Khairy: National Covid-19 Immunisation Program to start two days ahead of schedule

PETALING JAYA: The National Covid-19 Immunisation Program will begin two days ahead of schedule on Wednesday (Feb 24).

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the programme, initially scheduled to start on Friday (Feb 26), would be brought forward by two days.

“We can begin making early preparations to start the immunisation programme following the arrival of the vaccine and have decided to bring forward the start of the programme.

“Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be the first to receive the vaccine in Putrajaya after chairing the Cabinet meeting this Wednesday (Feb 24),” he said at a press conference in KLIA following the arrival of the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines on Sunday (Feb 21).

He added that Health director- general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah would be the next to be immunised.

Khairy said that the first batch of 312,390 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines would be administered to over 271,000 frontliners, 57.3% of whom comprise medical personnel and 42.7% non-medical frontliners.

Khairy added that the first batch of vaccines would be distributed to 16 storage centres on Sunday- four in Johor, two in Penang, six in Selangor, three in Kuala Lumpur and one in Putrajaya.

“Some of the vaccines will arrive in Johor via a land route from Singapore at about 2pm while more will be flown in and arrive at Penang at 6pm,” he said.

He said the remaining Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines would arrive in batches every two weeks.