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Senior citizens to be given Sinovac vaccine, says Khairy

Senior citizens to be given Sinovac vaccine, says Khairy
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PUTRAJAYA (April 12): Senior citizens will be given the Sinovac vaccine under Phase 2 of the National Covid-19 immunisation Programme from April 19, said Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said this was decided by the Covid-19 Vaccine Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) after taking into consideration the latest data as well as application development in other countries which showed that the vaccine is safe, effective and stable to be given to citizens aged 60 and above.

According to Khairy, who is also the science, technology and innovation minister, countries that have already started dispensing the Sinovac vaccine to members of their populations aged 60 years and above include Turkey with 11 million senior citizens, Brazil with more than seven million recipients and Chile with more than three million recipients.

At a media conference on the development of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba here today, Khairy said Brazilian clinical trials and papers under review showed that the secondary efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine against moderate and severe cases of Covid-19 was 83.7% for moderate cases and 100% for severe cases.

Meanwhile, Khairy said the number of people who had registered for the Covid-19 vaccine stood at 8.513 million.

The Federal Territories of Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, as well as Selangor,  Penang and Negeri Sembilan recorded the highest registration rate in terms of the ratio to the population, while registration in Sabah, Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu and Kedah was still slow.

Khairy also said 31,776 appointments had been sent to Phase 2 vaccine recipients via MySejahtera and the short message service (SMS).

From the total, 13,218 have replied attending, 343 replied that they would not be present and 18,215 or 57% have not confirm their attendance.

"I am urging those who have received appointment details to reply as it would enable us to carry out planning at the vaccine centres (PPV).

"If we do no know the number turning out, there may be wastage of vaccines or insufficient vaccine doses at the PPV,” he said.