The Ministry of Health is still actively carrying out the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 at all districts evethough the Ministry has issued a statement on the temporary pause of using the AstraZeneca vaccine. So far, over 3,000 frontliners have been inoculated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, the vaccination programme is using the Sinopharm vaccine. The Ministry of Health highly prioritises the vaccination programme's safety. Hence, the COVID-19 Vaccine Technical Committee is undertaking further review of the available data to assure the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
While further review is ongoing, the Ministry of Health has temporarily paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the ongoing vaccination programme. This is a precautionary measure until the Technical Committee has had a chance to complete the review and are able to make evidence-based recommendations on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.