Covid-19: Health DG mulls walk-in AstraZeneca vaccinations for the public – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: A walk-in appointment for people who want the AstraZeneca vaccine? This is a suggestion made by Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Twitter on Tuesday (April 27) evening.

“Perhaps we should open a walk-in for AZ vaccine. No need to wait. What do you think? (sic)” he tweeted.

The Tweet was a reply to Twitter user @Hunteress197, who wrote that there is no perfect medicine as it is made by people.

“I’ll take the risk coz I’ve done it before. My current medicine had potential to damage my liver, but still I took it to slow down aggressive destruction of my lungs (sic)” she tweeted.

Dr Noor Hisham had earlier in the day tweeted (https://twitter.com/DGHisham/status/1386967097545166849) that the blood clot cases due to the AstraZeneca vaccine are low and rare. The tweet included an infographic, which showed that it happens in four out of 1,000,000 cases.

At the time of writing, Noor Hisham’s latest tweet (https://twitter.com/DGHisham/status/1386977517118976008) was retweeted over 400 times, and received over 1,176 Likes.

Many were in favour of the proposal, with some saying that the walk-ins should be done with strict crowd control.

The coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin had earlier said that he will convene further discussions with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba on the use of AstraZeneca vaccine.

He noted that the discussion is deemed necessary after taking into consideration the public anxiety about the safety and efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine to be used in the immunisation programme.

Khairy added that despite having all scientific data that proves AstraZeneca is safe, public fear and anxiety should not be ignored.

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