The Borneo Post (Sabah)

All Covid-19 vaccines approved by Pharmaceut­ical Regulatory Agency – PM


KANGAR: The people need not be concerned about the brands of Covid-19 vaccines used in the immunisati­on programme in the country as each vaccine has been approved by the National Pharmaceut­ical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said all the vaccines used in the National Covid-19 Immunisati­on Programme (PICK) have been tested safe and effective by the agency.

“They (vaccines) have all been tested and approved and I am confident that when the immunisati­on programme is being properly implemente­d by the management committee, it will give us a lot of advantages.

“It means that if the number of Covid-19 cases drops because many people receive their (vaccine) shots, the economy can be revived faster that will benefit the people as they could resume working and earning a living while businesses can run as usual,” he told reporters after visiting the Covid-19 Vaccine Administra­tion Centre at the Kampung Gial Health Clinic here yesterday.

As such, he said the people from all walks of life are advised to not hesitate in registerin­g for vaccinatio­n on the MySejahter­a app even if they had to wait for a long time for their turn.

“This is important for the country because we want, at this early stage, at least 60 per cent of the people to receive the vaccine so that we can achieve herd immunity even though our target is to vaccinate 80 per cent of the country’s population.

“Once vaccinated, we may be allowed to make an overseas trip, one may be asked to produce his or her vaccinatio­n record,” he said.

On the Malaysian Pharmacist­s Society’s request to have community pharmacist­s be listed among the vaccine recipients in the first phase of PICK, Muhyiddin said the matter could be referred to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

“Some people want to get the vaccine earlier than others because they are dealing with lots of people or facing bigger threats as the frontliner­s...but everybody will get the vaccine eventually, just be patient,” he added.

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