February 25, 2021 | Written By: Mohd Syafiq
As we all know, our country Malaysia has signed an agreement (MoU) with China in an effort to get a vaccine supply to fight against the Coronavirus pandemic. Even so, many other countries have already received this vaccine.
Currently, the Malaysian government is in the process of implementing the COVID-19 immunization program in stages by prioritizing high-risk groups that are easily infected with COVID-19 to get vaccinated first before extending it to other target groups. This is because the amount of vaccine supply that has been received is small to cover the whole population at the same time.
Who Needs Vaccines?
Generally, everyone who does not suffer from any problems such as allergies or other health problems that can be harmful after taking the vaccine should get an injection of the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent the outbreak from spreading. However, due to vaccine supply constraints, giving should be given priority to those who are more in need such as those at high risk.
High-risk groups are:
3.Patient with chronic diseases or Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and others.
The first group to receive the covid-19 vaccine in the country is not the "laboratory rat", but because they are the group that is most at risk of becoming infected with the Coronavirus or at risk of serious complications if infected. Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has also given an assurance that the COVID-19 vaccine will only be given to the community after it was approved by National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA). The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and the government will handle this issue seriously to ensure that the vaccine is safe before it will be given to the public.
The Prime Minister's statement also refuted the allegations that the first group to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be the experimental subjects to assess the effectiveness of the vaccine. In addition, continuous monitoring will be done by NPRA on all recipients of the vaccine to assess the level of safety and its effectiveness.
Conditions To Receive The COVID-19 Vaccine
Several conditions have been set to prevent any possible harm as we kick-start the vaccination program. The following are some of the conditions that a person must meet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
Not a former COVID-19 patient
Not suffering from chronic disease
Not pregnant and not breastfeeding
Not a close contact
Normal body temperature (below 37.5 degrees Celsius)
Normal blood pressure
Aged 16 or 18 years and above depending on the type of vaccine
Do not have allergies or allergies to the vaccine content
Do not have immunity problems
What Do Those Who Have Received the COVID-19 Vaccine Say?
To date, the number of vaccine recipients has reached more than a million people worldwide. Apart from the frontliners and the general public, there are many big names, national leaders, and celebrities around the world who have already received the COVID-19 vaccine.
1. In the United States, 78-year-old Joe Biden, the newly appointed President of the United States, received a second injection of the covid-19 vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark. He thanked the nurse for injecting his left arm with the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
He also stated in a speech that vaccination will be the number one priority of his administration to ensure that every citizen of the country gets the vaccine as soon as possible. This is relevant as the country is among the most severely affected by COVID-19 infection with an average death rate of 3000 people per day. It is estimated that more than 25 million first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed to clinics, hospitals and nursing homes across the country.
It is understood that US Vice President Mike Pence first received the Coronavirus vaccine before Joe Biden.
2. Sandra Lindsay, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, USA, has become the first individual in the country to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine broadcast live on television. According to Sandra Lindsay, she does not feel that taking the COVID-19 vaccine is different from other vaccine injections. She also advised the public to also receive the vaccine injection.
3. The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo or also known as Jokowi was the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in his country. He recounted his experience of being injected with the Coronavirus vaccine by saying he did not feel pain when injected. Apart from that, he also hopes that the whole community is ready to be vaccinated like him while reminding them that this vaccination process is an effort to free themselves from the pandemics that are plaguing the world at this time. According to him, the vaccine will be given free of charge to Indonesians in stages.
Also getting covid-19 vaccine injections in Indonesia are several community leaders such as Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Chief of Police General Idham Azis, TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Raffi Ahmad.
4. Israeli President Netanyahu, 71, has received the COVID-19 vaccine to launch its national vaccine production. He said that he asked himself to get injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine along with Israeli Health Minister Yuli Edelstein as a personal example to encourage the public to also get vaccinated.
The injection was broadcast live on television at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv.
5. Actress and former member of the Elite group, Sasha Saidin, and her husband Sirhan Wahab has received the second COVID-19 injection in Dubai. According to Sasha, the nurse said the second injection was lighter than the first injection in terms of dosage. Sasha also said that after taking the first injection, there are a few side effects such as fever, allergies and others, but the side effects of the second dose are milder. She added that until now their condition has improved and there are no problems or side effects that persist. They are able to go through their daily routines as usual.
Earlier, the couple had decided to get their first injection with the Sinopharm vaccine after comparing it with another type of vaccine, Pfizer, in December last year.
6. Malaysian doctors who work abroad have also mostly received this vaccine. One of them is Dr Amalina Che Bakri who is on duty in the United Kingdom. She informed Malaysians that the vaccine injection was the same as other vaccine injections that hurt like an ant bite. Dr. Amalina also shared other facts about the vaccine in her post on social media.
Through the stories and experiences of the people including national leaders, community leaders and influential people, what can be concluded is that this virus can attack anyone and everyone needs to get proper protection in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.
According to the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, every individual in the country will receive two doses of vaccine to ensure full protection from the virus. Those who receive the vaccine need to keep the card that will be given when they are first injected to ensure that those who have been vaccinated get a second dose according to a set date, usually within a range of 21 days. In addition, it is also emphasized that vaccine recipients still need to adopt new norms to ensure optimal protection.
Therefore, let us all appreciate the efforts of the Malaysian government and healthcare workers as well as other frontliners in ensuring that we can overcome the COVID-19 pandemic by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine injections when it is available and fully adopting the new norms.
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