PETALING JAYA: Those who want to receive doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 can book their appointment starting at noon on Sunday (May 2), says Khairy Jamaluddin (picture).
“As already announced, the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Vaccines @JKJAVMY offers a choice for people who want to take AstraZeneca. Reservations will be open tomorrow, May 2, at 12 noon at https://t.co/ TF4fINjmn7 , “he said.
“You already have to be registered and you will simply have to choose a special vaccination center (PPV and date
“This application for AZ is available on the website for residents of KL and Selangor with 268,000 people on the first click, for the first time on the website. If successful, @JKJAVMY will be available in other countries until further delivery of AZ.
“The first meetings will be on Wednesday (May 5),” the science, technology and innovation minister added in a tweet on Saturday (May 1).
The Minister for the Coordination of the National Immunization Program Covid-19 has previously explained that those interested will only have to agree for logistical purposes, as this is a PPV.
He had previously said that the AstraZeneca vaccine would only be received by volunteer applicants following a government announcement that it would not be used in regular PPV.
“These volunteer applicants are the ones who are aware of all the facts about the vaccine and will undergo a medical assessment before receiving the dose,” he has already said.
On April 28, the government announced that AstraZeneca Covid-19 would be offered to the general public in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor on a first-come, first-served basis.
Khairy added that AstraZeneca is not limited to those eligible for the second phase of the national Covid-19 immunization program (NIP).
He said all 268,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine received by the government last Saturday were to be given at special PPVs in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
“The Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 (JKJAV) has decided so because Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are still at the top of the list of Covid-19 cases,” he added.
He said the vaccination distribution period is about 12 weeks, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
It also stated that a total of 1,409,215 individuals received Covid-19 through the National Immunization Program.
Malaysia currently has about 268,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines – the first batch of which arrived in the country last week.
Concerns about AstraZeneca arose after several cases of blood clotting occurred among vaccine recipients.
Khairy said the number of incidents, however, is very rare, with only four cases out of one million people worldwide.