After the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine plan was unveiled, it was announced that vaccination would be voluntary and registration will be done via the MySejahtera app.
Here is what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccination plan for Malaysia!
Malaysia : Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Via MySejahtera
On 5 January 2020, the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary in Malaysia.
He also said that Malaysians will have to (later) register for COVID-19 vaccination through a “sign-up feature” in the MySejahtera app.
Finally, he said that the government has not yet decided whether to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to foreigners residing in Malaysia.
“We will have a meeting with the special committee in a couple of weeks.”
But the importance of vaccinating both documented and undocumented foreigners was not lost to him. He acknowledged that the more foreigners are vaccinated, the safer Malaysians will be.
“We need to vaccinate them to ensure that we and they are safe.”
Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 82.8% Coverage
Malaysia aims to achieve a vaccination coverage of 82.8%, which far exceeds the minimum 70% coverage some scientists believe is necessary to achieve herd immunity.
However, the consensus currently appears to shifting towards a higher 80% coverage for effective herd immunity against COVID-19.
In any case, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) today shared their plan to achieve their target of vaccinating 26.5 million citizens – 82.8% of the population.
Path To 82.8% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage
This KKM infographic shows how Malaysia aims to vaccinate 82.8% of the population :
- 20% will receive the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
- 10% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
- 10% will receive vaccines secured through the COVAX facility
- 22% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac BioTech.
- 10.8% will receive the Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics.
- 10% will receive the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) 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 bad optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.
What They Did Not Mention Yet…
KKM did not announce any timeline, probably because the vaccine purchase plans have not actually been finalised with signed agreements.
KKM had earlier suggested that the earliest they can start vaccinating is in April 2021, but that is only for the Pfizer vaccine.
While it is possible that Malaysia may achieve 82.8% vaccination by the end of 2021, it will take considerable effort and the availability of all six vaccines by the middle of 2021.
Even so, herd immunity of the Malaysian population is unlikely to be achieved until end of 2021, or early 2022.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe During CMCO!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :
- 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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