Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba stated the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered to the elderly aged 60 and above after being certified safe for use in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
However, he did not specify when will the second phase scheduled to begin.
It was reported that 280,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had arrived safely in Malaysia.
Previously in 12 April, Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin announced individuals aged 60 and above would be given the Sinovac vaccine in Phase 2.
The Covid-19 Vaccine Access Guarantee Special Committee made the decision after taking into consideration the latest data and data from other countries that showed the Sinovac vaccine is safe, effective and stable for those aged 60 and above.
Ministry of Health will continue to examine data from other countries on the use of AstraZeneca vaccine for adults aged 18 and 40 years and older.