KUALA LUMPUR: Hospital contract workers will be included in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this would also include cleaners and other healthcare personnel.
“Our decision to choose the (healthcare workers) to be vaccinated today is based on their scope of work in the health sector.
“So we have a medical officer, medical assistant, nurse, and an ambulance driver to show that we are covering the health sector as widely as possible, including contract workers at hospitals involved in cleaning and others, who will be included in the first phase.”
Khairy, who is also coordinating minister for the Covid-19 immunisation programme, said this at a press conference after the vaccination of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
The duo, along with four other healthcare personnel, were immunised at the Putrajaya District Health Office at Precint 11, today.
He also said the vaccination would not start simultaneously across the country, with Selangor being the earliest to start with the programme tomorrow.
The vaccination programme rollout for other states are as follows:
Pahang – Feb 26
Sarawak – Feb 26
Terengganu – Feb 26
Kedah – Feb 28
Federal Territories – March 1
Perlis – March 1
Perak – March 1
Johor – March 1
Melaka – March 2
Kelantan – March 2
Negri Sembilan – March 2
Sabah – March 4
Khairy also said preparations were underway at vaccination centres nationwide, adding that all centres had conducted simulations and testing of the registration system.
On vaccinating teachers, he said the task force would meet again tomorrow to discuss the matter further, and work towards vaccinating teachers with comorbidities before schools reopen March 1.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said he did not feel any pain during the injection, adding that everything went on smoothly.
“I feel good, the needle that they used was the finest one, and the volume of the dosage is only 0.3ml.
“So there’s no pain. It went well,” he said.