Personal preference: Malaysians welcome govt proposal to let public choose their vaccine


PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are supportive of the idea to allow everyone to pick the vaccine that they want but the system must be efficient to ensure that all will be quickly vaccinated.

Many also urged the government to allow private hospitals and clinics to be allowed to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to speed up the rollout of the national vaccination plan.

Facebook user Linda Tee said the proposal should have been in place from the onset of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.

“@KhairyJamaluddin, yes, let the people choose and please allow them to use the nationwide clinic network to vaccinate communities at a higher speed,” she said in response to the report that the government is considering allowing the public to choose the vaccine that they want.

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Thursday (May 27) said the MySejahtera app could be updated to include that option, as well as the venue and date to get it.

Tee also urged the government to find ways to reduce the crowd and address parking issues at the respective vaccine dispensing centres.

“Please get this going fast. Tolong (please) lah, KJ (Khairy) & PM (Prime Minister). Before our population and economy suffer any further,” she said.

Nik Huang also concurred saying that the proposal was a great idea.

“This is what we want. (To) choose our preferred vaccine. Please just have a vaccine selection choice in the MySejahtera app to streamline, assign specific PPV centres to administer the respective vaccines,” he suggested.

Sasee Tharan also agreed, saying that the idea should have been done since the beginning of the vaccination programme.

“We could have seen the public confidently coming for the vaccination,” he said.

Elaine Chan said the government should speed up the vaccination process as the daily Covid-19 cases are increasing at an alarming rate every day.

User Chandra Gandhi Kuppusamy said the government must expand resources to speed up vaccination for those who want it as soon as possible.

“For those who want to choose, they must be willing to wait and get vaccinated later. Everyone’s needs are met, right!” he said.

Grace Lee said the government should not only allow the public to choose the types of vaccines but should consider opening up private hospitals or clinics to buy vaccines so more people can have access to it.

“Or else, looking at the current speed of the vaccination plan, when will our country achieve herd immunity?” she asked.

On Thursday, Khairy said the AstraZeneca vaccine would no longer be offered as an opt-in choice and used as part of the national immunisation programme.

He said the opt-in programme was created because there was initial hesitancy towards the AstraZeneca vaccine due to a blood clot issue, but response to opt-in for the vaccine has been very good.

There are three vaccines so far approved for use – Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sinovac.

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