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Over 7.44 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered till now

Over 7.44 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered till now”

Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin announced today (5 April) that Malaysians in the second phase in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will start getting their appointments today in MySejahtera.

In accordance with the Centre's guidelines, fresh registration of frontline workers and healthcare workers for the vaccination is not being held in the state, he added.

He added that appointments for recipients under the second phase of the immunisation programme will be sent out through the MySejahtera application beginning today.

"Employers can not prevent their workers from going for the vaccination session". This decision was taken as some ineligible candidates were getting their names enlisted for coronavirus vaccination in violation of the rules, it said.

Khairy said a proposal would also be made to the National Security Council (MKN) to allow interstate travel for people wishing to help dependants in the kampung who are too weak to go to vaccination centres on their own. It is to be noted that healthcare and other frontline workers were eligible to receive COVID-19 jab in the first phase of inoculation. "While tracking the progress, the timeline for completing vaccination of all HCWs and FLWs with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine has been extended multiple times and was elapsed since these timelines and even after starting vaccination of population above 60 years, provision was made to register and vaccinate HCWs and FLWs with a view to ensure optimum coverage", Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in a letter.

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The five states with the most vaccines given out are Selangor with 106,660 doses, followed by Perak (81,171 doses), Sarawak (80,879), Sabah (73,125) and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (71,562).

Khairy, who is the science, technology and innovation minister, added that the Covid-19 immunisation task force had also proposed that family members be allowed to travel interstate for the objective of bringing their elderly parents to receive their jabs.

Kedah, Melaka, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Labuan are set to kick off their vaccination programmes on April 19, while other states will begin from April 22 to 26.

Khairy said 593 vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were spoilt because of storage temperature problems, including 585 vials during delivery from Pfizer and which had been returned to Pfizer, and eight vials during delivery within the country.

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