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It’s Official, Covid-19 Vaccines Free For Malaysians & Foreigners Regardless Of Documentation

It’s Official, Covid-19 Vaccines Free For Malaysians & Foreigners Regardless Of Documentation

Priority will be given to Malaysians, though.

Hakim Hassan

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Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in a tweet that the vaccines will be given out to everyone in Malaysia, including non-Malaysians.

The Cabinet has decided that foreign citizens residing in Malaysia will receive Covid-19 vaccines free under the National Immunization Program. This will include diplomats, expatriates, students, foreign spouses & children, foreign workers & UNHCR card holders.


Khairy Jamaluddin, Science, Technology & Innovation Minister via Twitter

In a subsequent tweet, the Minister said that the Cabinet, in principle, has also agreed to provide the vaccines for free to undocumented foreigners as well.

@JKJAVMY will be discussing further on how this can be implemented. We will be reaching out to state governments, foreign embassies, NGOs to assist.

Khairy Jamaluddin, Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister via Twitter

He added that priority will be given to Malaysians first and the details on how foreigners will get the vaccine will be announced later.

The decision to give it for free is because the supply of Covid-19 vaccine obtained by Malaysia is sufficient and exceeds the number of Malaysians who are eligible to receive it.

Khairy Jamaluddin, Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister via Twitter

NPRA approved vaccines are safe for use

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has rigorously analysed the data to select the best Covid-19 vaccines, hence why their approval would mean that it’s safe to be used by Malaysians, said the Science Advisor to MOSTI, Associate Prof Dr Mohd Ghows Mohd Azzam.

According to Dr Mohd Ghows, he said that this is very important as it ensures that the people are confident in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he noted that the messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which came into existence just a few years ago, is now being used for vaccine development and it has been proven to be safe and effective.

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Credit: Malay Mail

Referring to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that use mRNA technology and achieved a high effectiveness rate of over 95 percent, Dr Mohd Ghows said that the technology is much easier and faster to make, adding that in the long run, this type of vaccine is likely to be cheaper to produce through the mRNA method.

He also mentioned that the new mRNA vaccines can be produced in about six weeks and are synthetic, which means that laboratories can create new ones based on the coronaviruses’ variants.


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