Friday, February 26, 2021

Don’t worry, govt tells undocumented migrants on vaccine jabs

Minister Khairy Jamaluddin assures that arrangements will be made for foreigners with no documentation to receive the vaccine without fear of arrest.

Other News

Ismail Sabri terima suntikan vaksin Covid-19

Turut menerima suntikan hari ini ialah timbalan menteri pertahanan, ketua setiausaha, panglima angkatan tentera dan panglima-panglima perkhidmatan.

Art Harun terkejut dengan sikap rakan-rakan selepas dilantik speaker

Bekas peguam itu menceritakan hal peribadinya termasuk bagaimana proses pelantikannya sebagai speaker Dewan Rakyat dijadikan isu peribadi.

Speaker Art Harun shocked by friends who ‘unfriended’ him

The former lawyer opens up about himself, including how his appointment as Dewan Rakyat speaker has taken a personal toll.

Cocaine worth billions seized in Europe’s biggest ever smuggling bust

Authorities are saying so far the record breaking haul has led to the arrest of just one man, 'whose address was on the shipment'.

Dubai’s captive princess urges UK cops to reopen disappeared sister’s kidnap case

Diplomatic 'sensitivities' mean the police are experiencing difficulties making any further progress.

Undocumented foreign workers have been asked to approach their respective embassies in order to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, ahead of the first delivery of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines this Sunday.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin assured that discussions would be held with the authorities to ensure that these workers are not detained.

“Arrangements will be made for documented foreign workers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in an efficient manner,” he said at a press conference today.

“Meanwhile those who do not possess documentation must approach their embassies to be brought out and vaccinated without being arrested,” he said, adding that his ministry is still discussing the details of the plan.

Putrajaya previously said that foreign workers would receive Covid-19 vaccines free of charge, noting their contribution to the economy and saying this would help ensure herd immunity.

Khairy said that 300,000 frontline workers would receive the jabs in the first phase of the national vaccination programme. He said priority would be given to those in the health sector, followed by other workers in frontline sectors.

He said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was prepared to be one of the first to receive the vaccine to assure those who are concerned about its efficacy.

“The plan at the national level is being drafted,” he said. “We will identify several NGOs to join us on our team to help boost public confidence in the vaccines.”

On which vaccine would be given, Khairy said this would depend on the allocation of the jabs which have been approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

“No one can choose which vaccine they will receive,” he said. “But do not worry as whatever vaccine is given has been approved by the NPRA. There should be no concerns.

“You cannot choose which vaccine. You will only be given the date, time and place to come and receive the jab.”

Malaysia has so far secured Covid-19 vaccine supplies from five companies at a total price of over RM2 billion, enough to inoculate more than 80% of the population and achieve herd immunity.

The Pfizer vaccines will be the first to arrive in Malaysia on Sunday, followed by vaccines under the Covax facility (March) and from AstraZeneca (April).

Three other vaccines will come from Sinovac and CanSino (China) and Gamaleya (Russia), totalling 23.9 million doses under various regiments.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates:

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

Maximum RM10,000 fine for SOP offenders beginning March 11

Companies or corporations that violate the SOPs can be fined up to RM50,000.

China approves 2 more home-grown Covid-19 vaccines for use

China is exporting vaccines to 27 countries and providing free doses to 53 others, a foreign ministry spokesman says.

US approves Pfizer vaccine storage at normal freezer temperature

The move loosens a previous requirement that the vaccine should be stored at ultra-low temperatures, between -80 to -60 degrees Celsius.

It’s not just about patent rights, expert says on ways to make Covid jabs cheaper

India's Serum Institute offers a good example of overcoming the problem of vaccine exclusivity during the current health emergency.

New cases drop below 2,000 mark

12 more deaths reported.