The cabinet has decided that foreign nationals living in Malaysia will get the corona vaccine free of cost under the national immunization program. This will include diplomats, expatriates, students, foreign spouses and children, foreign workers and UNHCR cardholders.
Confirming the matter, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in a Twitter message that the cabinet had agreed in principle to provide free vaccines to unregistered foreigners. The authorities in charge will discuss further how this can be implemented. We will reach out to the state government, foreign embassies and NGOs for assistance.
He added that Malaysians would be given priority first and details on how foreigners would be vaccinated would be announced later. It was decided to provide it free of cost, as the supply of the Covid-19 vaccine obtained from Malaysia is sufficient.
Malaysia’s Coroner Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Committee said in a statement to the media on Thursday that Malaysians would be given priority in receiving the vaccine. However, the decision to include foreigners in vaccination is the key to the success of this program.