No vaccine choice for now as it may slow down immunisation programme, says KJ

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PETALING JAYA: The government has decided not to allow Malaysians the option to choose their vaccines for now as its main concern currently is to speed up the vaccination process, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister said they initially had thought of allowing Malaysians the option to choose.

However, he said if a choice is given it might slow down the vaccination process.

“Right now, we are focusing on accelerating the vaccination process. If we give them a choice, it will slow things down.

“I have decided as far as policy, we thought about that initially, but now the concern is to increase and ramp up the numbers and give whatever we have, ” he said during a press conference on Sunday (May 30).

On Thursday (May 27), Khairy had said they were looking at allowing the public to choose the vaccines of their choice, with the MySejahtera application to undergo an upgrade for this.

This was after the AstraZeneca vaccines received an overwhelming response during the second phase of the opt-in programme.

Khairy had then said that the AstraZeneca vaccine would no longer be an “opt-in” programme, but included in the national immunisation programme.



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