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Why MySJ Trace Won't Work With Bluetooth Enabled?

Why MySJ Trace Stopped Working With Bluetooth Enabled?

Many Android users recently noticed that MySJ Trace stopped working, even with Bluetooth enabled!

Find out what’s going on, and the solution to this problem!

 

MySJ Trace Stopped Working, Even With Bluetooth Enabled!

Recently, you may have noticed that MySJ Trace no longer worked, even with Bluetooth enabled!

You will be asked to setup MySJ Trace again, but clicking on the Allow button does nothing, and Bluetooth is listed as turned off, even when it is actually enabled.

 

Why MySJ Trace Stopped Working With Bluetooth Enabled

Some people assumed / claimed that it was a bug in the new MySejahtera version that allowed 5-11 year-old children to be registered for COVID-19 vaccination.

That’s not really the case. It is really because you recently updated your smartphone to Android 12. For example, many Samsung users recently received the upgrade to One UI 4, which is based on Android 12.

Google has been introducing new privacy features in every iteration of Android, limiting the amount of data apps have access to.

In earlier versions of Android, the ability to scan for nearby Bluetooth or Wi-Fi devices was tied to the Location permission. That’s why the Android version of MySejahtera requires Location permission, while the iOS version does not.

This led to (false) accusations that contact tracing apps like MySejahtera were tracking people’s movements.

Read more : Why The Government Can’t Use MySJ Trace To Track You!

To fix that problem for good, Google added two new Bluetooth permissions to Android 12 – BLUETOOTH_SCAN and BLUETOOTH_CONNECT, that are separate from the Location permission.

These two new Bluetooth permissions allow your smartphone to detect Nearby devices without the need to enable Location.

Unfortunately, this Nearby devices permission is disabled by default, so when you upgrade to Android 12, MySejahtera automatically loses the ability to check for nearby devices.

 

How To Get MySJ Trace Working Again In Android 12

Here is what you need to do to get MySJ Trace working again with Android 12 devices:

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Nearby devices option under the list of Not allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on the Allow option.

If you have already setup MySJ Trace earlier, it will now work without further action.

If you have not setup MySJ Trace, then you can read our guide on how to do that.

If you are worried about the government tracking you (fake news really), you can now disable the Location permission for MySejahtera.

Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera

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Did Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose?

Did a medical specialist called Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj die from the COVID-19 booster dose he received just 5 days ago?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Died From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

Antivaxxers have been sharing the obituary of Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj on Facebook and WhatsApp, claiming that he died from cardiac arrest after taking the COVID-19 booster dose.

Dr. Rohan took his booster shot and after 5 days had a cardiac arrest. His heart attack was a surprise to his family as there are 6 doctors in the family. He was a specialist and 36 years old.

DOCTOR DIED, 5 DAYS AFTER BOOSTER DOSE. F##K THE VACCINE. I DON’T TRUST THE VACCINE.

WHAT HAS THE HEALTH MINISTER AND THE GOVT GOT TO SAY ABOUT THIS?

SO MANY OF MY FRIEND DIED BECAUSE OF THE VACCINE. SOME SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK.

THE VACCINE IS BULLSHIT. IT’S A BLOODY KILLER. PEOPLE WAKE UP BEFORE THE VACCINE KILL YOU, NOT COVID 19.

 

Truth : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by antivaxxers, to scare people into not protecting themselves against COVID-19.

I cannot express how angry I am at these antivaxxers who stoop so low as to create fake news about someone who just died. They have no shame.

My deepest condolences to Dr. Rohan’s family, for their loss and this unwarranted abuse of his memory.

Fact #1 : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Had His Booster Dose Months Ago

As a medical professional and healthcare worker, Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj would have received his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose months ago, not 5 days ago.

Malaysia first approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as a booster dose back in October 2021, and started giving it to frontliners and vulnerable people.

Dr. Rohan would have received his Pfizer booster dose in October or November 2021, together with other healthcare professionals.

After all, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) opened up booster dose vaccinations to all adults by 24 November, and made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to get a booster dose on 16 December 2021.

He certainly did NOT get his booster dose just 5 days ago.

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia

Fact #2 : One Of The Fake News Creators Apologised

The earliest example of this fake news can be traced to a Mr. K, who has since apologised for his post on Facebook.

Please don’t be like Mr. K. Stop creating and/or sharing fake news!

I would like to unconditionally apologize for my posting on Dr Rohan just now ,I was informed it was not true, as the late Dr Rohan received his booster shot 3-4 months ago .I am sincerely sorry and for those who have shared the posting kindly remove it and inform your friends to not share the same.

Fact #3 : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Was A Post-Grad Student

The fake news creators are not aware of how much time and effort it takes for doctors to study and become specialists.

Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj was a third year MMed (Neurosurgery) post-graduate student at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

He was not yet a specialist, even though he had already spent years studying and training to be one.

Fact #4 : Cardiac Arrest Is Not Heart Attack

The fake news creators are confusing cardiac arrest with heart attack. They are two completely different heart problems.

Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart, that causes an irregular heartbeat or even stops the heart from pumping completely. Victims will immediately collapse unconscious, and may not breathe or have a pulse.

