination programme to reach herd immunity.

"I would like to thank the volunteers who are made up of youth. This will enable the programme to run smoother and more effectively, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 12).

On Wednesday, Reezal Merican visited the National Vaccine Centre in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to see the volunteers at work.

MyVAC, launched in March, is a joint effort between the Health; Science, Technology and Innovation; Youth and Sports; Higher Education ; and Health Ministries as well as the Red Crescent to assist in dispensing vaccines to the public.

Reezal Merican also thanked those involved in making the vaccination programme a success, and hoped that more people would register for it.

The centre in UKM is considered to be a special centre set up specifically for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Three similar centres are at the KL World Trade Centre, Universiti Malaya and Shah Alam Ideal Centre.

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