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Persons under investigation, surveillance and Covid-19 close contacts not allowed at vaccination centres, says Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR (May 15): Prospective vaccine recipients with the status of a person under investigation (PUI), person under surveillance (PUS) or close contacts of Covid-19 patients are not allowed to turn up at vaccination centres (PPV) (pictured).

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that thus far, it was found that several individuals with such status were present at PPV when they should have been at home under quarantine.

He said that the vaccination exercise for individuals with such status will be rescheduled because they are at risk of infecting others.

“We check the MySejahtera system where we can check the risk status, and it is always updated. If you are classified as a ‘close contact’, do not come [to the PPV],” he said when met on a visit to the PPV for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL) today.

Apart from that, he said that those who do not have an appointment via MySejahtera also should not come to PPV to try their luck to get the vaccine as it could cause congestion and compromise physical distancing.

At the same time, Khairy also advised those with a vaccination appointment to be present at the appointed time about 15 to 30 minutes early to avoid crowding the place.

Asked about complaints of some married couples with vaccination appointments on different dates, on whether they could be adjusted to be on the same day, Khairy said that it all depends on the capacity of the PPV.

He said that if the staff at the PPV find that many are not present on the day, they would probably administer the vaccine to the couple who are present.

“But if on a certain day the PPV is very full, they (the healthcare workers) may say that they cannot give it to you. So, we give the PPV some discretion. I cannot handle it all at the central level; that's ridiculous.

“There is a discretional policy for PPV but please, that doesn't mean you can just walk in. [It's] only on the day when you are there to accompany your husband or wife. It is not for you to go and rush to the PPV,” said Khairy, who is also the science, technology and innovation minister.

Meanwhile, he said that more opt-in registrations for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be opened for residents in the Klang Valley and several other states, and an announcement on the matter will be made next week.

On May 2, the government opened opt-in bookings for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for eligible individuals aged 18 and above, and the vaccination exercise began on May 5.

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