A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is caused by a sudden loss of circulation to the heart. The heart doesn’t stop beating, but its muscles will slowly die from the lack of oxygen.

Fact #5 : Cardiac Arrest + Heart Attack Are Not Myocarditis

To be clear – both cardiac arrest and heart attack are not related to myocarditis – a rare but known side effect of COVID-19 vaccines based on mRNA technology.

Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, with victims complaining of chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding / fast-beating heart.

Vaccine myocarditis is mainly a risk factor for young men below the age of 30. It also occurs soon after vaccination, not months later.

Fact #6 : Much Higher Risk Of Myocarditis From COVID-19!

Just in case you are worried about the risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines, you should know that you can get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection too.

In fact, the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is MUCH HIGHER than the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Using data from the new SAFECOVAC study, here is the extrapolated risk of myocarditis for people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

It is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!

 

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SAFECOVAC: Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

The new SAFECOVAC study showed that there is less than one in a million risk of getting myocarditis from any of COVID-19 vaccine used in Malaysia!

Take a look at the results for yourself!

 

SAFECOVAC : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Study In Malaysia

SAFECOVAC is a vaccine safety study (NMRR-21-822-59745) conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) under the National Institutes of Health, Malaysia.

The study reviewed data from 433,674 hospital admissions from 216 public and private hospitals between February and September 2021, and found that :

  • a total of 25 myocarditis events were observed within 21 days of COVID-19 vaccination
  • 14 myocarditis events were related to the Pfizer COMIRNARTY vaccine
  • 9 myocarditis events were related to the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine
  • 2 myocarditis events were related to the AstraZeneca vaccine

Let me break down the data they just shared, and tell you what they really mean!

 

Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Is Less Than 1 In Million!

On 16 January 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health shared some preliminary data from the SAFECOVAC study, which I summarised in this table :

Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

In other words, the risk of getting vaccine-induced myocarditis is only :

  • Pfizer : 1 in every 1.11 million doses
  • AstraZeneca : 1 in every 1.43 million doses
  • Sinovac : 1 in every 2 million doses

As you can tell, that is not only a very low risk. But what you may not know is how it compares to the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infections.

So let’s take the SAFECOVAC data, and extrapolate the risk of myocarditis from people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.

Look at the results! If you are worried about myocarditis, you should definitely want to AVOID getting infected with COVID-19.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

No matter how you slice and dice the results, it is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!

 

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Walk-In Vaccine Booster Dose Details For Senior Citizens!

Senior citizens in Malaysia will soon be able to walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Walk-In Vaccine Booster Dose Details For Senior Citizens!

On 17 January 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that they will soon allow senior citizens to walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose at vaccination centres (PPVs).

Who Qualifies To Walk-In?

Senior citizens who are 60 years or older, who have completed the primary series COVID-19 vaccinations at least 3 months ago, qualify for the booster dose.

They will be allowed to walk-in for their COVID-19 booster dose vaccination at selected PPVs, if they have not received their appointments, or have already missed them.

Mega PPVs : From 19 January 2022 Onwards

On 15 January 2022, KKM started four mega PPVs to speed up booster dose vaccinations in the Klang Valley :

At that time, they stated that these four mega PPVs would strictly vaccinate only people with MySejahtera appointments, and would not allow walk-ins.

That changes on Wednesday, 19 January 2022 when they start allowing senior citizens to walk-in for their booster dose vaccination.

Mega PPV Location Walk-In Time
(Every Day Except Public Holidays)
World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur
(WTCKL)
2 PM until 8 PM
Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil
Ideal Convention Centre, Shah Alam
Soka Gakkai, Klang 12 PM until 4 PM

Offsite PPVs : From 24 January 2022 Onwards

From Monday, 24 January 2022 onwards, offsite PPVs in these states will start offering walk-in booster dose vaccination for senior citizens :

  • Klang Valley – Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya,
  • Negeri Sembilan,
  • Melaka
  • Penang
  • Sarawak

Unfortunately, KKM did not provide a list of participating offsite PPVs. This will be announced later by the ProtectHealth Corporation.

 

Walk-In Booster Dose For Senior Citizens : What To Prepare?

Here is the official checklist of what you need to do BEFORE going to get your COVID-19 booster dose at a mega PPV or offsite PPV :

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Eat breakfast or lunch before going to the PPV
  3. Be in good health, with no symptoms
  4. Wear suitable and comfortable clothes
  5. Wear a face mask
  6. Bring your identity card / document (e.g. passport)
  7. Bring your vaccination card as proof of completed primary vaccination, if you don’t have MySejahtera
  8. Make sure you are not required to be under quarantine!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

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Four Mega PPVs To Offer Booster Dose In Klang Valley!

Four mega PPVs will start offering booster dose vaccinations in Klang Valley starting 15 January 2022!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Four Mega PPVs To Offer Booster Dose In Klang Valley!

To speed up COVID-19 vaccine booster dose vaccinations, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is opening up four mega PPVs in the Klang Valley.

