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Will You Take The Covid-19 Vaccine? MOH Wants To Know

Will You Take The Covid-19 Vaccine? MOH Wants To Know

They want to see if the masses would accept or reject the vaccine.

Hakim Hassan

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Do you want to take the Covid-19 vaccine?

With Malaysia now looking to stock up on the vaccine with the target of covering around 80% of the population, the Health Ministry has launched a survey to engage the public to identify whether or not people would accept or reject it.

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They have set up a Google form for the public to respond and you’re not required to put your name or IC number but they will ask questions such as your age, occupation and level of education.

You can visit the survey HERE.

Malaysians Will Receive 5 Covid-19 Vaccines

The Health Ministry has also listed 5 vaccines which come from four different countries – the United States (Pfizer), the United Kingdom (AstraZeneca), China (Sinovac and CanSinoBIO) and Russia.

Meet the vaccines

mRNA vaccine

A messenger RNA vaccine (mRNA) teaches cells on how to make a protein – or even just a piece of a protein – that triggers an immune response.

The vaccine is said to instruct our cells to create “a spike protein” which is found on the surface of the virus that causes Covid-19.

Although they might sound similar, but mRNA is not the same thing as DNA, so it can’t combine with our DNA to change our genetic code.

This type of vaccine has also been tested against other viruses such as Ebola, Zika virus, and influenza.

Adenovirus vaccine

According to MOH, adenovirus vaccines uses another virus which has been genetically engineered to produce coronavirus proteins in the body.

There are two types: those that can still replicate within cells and those that cannot.

Adenovirus vaccines has been used for a variety of diseases from malaria to HIV-1.

Inactivated vaccines

These vaccines are made by inactivating or killing a virus or germ during the making process.

It has been used to vaccinate against Hepatitis A, flu, polio and rabies.

The vaccines are on the way

The first batch of vaccines to arrive in Malaysia will likely be 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine which is expected to arrive on our shores as soon as February 2021.

According to Berita Harian, Pfizer has promised to deliver the second batch of 1.7 million doses in the second quarter of next year, followed by 5.8 million doses in the third quarter, and 4.3 million doses in the fourth quarter.

As of now, it is not yet known when vaccines from the other four companies will be delivered to us.


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