Reports of 52,000 individuals across seven states have missed their appointments to date.
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Malaysia may start issuing fines to those who fail to show up for their Covid-19 vaccination appointments.
In an online press conference held today (27 May), Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba said his ministry is in discussion with the National Security Council (NSC) after it was reported that more than 52,000 individuals across seven states have missed their appointments– with Kedah registering 20,000 of those missed appointments.
Due to the vaccine rollout having to be done in stages with a delivery schedule, Dr. Adham said:
That’s why we feel applying penalties and mandatory vaccination must be implemented once all voluntary avenues like online registration, by MySejahtera or doing face-to-face appointments fail.– Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba in an online press conference 27 May 2021
Dr Adham also went on to say he is worried about the new variants that are emerging in the increasingly high number of positive cases. The variants first detected in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, South Africa and India are already in the community.
The best vaccine is the first one you can get access to
Dr Adham goes on to say that the public must realise this vaccine is free and its rollout is being done in stages.
Other matters mentioned in relation to vaccines include:
- Vaccine rollout is done in stages with all of them having a delivery schedule.
- Pfizer comes from their suppliers in Belgium. Sinovac is using Pharmaniaga for their fill and finish process, and AstraZeneca is from the Covac facility.
- The Ministry of Health (MoH) are about to procure vaccines from Gamelaya Sputnik and CanSigno.
- More vaccines are set to arrive in June and July.
In the efforts to help have a smoother and faster vaccine rollout process, Dr. Adham has also asked for non-governmental organisations to help with outreach once these vaccines have arrived.
In other vaccine related news, as at Wednesday 26 May, Putrajaya is the first territory to have 100% of their residents registered for vaccinations while Sabah is on the other end of the spectrum with only 17.76%.
For more vaccination progress statistics, visit The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (JKJAV) website.
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