Although we all have to take the COVID-19 vaccination sooner or later to kill off the pandemic once and for all, we know that it could be a pretty nerve-racking experience.
Don't worry, the government has got you covered.
Special financial aid
The government has set aside RM10 million to compensate COVID-19 vaccine receivers who suffer adverse reaction to it.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that individuals who require extended hospitalisation due to the vaccine will be entitled to RM50,000 and if this results in permanent disability or death, the individual (or family) will be receive RM500,000 in compensation.
The financial aid would be paid by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).
“The special aid, named Special Financial Aid for Severe Adverse COVID-19 Effects, is a collective effort by the government to assist those who suffer from adverse effects after taking the Covid-19 vaccine,” Dr Adham said in a press conference.
He added that the Health Ministry has formed three task forces to monitor and evaluate any adverse effect following COVID-19 vaccination and other safety aspects.
Despite setting up the special fund, this doesn't mean that the government is not confident about the safety of the vaccine.
On the contrary, Science, Technology and Innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was also present at the press conference, assured that this showed the government's confidence in it.
So far, Malaysia has inoculated more than 430,000 people; mostly front liners and politicians.
Dr Adham had said that the government has recorded 20 cases of adverse reaction to the vaccines, most of them with common symptoms such as itchiness, shortness of breath and palpitation.
Thankfully, no deaths have been recorded so far.
Just a reminder, the vaccines imported to Malaysia is being used in many parts of the world and seem to be mostly safe so far. If you have any doubts, please consult with a medical professional for clarifications.