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Malaysia : COVID-19 Booster Dose To Start In October 2021!

Malaysia : COVID-19 Booster Dose To Start In October 2021!

Malaysia will start introducing a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from October 2021 onwards!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : COVID-19 Booster Dose To Start In October 2021!

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 19 September that he has asked all vaccine manufacturers to send their booster dose information to the NPRA.

He expects the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in a week or two.

Thereafter, he will announce what COVID-19 vaccine will be used, and whether it can “mixed” – a concept known as heterologous vaccination.

Read more : Malaysia : No AZ-Pfizer Heterologous Vaccination For Now

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose Only For High-Risk Groups

Once approved, the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be introduced in early October 2021, after 80% of adults have been vaccinated.

However, this booster dose will be restricted to those in these high-risk groups :

  • the elderly with co-morbidity
  • frontliners
  • people who are immunocompromised
  • those caring for the elderly

The decision on making it available for the rest of the population will be taken later.

 

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Malaysia : Senior Walk-In Vaccination Starts Nationwide!

Senior citizens can now walk-in and get their vaccination at any Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV) across the nation!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia : Senior Walk-In Vaccination To Start Nationwide!

On 2 August 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that :

  • CITF has decided to expand the walk-in vaccination programme for senior citizens to the rest of the country.
  • officially, the walk-in vaccination programme for senior citizens will kick off next week
  • some states have already started to allow senior citizens to walk-in for their vaccinations, while other states are preparing to do so
  • announcements will be made by the state CITF on when their state can start implementing the programme

This is part of the government’s effort to fully vaccinate 40% of the adult population in all states by 31 August 2021.

On 7 August 2021, CITF announced that walk-in vaccination for senior citizens are now available in :

  • Perak
  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Sabah
  • Melaka
  • Sarawak

Just like the vaccination programme for senior citizens in the Klang Valley, this walk-in vaccination programme will be limited to :

  • senior citizens age 60 years and above,
  • who have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • who have NOT received any vaccine appointment

If you have already received your vaccine appointments, please adhere to the appointment.

A smaller subset of adults can also walk-in for COVID-19 vaccination across the nation :

  • Senior citizens
  • Individuals with disabilities (OKU)
  • Individuals with comorbidities, who are 18 years or older
  • Individuals who missed their second dose *
  • Teachers, executive group and support service contract workers in educational institutions under the Ministry of Education.

Read more : Nationwide Walk-In Vaccination Details For Special Groups!

 

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Walk-In Vaccination For Seniors @ All PPVs In Klang Valley!

Senior citizens can still walk-in and get their vaccination at any Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV) in the Klang Valley!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Walk-In Vaccination For Senior Citizens In Klang Valley

Since 17 July 2021, senior citizens in KL and Selangor were allowed to walk for vaccination, if they are :

  • senior citizens age 60 years and above,
  • who have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • who have NOT received any vaccine appointment

If you have already received your vaccine appointments, please adhere to the appointment.

This is different from the walk-in vaccination programme for younger adults.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

 

KJ : Senior Citizens Can Still Walk-In For Vaccination!

On 2 August 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, clarified a few points :

  • Senior citizens are still allowed to walk-in for their vaccinations,
  • Senior citizens can walk in for their vaccinations at any PPV in the Klang Valley,
  • Senior citizens are not limited to the nine PPVs used for walk-in vaccinations by younger adults.

 

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Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

Klang Valley residents can walk-in for vaccination at selected PPVs from 2 August onwards.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

Please ignore fake news that have been circulating earlier that walk-in vaccination will be available nationwide from 1 August onwards.

Here are the details of the walk-in vaccination programme for Klang Valley, as announced by JKJAV and the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, on 31 July 2021 :

Who Can Walk In For COVID-19 Vaccination?

The walk-in vaccination will only be allowed for people who :

  • have NOT received a vaccine appointment yet, or
  • had previously cancelled their vaccine appointment, or
  • have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • are undocumented

Senior citizens who are 60 years and older, have a separate and special walk-in vaccination programme.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination For Seniors @ All PPVs In Klang Valley!

When Can You Go?

Malaysian citizens 40 years and above, or with co-morbidities : 2 to 4 August 2021
Malaysian citizens 18 years and above : 5 to 22 August 2021

Foreigners 40 years and above, or with co-morbidities : 9 to 11 August 2021
Foreigners 18 years and above : 12 to 22 August 2021

What Vaccination Centres Allow Walk-In?

Walk-in vaccination is only allowed at selected vaccination centres, from 2 PM onwards.

It will processed on a “first-come, first-served” basis”, and depend on the PPV’s capacity.

Those who are unable to receive their vaccinations on that day will be given priority for the next day.

