Can you walk in and get your COVID-19 vaccination at any vaccination centre in Malaysia from 1 August onwards?
Take a look at the viral messages, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?
Two messages have gone viral and are being shared on various WhatsApp groups.
They both claim that anyone who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine can walk in and get vaccinated at any PPV, from 1 August onwards.
They are sometimes shared with this video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, saying that anyone can walk in for their COVID-19 vaccination from 1 August onwards.
Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia : The Facts
The viral messages are not accurate, and here are the FACTS…
Fact #1 : Operation Surge Capacity Runs From 26 July – 1 August
On 16 July 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced Operation Surge Capacity.
This 5-day Operation Surge Capacity aims to give the adult population in KL and Selangor at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1 August 2021.
To vaccinate the remaining 1.3 million adult population in KL and Selangor, the CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) will need to sustain 272,000 vaccinations per day.
Fact #2 : Walk-In Vaccination After Operation Surge Capacity
In a video that is often circulated with the viral message, Khairy Jamaluddin actually said that walk-in vaccination will only happen AFTER Operation Surge Capacity is completed.
So the actual date when people can walk-in and get their COVID-19 vaccination is predicated on the success of Operation Surge Capacity.
If Operation Surge Capacity is extended, then this option will likely be delayed.
Even if Operation Surge Capacity succeeds by 1 August, walk-in vaccination can only happen the next day – 2 August 2021.
So it’s best to WAIT for the official kick-off announcement, and not accept some random WhatsApp message at face value.
Fact #3 : Walk-In Vaccination Only In KL + Selangor
The first viral message also falsely suggests that anyone in Malaysia will be able to walk into any PPV to get vaccinated.
This walk-in vaccination option will only be available in KL and Selangor vaccination centres (PPVs) to “mop up anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor”.
Fact #4 : Walk-In Vaccination Also For Undocumented
Surprisingly, undocumented people in Malaysia will also be allowed to walk into any PPV in KL and Selangor to get vaccinated.
This is very good news, as it is important that EVERYONE gets vaccinated, irrespective of their status in Malaysia.
Fact #5 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Adults
On 17 July 2021, CITF kicked off walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens aged 60 years and above in KL and Selangor.
When they expand the walk-in programme after Operation Surge Capacity, it will be restricted to adults – those who are 18 years and above.
So the second message is WRONG in claiming that anyone of “any age” can walk into a PPV to get vaccinated.
Read more : Walk-In Vaccination in KL + Selangor Kicks Off!
Fact #6 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Those Without Appointments
Another fact not mentioned by the first message – only those who do NOT have a vaccine appointment yet, will be allowed to walk into a PPV in KL or Selangor.
Fact #7 : Sinovac Will Only Be Used For Dose 2
On 15 July 2021, Malaysia Health Minister, Adam Baba, announced that Sinovac will no longer be used for new vaccinations, and the remaining stock would be used to complete current vaccinations.
Hence, the second viral message with the list of vaccination centres offering Sinovac for walk-in vaccinations is FALSE.
Fact #8 : CITF Confirmed This Fact Check
On 19 July 2021, JKJAV issued a statement by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) addressing the viral messages :
- the walk-in programme will be updated and announced LATER
- not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be open for walk-in vaccinations.
So there you have it – the definitive debunk of the two fake viral messages above – from JKJAV and CITF.
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