malaymail.com 03 May, 2021 07:15 am

Khairy: Govt to maintain AstraZeneca vaccine rollout on voluntary basis, opt-in application due to vaccine hesitancy

Khairy: Govt to maintain AstraZeneca vaccine rollout on voluntary basis, opt-in application due to vaccine hesitancy
KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 —  The government will continue with the distribution of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on a voluntary basis in the future given the success of its first opt-in application rollout yesterday, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) coordinating minister Khairy...

Registration for the AstraZeneca vaccine opened yesterday to 268,000 people in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor on a "first click and first serve" basis via the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) website.“The sole reason for having opt-in for AstraZeneca was due to vaccine hesitancy towards this particular brand of vaccine.For future rollouts of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Khairy said Malaysia was expecting the arrival of some 1.“So obviously we have a steady supply of AstraZeneca vaccine and based on the success of bookings yesterday we will be rolling this out to other parts of country and also take into account of vaccine equity to make this available to everyone who didn't have access to the website or MySejahtera,” Khairy added.

Khairy said shortly after the government’s announcement, about 80 per cent of those who initially cancelled their MySejahtera vaccine registration re-registered themselves for their vaccine appointments.“So we decided to carve this out basically on the issue of vaccine hesitancy and to show it can be opt-in on a voluntary basis,” Khairy said further.

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