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Khairy: AstraZeneca vaccine will no longer be an 'opt in'

KUALA LUMPUR (May 27): Due to the good response of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the next batch of it will no longer be available on a voluntary opt-in basis.

At a virtual media briefing today, the Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin (pictured) said the great response showed that there was no longer any hesitancy among the community for the vaccine.

As such, he added that the AstraZeneca vaccine — that is part of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme together with the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines — will no longer have the opt-in exercise like it did in the previous two rounds.

Furthermore, he also apologised for problems faced by applicants trying to register for the second batch opt-in Astrazeneca vaccination yesterday, adding that the user experience for registration “could have been better”.

The second round of opt-ins for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination was opened yesterday to those over 18 years old living in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang, Johor and Sarawak.

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