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COVID vaccines

Malaysia weighs mandatory COVID vaccines as shots enter Phase 2

Inoculations for seniors start Monday but slow registration worries government

A medical worker prepares a dose of a vaccine for COVID-19 in Serdang, Malaysia, in March.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia is set to begin its second phase of COVID-19 vaccinations on Monday, expanding the program to 9.4 million seniors and individuals with chronic diseases.

But with the government's voluntary registration system receiving a lukewarm reception so far, officials are mulling a switch to mandatory shots if participation does not pick up soon.

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