Malaysia latest news: During the launching of National Covid-19 Immunization Programme handbook this morning, Malaysia Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin disclosed that the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech will be reaching Malaysia on 21 February 2021. Besides, he announced the rollout of Covid-19 vaccine will be on 26 February 2021. There will be a total of 312,390 doses of vaccine arriving at KLIA, which is enough for vaccination of 156,195 people. Upon arrival, the vaccine will be sorted and sent to different storage sites across Malaysia.
National Covid-19 Immunization Programme
Malaysia latest news: The National Covid-19 Immunization Programme in Malaysia is the largest vaccination programme in the country. The programme handbook provides details regarding the vaccination programme, including the vaccine procurement strategy, the storage facilities for the vaccine, the implementation and observation of the programme. In addition, the mentioned handbook can also be downloaded at www.vaksincovid.gov.my. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has revealed the slogan for this Vaccination Programme is “Lindung Diri, Lindung Semua” (protect oneself, protect all).
5 Ways to Sign Up for Vaccination Programme
Malaysia latest news: Science, technology and innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the vaccination programme coordinator, has introduced 5 ways to sign up for the programme for those who are interested. The 5 ways are as stated below:
- MySejahtera application
- Special hotline
- Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee website
- Private and public hospitals and clinics
- Register with the state government for those staying in rural areas
3 Phases of Vaccination
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced there will be 3 phases of vaccination based on the priority and needs of different groups of people. The Prime Minister himself will be receiving the vaccine together with frontliners during the first phase of vaccination. However, children aged below 18 will not be vaccinated as the vaccine is not clinically approved for children below 18 years old.
Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine
The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has proven 95% of effectiveness against Covid-19 based on clinical trials. The patients should get 2 shots 21 days apart to experience the optimum effect of the vaccine.
There are some common side effects after getting vaccinated. The side effects usually occur one to two days after vaccinating and should diminish or disappear after a few days. Below are the common side effects of getting the vaccine:
|In the spot where you get the injection||Throughout your body|
The government has set up more than 600 facilities as vaccine storage centres and also vaccination centres across the country. The facilities included public and private health facilities, convention centres, public halls, stadiums and universities. Thus, the government will take over the facilities temporarily for the vaccination programme, using the provision under Emergency Ordinance (Essential Powers) 2021.
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