Covid-19 Vaccine: Tatler Friends Register For Their AstraZeneca Vaccine Appointments
While a handful of countries around the world have suspended the AstraZeneca rollout, citing side effect concerns after cases of blood clotting emerged among receivers, Malaysia went ahead with the voluntary registration process for 268,800 doses of the European-made vaccine on May 2, 2021.
The AstraZeneca opt-in was met with overwhelming traffic minutes after registration opened at 12 noon, with at least 210,000 bookings for the first dosage snapped up by 2:30 pm, according to Malaysia’s Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Open only to residents in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, those who have successfully registered will be getting their AstraZeneca jabs at World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL), Ideal Convention Centre Shah Alam (IDCC), Dewan 1 Bangunan Peperiksaan Universiti Malaya (UM), or Dewan Gemilang Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
Among the many who have secured their appointments are AirAsia Berhad Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, medical doctor and Peak Fitness group executive director Dr Shaun Alexander, KIP Group of Companies CEO Valerie Ong, A Cut Above founder Datin Winnie Loo, and former Miss Malaysia Carey Ng and her entrepreneur husband Roen Cian.
"Super damn happy. Got my vaccine appointment. Can’t wait. Very happy all 250k vaccines snapped up in 4 hours," Fernandes wrote in his Instagram caption. "Everyone should take a vaccine. It’s our responsibility. Thank you @officialmosti. Was like buying an AirAsia seat during free seats Hahahha," he jested.
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Alexander simply shared a screenshot of his vaccination confirmation on Insta story, writing: "Let's get vaccinated!" while Loo could hardly contain her joy.
"So excited. Can't wait.", Loo wrote in one Insta story, followed by "Let's do our part #KitaJagaKita" in another.
Meanwhile, Malaysia is expected to receive one million more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine this month through the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) facility, according to Khairy.
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Khairy, who is also the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, said on Twitter that the government is working on expanding the booking for the jab to all states, except Sarawak as the state has declined the AstraZeneca vaccine.