• Jonathan Shiek

Malaysians May Be Able To Choose Their Covid-19 Vaccine Soon, Says Khairy

Just two days after Malaysians were complaining about the inefficient booking system for the AstraZeneca vaccine, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine would no longer be offered as an opt-in choice as it will now be part of PICK.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was initially given to voluntary applicants as there were concerns about potential risks of blood clots among recipients. However, Malaysians’ overwhelming response to the programme proved that most people were no longer hesitant about it, which prompted the government to terminate the vaccine opt-in programme.

Moreover, Khairy also mentioned that the government may consider allowing recipients to choose their preferred type of vaccine using the MySejahtera app. There may also be options for people to choose their appointments, place and date as well.

“On the choice of vaccines, we’re working out the method in which we would do this. It will be done on MySejahtera and the website. I believe this is cleaner and encourages people to use the app,” said Khairy, who added that more details about this option will be probably announced in the next couple of weeks.


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