The government is taking into consideration issuing a certificate of exemption to individuals who are unable receive the Covid-19 vaccine due to having serious allergies or immunocompromised.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the issuance of the certificate is to replace the digital vaccine certificate that would be given to all recipients once they have complete the second dose of the vaccine.
He also mentioned the government is still refining the plan to give digital vaccine certificates via the MySejahtera application as the system would provide information to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other countries so that the certificate would be recognised and use as proof of the vaccination.
Meanwhile, he explained that the government in the midst of drafting a strategy for the homeless, refugees and undocumented migrants to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
He said he would hold a meeting with United Nations agencies this week to discuss the best method (of vaccination) for these groups.
Further, Khairy also said Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba would announce the protection scheme for the compensation of those who suffered serious side effects from the Covid-19 vaccine jabs at a joint press conference on Monday (March 15).
In regards to China’s Sinovac vaccine, he said the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of the Ministry of Health (MOH) is carrying out stability testing on the vaccine and that it could take a month to be complete.
“We want to see if there are any flaws to the vaccine when they are bottled here. If approval is given, we can roll out the vaccine by next month,” he said.
Malaysia received the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine on February 27.
Khairy urged all parties to report on claims about fake vaccines being sold online to the MOH for further action.
A fake advertisement about the online sale of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine went viral on social media recently.