First shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Malaysia . 21 Feb 2021 . Picture from JABATAN PENERANGAN MALAYSIA

This is perhaps the best piece of news for the week! The long wait for the COVID-19 vaccine finally comes to an end.

The first shipment of 312,390 doses of the vaccine arrived yesterday at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). It was initially scheduled to begin this Friday, but the national immunisation campaign has decided to kick off the dosage starting with the frontliners in two days’ time, which is from the 24th of February onwards.

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According to the Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin, registration for the COVID-19 vaccination will remain open until it meets the target of 80% of the population getting vaccinated.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is scheduled to be vaccinated along with the frontliners on the first day of the immunisation exercise on 26th February.

The second phase is scheduled from April to August for senior citizens aged 60 and above, vulnerable individuals with morbidity problems, as well as people with disabilities. 

Following with the final and third phase that will be scheduled for those aged 18 and above beginning from May to February 2022. 

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On the other hand, the government will also aim to accommodate some teachers, especially those with morbidities, and journalists in the first of the three phases of the immunisation program. The vaccine is free of charge to all Malaysians and foreigners alike.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reminds Malaysians “No one is safe until everyone is safe”.

So, bear in mind that even after the vaccination has been injected into our arms, being disciplined and adhering to all the SOP’s set by the government matters the most.