Here is the latest COVID-19 vaccine plan for Malaysia, as announced by the Ministry of Health.
We will keep this article updated over time, so check back for more updates!
Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Five Vaccines Purchased So Far
Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase five vaccines in 2021 :
- 31.9 million doses of COMIRNATY vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
- 24 million doses of CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Biotech
- 6.4 million doses of AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
- 6.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute
- 3.5 million doses of Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics
That is enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunise up to 37.85 million people – roughly 118% of the adult population in Malaysia.
This does not mean that there are excess vaccine doses, because Malaysia has also committed to vaccinating foreign residents in Malaysia.
And there will come a time when children may also be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : How To Register?
There are FIVE (5) ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine plan :
- The MySejahtera app.
- The Vaksin COVID website.
- The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
- Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
- House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.
Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.
Manual registration at private and public clinics, as well as health offices, started on 5 April 2021.
Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Phase 2 In Progress!
On 12 April 2021, JKJAV approved the Sinovac vaccine for use in people aged 60 years and above.
On 27 May 2021, JKJAV decided to reintroduce AstraZeneca to the main vaccination programme, after making it optional.
Those selected will be notified by MySejahtera and/or SMS, and given 48 hours to accept their appointments, failing which they will be rescheduled.
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COVID-19 Vaccine : How To Register / Remove Dependents?
Here is our video guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination for your dependents using MySejahtera.
It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.
Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.
If you wish to remove your vaccine dependent, you can follow our guide here.
How To Arrange For Joint Vaccine Appointments?
You are allowed to apply for joint vaccine appointments.
All you have to do is call 1800-888-828 to make that request, once you receive the first appointment.
JKJAV will respond within 48 hours. But please DO NOT go the vaccination centre, without the updated appointments.
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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : What’s The Process?
On the day of your COVID-19 vaccination, please go through this “checklist” before heading to the vaccination centre :
- Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
- Have a good meal and drink some water.
- Make sure you do not have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
- Bring your smartphone with MySejahtera installed, and your identification – MyKad or passport.
- If you have medications for your pre-existing conditions, please bring them too.
- Bring your own pen, and something stiff to write on.
- Make sure you wear a face mask when you leave your house.
- Please DO NOT take painkillers before your vaccination!
The COVID-19 vaccination process is very easy, as the video below demonstrates.
But if you are worried, you can check out our detailed step-by-step explanation of the vaccination process.
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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : Check The Dose!
There have been a few cases where vaccine recipients have been given less than the recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In other cases, it is likely that the vaccine recipients misread the volume of LDV syringes, which are different from regular syringes.
To avoid such misunderstandings, healthcare workers are now asked to show the vaccine recipient the pre-filled syringes before vaccination, and the empty syringe after vaccination.
LDV syringes though, have a special long rubber plunger – the black part. Most people misread it by looking at the tip of this long plunger.
It should be read from the first ring of the LDV plunger, as the picture below shows.
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AstraZeneca Vaccine : No Longer Optional!
Due to bad publicity and viral fake news on social media, the government took the AstraZeneca vaccine off the mainstream vaccination programme.
It was made available at special vaccination centres, to anyone aged 18 or older who wishes to accept it voluntarily.
The government also announced that the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be set at 12 weeks, instead of 4 weeks.
However, you can ask for an earlier second dose, if you need to travel for work or study.
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How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera
MySejahtera allows you to report side effects, but the option isn’t readily apparent.
So here’s our video guide on how to report vaccine effects in MySejahtera.
It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.
Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the report, to correct for mistakes or update it.
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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge
Those who successfully completed their COVID-19 vaccination will receive :
- an electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate in MySejahtera
- a physical My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge
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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund : Up To RM500K!
Officially called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vakin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), this COVID-19 vaccine injury fund will pay out :
- RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
- RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine
It will receive an initial funding of RM 10 million (US$2.5 million) under the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund.
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Private COVID-19 Vaccines : Free + Paid Options Coming!
The vaccines are currently administered at 600 locations across the country, that consist of :
- Ministry of Health healthcare facilities
- Ministry of Defence facilities
- University hospitals
On 29 March 2021, Malaysia announced that the free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at private clinics and hospitals starting 19 April 2021.
As of 12 April 2021, over 2300 private clinics have registered to take part in the vaccination programme. The 203 private hospitals in Malaysia could follow suit.
Private hospitals could be allowed to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines in Q3 or Q4 2021.
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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases
The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.
Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021
Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :
- Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
- Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).
* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.
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Phase 2 : 19 April – August 2021
Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :
- Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
- Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or older, disabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension
This phase kicks off on 19 April 2021, with eligible recipients being notified as early as 5 April 2021.
Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022
Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :
- adults 18 years or older
– prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones
This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine : FREE For ALL Citizens + Foreign Residents
The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided FREE for all Malaysian citizens, as well as foreign residents.
Registration for domestic helpers (maids) started on 19 March 2021.
On top of that, vulnerable foreigners will be included in Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Plan For Malaysia : Both Doses Reserved
On 13 February 2021, Dr. Kalaiarasu Periasamy, the Director of the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) announced the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s “One Dose Injected, One Dose Reserved” strategy.
Two doses will be reserved for each person, with the second dose administered 21 days after the first dose, as recommended by Pfizer and BioNTech.
The second dose for the Sinovac vaccine will be administered 14 days after the first dose.
The second dose for the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered 12 weeks after the first dose.
When you arrive to a vaccination centre, you will be registered for both doses. You will be given a vaccination card, and registered in the MySejahtera app as well.
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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Path To 80% Coverage
Malaysia originally aimed to achieve vaccination coverage of 82.8% of the adult population, approximately 26.5 million people.
But in their 5 February 2021 update, the Ministry of Health now aim to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.
If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.
Path To 80% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage
This is what the COVID-19 vaccine supply will be like for the adult population in Malaysia :
- 46.4% will receive the COMIRNATY vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
- 34.9% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Biotech
- 9.3% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
- 9.3% will receive the Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.
Why So Many Vaccines?
According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.
We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.
It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.
The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.
While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for poor optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotspots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
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