Khairy reiterates permission letter not needed to cross border for Covid-19 vaccination, roadblock personnel informed

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin speaks to the press during a visit to the Covid-19 vaccination centre at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur May 5, 2021. ― Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin speaks to the press during a visit to the Covid-19 vaccination centre at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur May 5, 2021. ― Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — Covid-19 vaccination recipients need not obtain permission from the authorities to cross districts to head towards their designated Vaccination Centre, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin reiterated today.

“I would like to clarify once again, I have clarified this matter with [Senior Minister] Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri that anyone with a vaccination appointment can cross into districts or states, as in the case of Klang Valley into Selangor vice versa, need not obtain a permission letter from the police.

“Just show their appointment on MySejahtera, or website print-out [on appointment or SMS. That would suffice,” he told a press conference here.

He also assured the public that relevant orders have been relayed to security personnel manning roadblocks to allow access for those heading to their respective vaccination centres.

Khairy’s remark today followed Ismail Sabri’s announcement yesterday that six districts in Selangor will be among areas placed under the movement control order, which failed to provide clarity about whether or not those from these areas could travel beyond for work or to get their Covid-19 vaccine shots.

The districts affected are Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang.

The MCO will start from May 6 until 17.

On a separate matter, Khairy also responded to claims of some groups not receiving their appointments following their opt-in registration of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

“All of the appointments we have pushed them out and many have called in as to why they have not received their appointment notifications and when we check our back-end system, we found a major issue.

“This is due to a mismatch in identification number provided during the opt-in registration and the one registered in MySejahtera,” he said, adding that many had made typos of their IC that led to registrants not receiving their intended appointments.

However, he said he will raise the matter for discussion with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force but assured that those who made mistakes could still email their concerns through the MySejahtera app for further adjustments.

The government announced a separate AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine programme last month after concerns emerged that the European-made vaccine could cause blood clots in very rare instances.

Although the World Health Organisation has since assured people that the risk of contracting and dying from the Covid-19 disease is significantly higher than getting dangerous side effects from the vaccine, fears still remain.

The AstraZeneca vaccines are available via separate appointments only, as opposed to the NIP — which currently prohibits registrants to choose between the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines used in the programme.

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