KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — Some 4,000 community pharmacists will be getting their Covid-19 shots early, Dr Adham Baba said today, as they have been newly classified as frontline workers.
The health minister, in a statement, said that community pharmacists have been included in category two of Phase One of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme, along with other frontliners from the health sector like private general practitioners (GPs) and dentists, defence agencies, as well as those in the security sector and essential services.
“This is following requests from the Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS) and Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild,” Dr Adham said.
“This decision will benefit almost 4,000 community pharmacists in Malaysia, who will be given the Covid-19 vaccine in Phase One.”
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme was launched on February 24, targeting to incolulate 500,000 frontliners with the first dose of the Covid-19 shots by March 31. As of yesterday, 249,909 frontliners have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.