Bringing a glimmer of hope for better days to come, Malaysia has received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech on 21 February 2021. Flown in on Malaysia Airlines' Airbus A330-300, the first batch has 312,930 doses and Malaysia is scheduled to receive a total of 12.8 million doses from Pfizer-BioNTech. While more COVID-19 vaccines are coming to the country this year, you may be wondering, "How to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia via MySejahtera app?" So here's everything you need to know!
What is MySejahtera app?
MySejahtera is an app that assists the Malaysian government in managing the country's COVID-19 pandemic, helping citizens to monitor their health and getting treatments, as well as providing locations for the nearest hospitals and clinics that provide COVID-19 screening and treatment in Malaysia.
Available for free on Android and iOS, MySejahtera can be used by Malaysians and residents of Malaysia as well as system administrators in the Ministry of Health Malaysia.
How to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia via MySejahtera app?
Step 1: Update the MySejahtera app (version number 1.0.28) and click the COVID-19 Vaccination button on the home screen.
Step 2: Go to Vaccine for [your name]
Step 3: Verify your name, I/C or passport number, and MySejahtera ID. Upon confirmation, these details will be verified by the Health officials before vaccination.
Step 4: You will receive a Thank You notification after verifying your details.
Step 5: You will receive an update on the current phase of the vaccination program. Go to 'Click here' to provide additional details for your registration. The questions are as followed:
- Are you interested to take the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Do you have any comorbidities?
- Are you registered with the Department of Social Welfare Malaysia as a Disabled Person (OKU)?
- Where is your current place of residence?
Step 6: Once done, you will receive your appointment details (such as date and vaccination centre) via MySejahtera app, phone call or SMS. The vaccine rollout will be implemented in three phases, so the appointment may be set on a later date according to the phases stated in the National Immunisation Programme.
When will I receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia?
According to the National Immunisation Programme, the vaccine rollout in Malaysia will be executed in three phases.
First phase (February to April 2021)
- Target: 500,000 people
- Priority group 1: Frontliners comprising of public and private healthcare personnel
- Priority group 2: Frontliners consisting of essential services*, defense and security personnel
- *Will be updated from time to time by JKJAV
Second phase (April to August 2021)
- Target: 9.4 million people
- Priority group 1: Remainder of healthcare workers as well as those in essential services and defense and security personnel
- Priority group 2: Senior citizens (those aged 60 and over), high-risk group with chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure and people with disabilities (OKU)*
- *The information will be reviewed periodically
Third phase (May 2021 to February 2022)
- Target: 13.7 million people
- Priority group 1: Adults above 18 years old (both Malaysians and non-Malaysians). Priority will be given to citizens residing in the red zone, followed by yellow and green zones.
Currently, the vaccine rollout will focus on individuals above 18 years old as the clinical trials for children are still under way. The Malaysian government will consider the use of COVID-19 vaccine on children once scientific data has proven the vaccines to be safe and effective for individuals aged 18 years and below.
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Where to get the latest information about COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia?
For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia, we recommend reading the National Immunisation Programme handbook (you can read the English version here) or visit Malaysia’s official COVID-19 vaccine website. Both handbook and website were released by Jawatankuasa Khas Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin COVID-19 (JKJAV), also known as the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access that’s chaired by Malaysia’s Health Ministry and the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Now that more COVID-19 vaccine are arriving to Malaysia, we hope this article will serve as a guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia via MySejahtera app. For more details, check out everything you need to know about COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia.