Foreigners in Malaysia to receive free Covid-19 vaccine

Malaysian frontline worker | Photo: East Asia Forum

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Malaysia is set to roll out its immunization program end of this month and will vaccinate foreigners living in Malaysia for free.

In a media statement released on Thursday, 11 February 2021, Malaysia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Committee stressed that Malaysians will be prioritised to receive the vaccination doses but maintained that the decision to include foreigners is key to the success of the programme. 

The committee added that herd immunity can only be achieved through vaccinating the majority of the public, which includes foreigners living in the country.

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Malaysia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Committee

In November 2020, Malaysia the agreement to purchase 12.8 million doses of the vaccine jointly developed by the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German partner BioNTech.

Last week, Health Minister Adham Baba said Malaysia would receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines a week earlier, before the first phase of the national Covid-19 immunisation plan begins on 26 February 2021.

The Southeast Asian nation also signed agreements to secure 18.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines produced by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute and China’s Sinovac.