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“Why create the same bottleneck?” M’sians Question Prioritisation Of Elderly In AZ Phase 2

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After the first opt-in program for AstraZeneca received tremendous support from the public, many people outside of Klang Valley have been waiting with bated breath for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be available at their local vaccination centres.

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On 17 May, Science, Technology and Innovation minister who is also responsible for the Vaccine Special Committee announced that Phase 2 of the AstraZeneca registration will be available to the elderly in Selangor, KL, Penang, Sarawak & Johor on 23 May. It is said that the prioritisation is to speed up the process of Phase 2 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

Since then, many netizens have then questioned the minister on whether there was adequate vaccine supply for Phase 2:

Khairy Jamaluddin elaborated that the prioritisation of the elderly will only be for three days. Following this, registrations will open after 26 May to individuals above the age of 18 in the selected states ONLY if there are leftover appointments.

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Many have said that it would be better to just open it for all as most economic sectors are open and going to work is risky enough. A post by the Ministry of Health (KKM) states that the elderly getting infected and dying from Covid-19 is traced back to them being infected by their close family members.

A netizen from Melaka has also wondered about the fate of the Malaysians living with high-risk people in other states who want to get the AstraZeneca vaccine but are not eligible for the second roll-out.

Be that as it may, many have said that the main idea behind the opt-in for AstraZeneca is to reduce vaccine hesitancy due to the rarely-occurring blood clots. However, even in the main immunisation programme, there are still many no-shows at the appointments. The Sun Daily reports that 1,800 out of 9,000 vaccine recipients in Kelantan did not appear for their vaccination. One netizen stated that it is proving very difficult to convince the elderly to get vaccinated.

Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has said that Phase 3 of the national vaccination programme might be delayed due to inadequate vaccines. So that leaves us to question:

“When will I, as an individual, be able to get vaccinated to protect myself and my family?”

“When will the nation be able to achieve herd immunity?”

Looking at the rate of vaccinations in the nation and the delays that have been happening, it might be optimistic for us to think that we will be getting vaccinated by the end of the year. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments. 

WORLD OF BUZZ has reached out to minister Khairy Jamaluddin and to the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV). We have yet to receive a response. 

 

Also read: KJ: “Phase 3 might be delayed due to inadequate vaccines”, M’sians Express Concerns

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