As you can see in the above image, around 33% of the responders are either not sure or planning to decline the vaccine. According to the survey, they are mainly afraid of the vaccine’s side effects and are doubting its effectiveness.
However, MoH didn’t release the result regarding the last question in the survey which revolved around the willingness of Malaysians to pay for their COVID-19 vaccine. While PM Muhyiddin has stated numerous times, including during last night’s new year speech, that the vaccine will be made available for free to the citizens, we have indeed yet to hear anything concrete regarding the distribution of the vaccine through private clinics and hospitals.
Then again, the national vaccination programme for COVID-19 is still under preparation and will only be presented to the Cabinet later this month. So, we do believe that things will be much more cleared once that happens.