Malaysian citizens can walk into these nine vaccination centres (PPVs) :

  1. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) : HCO F
  2. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) : HCO G
  3. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) : HCO H
  4. Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC)
  5. Hotel Wyndham, Klang
  6. Dewan TAR Sabak Bernam
  7. Dewan Komuniti Serendah
  8. Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA, Sepang
  9. Ideal Convention Centre, Shah Alam (IDCC)

Foreigners can walk into only one vaccination centre (PPV) :

  1. Bukit Jalil National Stadium

Read more : Bukit Jalil Stadium Vaccination Centre : Video + Picture Guide!

What Do You Need To Bring?

Whether you are a Malaysian citizen or a foreigner, you must bring these items.

  1. Proof of address in Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya)
    For example : address on identity card, driving licence, utility bill, credit card bill, employment card, student card, etc.
  2. People with co-morbidities : doctor’s letter or any relevant document that confirms your health condition or history.

Please note that foreigners who lack travel documents (undocumented) are ALLOWED to walk in for COVID-19 vaccination.

But please remember that you can only walk into the selected vaccination centres from 2 PM onwards.

 

Walk-In Vaccination Via Outreach Programme

JKJAV also announced the coming availability of walk-in vaccination via an outreach programme.

Here is what they announced about this outreach programme so far :

  • it will start from 9 August 2021 onwards
  • it will involve NGOs, mobile vaccination teams and other relevant agencies.
  • you will need to bring proof of residence in the Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya)
    For example : address on identity card, driving licence, utility bill, credit card bill, employment card, student card, etc.
  • If you have co-morbidities, you need to bring your doctor’s letter or any relevant document that confirms your health condition or history.

JKJAV will announce more details of this outreach programme, including date, time and locations, later.

Read more : MySejahtera Launches Digital Consent Form For Vaccination!
Read more : JKJAV : Vaccine Consent Form Now In 14 More Languages!

 

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CITF : Walk-In Vaccination Details To Be Announced LATER!

CITF just issued a statement stating that the walk-in vaccination details will be announced LATER.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Fake News : You Can Walk In For Vaccination From 1 August Onwards!

There are at least three viral messages circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that you can walk in and get vaccinated at any vaccination centre (PPV) from 1 August 2021 onwards.

I fact-checked that in my article – Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards? earlier, so we know they are fake news.

 

CITF : Walk-In Vaccination Details To Be Announced LATER!

Unfortunately, many people refused to believe those messages are false, and continued to share the fake news.

This is partly because of this 8TV video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.

So on 19 July 2021, the Malaysia COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) issued a statement to clear the air. Here is a summary :

  1. The walk-in initiative is only for those who are left out and have not received their vaccine appointments by 1 August 2021.
  2. Individuals in KL and Selangor who have already registered will be given their appointments very soon.
  3. Individuals who have not registered are encouraged to registered as soon as possible.
  4. Details of this programme will be announced later, as not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be involved.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

 

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Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Can you walk in and get your COVID-19 vaccination at any vaccination centre in Malaysia from 1 August onwards?

Take a look at the viral messages, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Two messages have gone viral and are being shared on various WhatsApp groups.

They both claim that anyone who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine can walk in and get vaccinated at any PPV, from 1 August onwards.

Important information. Please share. From Aug 1 anyone who has not received their vaccine can walk into any PPVs for their vaccination

For those who has not gotten their Vac Appointment, for Sel/KL only. Beginning 1Aug, walk in any PPV, any age.
1. MIECC Mines – Sinovac
2. PWTC- AZ
3. Sunway Pyramid CC – Pfizer
4. Uitm Seksyen 7 – sinovac
5. Uitm Puncak Alam – Sinovac

They are sometimes shared with this video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, saying that anyone can walk in for their COVID-19 vaccination from 1 August onwards.

 

Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia : The Facts

The viral messages are not accurate, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Operation Surge Capacity Runs From 26 July – 1 August

On 16 July 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced Operation Surge Capacity.

This 5-day Operation Surge Capacity aims to give the adult population in KL and Selangor at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1 August 2021.

To vaccinate the remaining 1.3 million adult population in KL and Selangor, the CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) will need to sustain 272,000 vaccinations per day.

Fact #2 : Walk-In Vaccination After Operation Surge Capacity

In a video that is often circulated with the viral message, Khairy Jamaluddin actually said that walk-in vaccination will only happen AFTER Operation Surge Capacity is completed.

So the actual date when people can walk-in and get their COVID-19 vaccination is predicated on the success of Operation Surge Capacity.

If Operation Surge Capacity is extended, then this option will likely be delayed.

Even if Operation Surge Capacity succeeds by 1 August, walk-in vaccination can only happen the next day – 2 August 2021.

