Khairy Blames AstraZeneca Vaccine Mass Bookings Over Registration Complaints

Khairy Jamaluddin says he’s unsure if organisations that did mass bookings for AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine had obtained consent from the people they registered.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Some people received appointments for AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination, despite not registering for it, likely because of mass bookings by organisations without the consent of those getting registered, Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

Kampung Tunku assemblywoman Lim Yi Wei tweeted earlier today about a constituent of hers who specifically did not volunteer for the opt-in AstraZeneca-Oxford shot, but received an AstraZeneca vaccination appointment, besides highlighting a complaint from another person.

“We are still investigating these cases where they didn’t register, but they received an AstraZeneca appointment. This should not have taken place, technically it cannot take place — unless, there’s only one hypothesis right now that we’re working on, people were registered without their consent,” Khairy told a virtual press conference.

“We have been told there were several organisations which were doing mass bookings for people. We were not sure if the people that they were doing mass bookings for had given their consent or not. 

“That’s the only possible explanation for this right now, where there are certain groups who say they’re going to register hundreds of people, to help, ostensibly, these people to be registered, but the only issue right now is whether those people gave their consent. If they didn’t give their consent, then that’s why they’re surprised today they got their appointment.”

Khairy also said there is hardly any wastage of Covid-19 vaccines, as people on wait lists will be called up to get their jabs in the event of no-shows at vaccination sites (PPV).

“I checked with Terengganu, Kelantan, they were able to use the reserve list or the waiting list. Secondly, if the waiting list is also exhausted but there are still vaccines, they simply don’t take the vaccines out of the top loading freezer, which is at the PPV. If they keep the vaccine in the top loading freezer, they can use it — Pfizer — for another four days.”  

Kosmo reported earlier today that nearly 52,762 people across seven states, namely Kedah (10,827), Pahang (10,000), Kelantan (almost 10,000), Perak (9,000), Ne­geri Sembilan (6,323), Melaka (3,612), and Perlis (3,000), did not turn up for their Covid-19 vaccination appointments.

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