With MOSTI confirming the arrival of the vaccines and inoculation beginning in end February, a sense of hope and relief is spreading in the air. What not with another lockdown and a muted Chinese New Year, many Malaysians are looking forward for the vaccines.
Health Minister, Datuk Dr Adham Baba has added more positive news pertaining to the immunisation program by assuring at least some 126,000 people are expected to be vaccinated each day at 600 locations nationwide beginning late February. This is surely a welcome update and at that rate we could possibly cover the 80% population target within 6-7 months. Theoretically, at an estimation of 126,000 jab each day and the second jab 4 weeks later and with Malaysia needing to give about 50 million jabs, we should be able to complete the program by September 2021. Its just a rough estimation with no official statement by MOH.
The figures were derived based on the seven medical officers at each vaccination centres, according to the Minister each of the seven vaccinators are able to inoculate 30 people per day, meaning for each locality or area, a total of 210 people can be vaccinated in a day.
The first phase recipients of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from the end of this month until April will be the frontline personnel, including members of MOH, Malaysian Armed Forces, Royal Malaysian Police, and Civil Defence Force. While the second phase which is expected to begin sometime in March involves the high-risk group comprising senior citizens aged 60 and above and the vulnerable group with morbidity problems, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as persons with disabilities.
On the processes; the public will have to fill in a form by either downloading through the MySejahtera application or the Ministry will get a task force to send it manually a week before the vaccination this is to avoid waiting longer than necessary at the vaccination counter. A simple consent to the vaccination and its done.
The Health Minister assures the country has secured enough vaccines and that there is no supply issues, Malaysia’s immunisation program is on schedule and will be completed.