So it’s best to WAIT for the official kick-off announcement, and not accept some random WhatsApp message at face value.

Fact #3 : Walk-In Vaccination Only In KL + Selangor

The first viral message also falsely suggests that anyone in Malaysia will be able to walk into any PPV to get vaccinated.

This walk-in vaccination option will only be available in KL and Selangor vaccination centres (PPVs) to “mop up anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor”.

Fact #4 : Walk-In Vaccination Also For Undocumented

Surprisingly, undocumented people in Malaysia will also be allowed to walk into any PPV in KL and Selangor to get vaccinated.

This is very good news, as it is important that EVERYONE gets vaccinated, irrespective of their status in Malaysia.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “This is so that we can ‘mop up’ anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Some people may not have been captured by the Statistics Department’s data, while there are those who are undocumented.

Fact #5 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Adults

On 17 July 2021, CITF kicked off walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens aged 60 years and above in KL and Selangor.

When they expand the walk-in programme after Operation Surge Capacity, it will be restricted to adults – those who are 18 years and above.

So the second message is WRONG in claiming that anyone of “any age” can walk into a PPV to get vaccinated.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination in KL + Selangor Kicks Off!

Fact #6 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Those Without Appointments

Another fact not mentioned by the first message – only those who do NOT have a vaccine appointment yet, will be allowed to walk into a PPV in KL or Selangor.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “Those who have already received their appointment dates are advised to stick to their appointments. Do not walk in.

Fact #7 : Sinovac Will Only Be Used For Dose 2

On 15 July 2021, Malaysia Health Minister, Adam Baba, announced that Sinovac will no longer be used for new vaccinations, and the remaining stock would be used to complete current vaccinations.

Adham Baba said, “About half of the 16 million have already been distributed, so the rest will be used to cover second doses. For those who have yet to be vaccinated, they will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Hence, the second viral message with the list of vaccination centres offering Sinovac for walk-in vaccinations is FALSE.

Fact #8 : CITF Confirmed This Fact Check

On 19 July 2021, JKJAV issued a statement by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) addressing the viral messages :

  • the walk-in programme will be updated and announced LATER
  • not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be open for walk-in vaccinations.

So there you have it – the definitive debunk of the two fake viral messages above – from JKJAV and CITF.

 

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206 IDCC Vaccination Centre Staff Positive For COVID-19!

A total of 206 staff at the IDCC vaccination centre just tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what’s going on, and what you should do if you were recently at the IDCC vaccination centre!

 

206 IDCC Vaccination Centre Staff Positive For COVID-19!

On 13 July 2021, JKJAV – the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced that the IDCC vaccination centre (PPV) will be closed for the day after two volunteers tested positive for COVID-19.

This would allow for sanitisation of the vaccination centre to be carried out. The IDCC PPV will reopen on 14 July 2021.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) immediately ordered a screening test of all other workers at the IDCC PPV.

The test was carried out on 10 July 2021, and they found that another 204 staff were positive for COVID-19, with RT-PCR CT value of 35 – meaning that they have a low viral load.

That would mean a total of 206 staff members of the IDCC PPV have tested positive for COVID-19, including the initial two cases.

National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, also shared that there are 453 workers at the IDCC PPV, of which :

  • 88% (400 people) have been vaccinated
  • 12% (53 people) have not been vaccinated

He did not reveal how many of the 206 positive cases were vaccinated. However, at least 153 of the 400 vaccinated workers would have tested positive for COVID-19 – a vaccine breakthrough rate of about 38%.

All other IDCC PPV workers will be quarantined, and replaced with a new team as a precautionary measure.

NIOSH has been ordered to monitor the ventilation in the IDCC PPV to ensure safety of people getting vaccinated going forward.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

IDCC PPV COVID-19 Exposure : What Should You Do?

CITF has determined that the risk of exposure to the infected IDCC PPV staff members started from 4 PM on 9 July 2021 until 12 July 2021.

Therefore, everyone who went for vaccination at the IDCC PPV from 4 PM on 9 July 2021 until 12 July 2021 must self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms for ten days.

Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should get tested immediately.

People who have appointments at IDCC PPV are advised to :

  • maintain COVID-19 precautions
  • maintain physical distance at all times
  • come only at the appointed time
  • go home as soon as they’re vaccinated

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : 9 Week Dose Interval In Malaysia!

Malaysia is officially changing the AstraZeneca dose interval, from 12 weeks to just 9 weeks!

Find out how it affects vaccine efficacy!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : 9 Week Dose Interval In Malaysia!

On 30 June 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the government will announce a new dose interval for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

“I will be making an announcement on the new dose interval tomorrow (Thursday, 1 July 2021).”

