Putrajaya has agreed to extend free vaccination towards foreigners who are residing in Malaysia based on the decision made by the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) under Malaysia’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
This will include diplomats, expatriates, students, foreign spouses and children, foreign workers as well as UNHCR card holders.
Science and Technology Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin emphasised that other countries are providing vaccinations to Malaysians living abroad as well and the free vaccination to non-Malaysians can make the whole process easier to administer vaccines in the country.
“The high cost of treating and quarantining Covid-19 patients, because of infections from clusters involving foreign workers, was another factor behind the agreement in the committee.
The committee added that the decision to vaccinate foreigners was also due to the country’s adequate supply of vaccines, which is more than the number of Malaysians who are eligible to receive it,” Khairy said.
Malaysians will be prioritised before foreigners to access the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the first phase of vaccinations will administer 500,000 health and non-health frontliners starting from the end of February to April this year.