PETALING JAYA: A “consent form” for Covid-19 vaccination that has recently gone viral is not the final version of the document, the Health Ministry has clarified.
Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah said the “consent form” that has been circulating on social media is not the final version that will be used during the countrys vaccination programme.
The Health Ministry wishes to inform that the final consent form for the Covid-19 vaccine will be distributed to recipients in the nearest time period, starting with those in the first phase.
Members of the public are reminded not to spread inaccurate information that could instigate unrest among people, he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 18).
Noor Hisham added that as Malaysias vaccination exercise is not mandatory, the consent form will be given out to recipients to indicate that they are receiving the vaccines voluntarily.
Those receiving the vaccine do so through the opt in method, where recipients who agree to it must sign the consent form.
The contents of the form are to ensure that the vaccine recipients understand fully what is being read or explained by the healthcare workers regarding the benefits and risks of the vaccination, he said.
He reiterated that the vaccines that Malaysia are procuring will be first assessed by the National Regulatory Pharmaceutical Agency for their quality, effectiveness and safety.
He added that based on initial reports from countries that have implemented the vaccination programme, these vaccines are safe for use.