Just before 6 PM on 1 July 2021, he finally made the announcement :

Based on the recommendation from our Technical Working Group & with greater clarity of the delivery schedule, @JKJAVMY has decided to shorten the dosing interval for AZ from 12 to nine weeks. Those who participated in the first round of AZ will be notified of their 2nd appt soon.

This is likely due to the surge of cases caused by the highly-infectious Delta strain of COVID-19, which has been shown to infect people within seconds of close contact.

A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to offer very limited protection against the Delta variant, so it is critical for people to get their second dose quickly.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : Dose Interval Changes

The AstraZeneca vaccine was originally designed with a 21-day interval between Dose 1 and Dose 2.

However, a study published in the Lancet found that the UK approach of delaying the second dose until 12 weeks / 3 months later made the AstraZeneca vaccine more effective!

Second Dose
Interval
Efficacy After 2 Doses
(14 days after Dose 2)
< 6 Weeks 55.1%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7%
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3%

In light of the UK results, the WHO changed its advisory on the AstraZeneca vaccine, to recommend that the second dose be given 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.

That is why the Malaysian government decided to follow WHO’s advice to extend the dose interval to 12 weeks after their first dose.

The new 9 week dose interval gives a small but significant boost in efficacy over 6 weeks, and seems like a reasonable compromise between that or 12 long weeks.

Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine : Second Dose Set At 12 Weeks!

 

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Police Permit NOT Required For COVID-19 Vaccination!

We can now confirm that a police permit is NOT required for people travelling to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations!

Here are the details!

 

Why Need Police Permit For COVID-19 Vaccination???

When the Malaysian government announced the imposition of MCO restrictions on six districts in Selangor, it was announced that interstate and inter-district travel was FORBIDDEN for those districts, except for emergencies and work.

Emergencies, including seeking medical treatment and in cases of death, would require police permission as per the MCO SOP; while work would require a worker’s pass or employer’s letter.

This would mean that those who received their COVID-19 vaccination appointments in other districts, or volunteered to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine would have to request for a police permit, in order to travel to their vaccination centres!

 

Police Permit NOT Required For COVID-19 Vaccination!

Fortunately, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, quickly clarified that you do NOT need a permit from the police.

Just show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the district boundaries. This can be on MySejahtera, the COVID-19 vaccination website, or the SMS.

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : Now Optional, Could Offer A Shortcut!

The Malaysian government has just announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be taken off the mainstream vaccination programme, and made optional.

Here is what we know about this new development, and why it is a great shortcut for those who want to get vaccinated earlier!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Now Optional

In a press conference on 28 April 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine will no longer be part of the mainstream COVID-19 vaccination programme.

According to the minister, the AstraZeneca vaccine will not be offered at current COVID-19 vaccination centres.

Instead, the government will set up special COVID-19 vaccination centres, where anyone aged 18 or older can register to voluntarily receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This move came after many Malaysians were convinced by viral fake news circulating on social media that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is dangerous.

To avoid people turning up at vaccination centres and rejecting them (and wasting the vaccine doses), they decided to make it optional.

Recommended : Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Optional Registration : A Possible Shortcut?

This optional AstraZeneca vaccination programme could end up being very good news for people who are tired of the slow vaccination process.

Registering for the optional AstraZeneca vaccination will allow them to bypass the long queue in the mainstream COVID-19 vaccination programme.

As we pointed out earlier, the best COVID-19 vaccine you can choose is the first vaccine you can complete!

Trust the science, trust the data, and get vaccinated!

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Begins On 19 April!

Malaysia will start with Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on 19 April 2021!

Here are the latest details of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 1 Finishing Up

On 29 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme was ending.

Originally, they aimed to vaccinate 500,175 people in Phase 1, but that was expanded to 647,398 people.

  • Awaiting vaccination : 66,633
  • First dose administered : 451,655
  • Both doses administered : 129,110

He said that the remaining participants in Phase 1 will receive their first dose in the next 2 weeks.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Begins On 19 April!

According to the minister, Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme will begin on 19 April 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 olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

Those selected for Phase 2 – in particular, senior citizens, vulnerable adults and disabled adults – will be notified of their appointments as early as 5 April through :

  • MySejahtera
  • SMS
  • Phone call

All eligible recipients will get at least two weeks’ notice in advanced of their vaccination appointments.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : 8 States First In Phase 2

Phase 2 will kick off in these 8 states first :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states will start Phase 2 vaccinations a few days later.

 

Register For Your COVID-19 Vaccination Today!

If you have not already done so, please register for your FREE COVID-19 vaccination through :

  1. The MySejahtera app – a future update will introduce a button to register for an appointment.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Recommended : How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

 

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