How to register for your Covid-19 vaccination in Malaysia—and other FAQs answered
Titled 'Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme guidebook'
Things are looking a little brighter in the country. Malaysia's number of Covid-19 infections has dwindled to the 2,000 ranges; the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines (Pfizer-Biontech) is scheduled to arrive in the country on February 21, or even five days earlier, as disclosed by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today. His announcement coincides with the launch of the official website and guidebook for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Plan (NIP).
In addition, the PM said that the first rollout of Malaysia's vaccination plan will begin on February 26. "On that day, I will be the first to receive the vaccine along with medical frontliners," he said.
Malaysia is getting five types of Covid-19 vaccines: Pfizer-Biontech, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, CanSinoBio and Sputnik V. Pfizer-Biontech is the first of the five to be approved while the rest are still awaiting approval by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).
Below is a brief overview of FAQs regarding the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia:
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Plan (NIP) will take place in three phases.
PHASE 1 (February - April 2021)
Frontliners (public and private healthcare workers), frontline personnel in essential and defence services
PHASE 2 (April - August 2021)
9.4 million people
The rest of the staff in healthcare, essential and defence services; the elderly (aged 65 years and above); high-risk groups with chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure; people with disabilities (OKU)
PHASE 3 (May 2021 - February 2022)
13.7 million people (or more)
Residents aged 18 and above (citizens and non-citizens*). Priority will be given to those in the red, yellow and then green zones (in that order).
*Non-citizens include diplomats, expatriates, students, foreign spouses and children, foreign workers & UNHCR card holders.
What about children?
As the current vaccines are only clinically approved for those who are 18 years old and above, children will not be receiving the vaccinations (yet).
What if I'm pregnant?
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba has announced that pregnant women as well as nursing mothers "would not be given the shot based on a resolution of the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV)." In the same article, it was reported that since there is no clinical evidence to support the vaccine's safe usage for this category of people, it is best to skip it to avoid side effects.
Do I have to pay?
No, the vaccines are free. They are also voluntary though it is highly encouraged to receive it to help achieve the goal of forming a herd immunity.
What do I have to do?
Those who wish to participate in the immunisation programme can register via the MySejahtera app or the newly-launched VaksinCovid website.
Note: Registration is expected to take place beginning March.
Updated on 23 Feb 2021:
You can now register your "interest" to receive the Covid-19 vaccine shots via a new MySejahtera app (for both iOS and Android devices). Upon updating the app, you'll find a "Covid-19 vaccination" icon on the main screen where registration will require the following information:
- Verifying your full name
- MyKad number
- Contact number
- Responding to four questions, which includes your current residence address and comorbidities history
You may then enable notifications for future vaccination status updates, although appointment details will also be shared via a phone call or SMS.
There is no indication, however, that early registration equals to earlier access. The process is expected to officially begin in March; when the public can also register their interest via "the soon-to-launched hotline, Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee (JKJAV) official website, outreach programme at rural/interior areas, and at public and private healthcare facilities".
What will the vaccination process look like?
According to the Malay Mail, on the day of your vaccination appointment:
1) Go through temperature checks and close-contact screening
2) Confirm your identity by registering using the QR code provided
3) Receive consultation then fill up permission forms
4) Receive your first vaccination dosage
5) You'll have to remain under observation at the premises for 30 minutes
6) After that, you'll be issued a vaccination card and given an appointment date for the second dose (if applicable)
*The same procedure is expected when you go for your second appointment. Once the vaccination process (or dosage) is complete, you'll receive a Covid-19 Immunisation Certificate.
Updated on 23 Feb 2021:
In a recent article by the Malay Mail, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba was quoted saying the procedure (up till the vaccine jab) would take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, excluding the observation period.
Why do I have to register?
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin responded to naysayers with the following tweet:
What if I get side effects?
Khairy told Reuters that "Malaysia’s cabinet has also agreed to prepare a special injury scheme to compensate people who experience serious side-effects after receiving the vaccine".
Individuals will need to observe for any potential side effects on their own. If there are any, report them via the MySejahtera app, the website or head to the closest government clinic.
Can I choose which Covid-19 vaccine to receive?
How do I determine the date for my second dosage of the vaccine?
If I've been infected with Covid-19 before, do I still need to get vaccinated?
You can also find out more info via the 'Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme guidebook' which you can download via the VaksinCovid website. It covers the timeline, the impact or side effects of the vaccines, and more.