From 15 January 2022 onwards, these four mega PPVs (vaccination centres) will start offering booster dose vaccinations at greatly increased rates :

Location Operation Hours Remarks
World Trade Centre KL
(WTCKL)
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Appointment via
MySejahtera only
No Walk-In!
Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil
Ideal Convention Centre,
Shah Alam
Soka Gakkai, Klang
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The mega PPVs are only vaccinating people who received their appointments via MySejahtera, so please CHECK your MySejahtera app for your booster dose appointments.

 

Getting Booster Dose At Klang Valley Mega PPVs : What To Prepare?

Here is the official checklist of what you need to do BEFORE getting a booster dose at a mega PPV :

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Eat breakfast or lunch before going to the PPV
  3. Be in good health, with no symptoms
  4. Wear suitable and comfortable clothes
  5. Wear a face mask
  6. Bring your identity card / document (e.g. passport)
  7. Bring your vaccination card as proof of completed primary vaccination, if you don’t have MySejahtera
  8. Make sure you are not required to be under quarantine!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

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MySJ Trace : Frequently Asked Questions + Answers!

The new MySJ Trace feature has raised many questions, and here are the answers to your frequently asked questions!

 

MySJ Trace : Frequently Asked Questions + Answers!

Ever since the MySejahtera team launched the MySJ Trace feature, many questions were raised by people over its security, privacy, and usability.

So with help from Dr. Mahesh Appannan, the Head of Data at the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM), here are the answers to some of your frequently asked questions about MySJ Trace!

These answers supplement the original frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the MySJ Trace feature, which you can read in the next section.

Question #1 : Why Does MySJ Lists Interactions Even At Home?

The interactions refers to Bluetooth devices (with MySJ Trace enabled) that your MySejahtera app detected.

MySJ Trace can detect Bluetooth signals from as far as 10 metres away, but can be reduced by barriers (walls, your body, other electronics, etc.)

It will not only detect the smartphones of your family members (with MySJ Trace enabled), but also your neighbours, who can be in the floor above, below, or next to your home.

There is nothing to worry about these “interactions”. It just means you came within 10 metres of people who have MySJ Trace enabled.

Question #2 : Does Interactions Mean Casual / Close Contacts?

No, not all interactions are flagged as casual / close contacts, if you become COVID-19 positive.

The algorithm takes into account the signal strength (RSSI – Received Signal Strength Indicator) that your phone detects, and your exposure time.

The parameters used to classify casual or close contacts are refined over time for maximum accuracy. For example, if the Omicron variant becomes widespread, the exposure time will be shortened, and the distance extended, for someone to be considered a casual / close contact.

Question #3 : Why Do People In The Same Family Have Different Number Of Interactions?

Even if your family goes out together, you may all have different number of interactions, because it depends on a variety of facts :

  • your individual proximity to other people,
  • anything that blocks Bluetooth signals – their bodies, other electronics, electronic keys, etc.
  • whether you are holding the phone, or it is in your pocket, etc.

Question #4 : Does MySJ Trace Transmit My Data With Each Interaction?

No. There is no handshake or exchange of information with each interaction.

MySJ Trace detects the Bluetooth signal of other phones, and logs when that “interaction” occurred, and the signal strength.

It’s like listening to the radio – the broadcaster does not receive anything in return.

Question #5 : Does MySJ Trace Transmit My Data?

No. MySJ Trace stores all of the recorded data in your phone, and does not automatically upload it.

Only if you are COVID-19 positive, are you asked to upload your contact history for the last 14 days, so that people who were your close contact can be notified.

MySJ Trace requires your explicit consent to transmit your data to the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Question #6 : How Long Does MySJ Trace Store Data?

MySJ Trace only stores data for the last 14 days, on a First-In, First-Out basis.

All data older than the most recent 14 days are automatically purged.

Question #7 : Why Do You Still Need To Check In Using QR Code?

First – not everyone is using MySJ Trace, so there still needs to be an alternative contact tracing method.

The QR code check-in function also gives KKM data to undertake faster contact tracing, especially involving a major cluster.

Question #8 : What’s The Difference Between MySJ Trace And QR Code Check-In?

MySJ Trace allows for automatic contact tracing, while QR code check-in gives KKM critical data. In addition :

  • MySJ Trace algorithm is based on time and distance (Bluetooth signal strength), while
  • Check-In algorithm is based only on time

Question #9 : Does MySJ Trace Use A Lot Of Battery Power?

MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which consumes significantly lower power than standard Bluetooth wireless communications. The impact on battery life is minimal.

Question #10 : Why Does MySJ Trace Not Use Exposure Notification By Google / Apple?

By Google and Apple standards, an Exposure Notification (EN) app must maintain user anonymity, and record proximity data anonymously. It cannot contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

The MySejahtera app necessarily contains your identity, vaccination status and certificates, and so on. Therefore, it cannot comply with Google and Apple’s requirements for an Exposure Notification app.

 

MySJ Trace : Official Answers To Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the official answers to the MySJ Trace frequently-asked questions (FAQ):

1. What is MySJ Trace?

MySJ Trace is a contact tracing application developed by the Government of Malaysia.

It adopts a community-driven approach where participating devices exchange proximity information whenever an app detects another device with MySJ Trace app installed.

This application allows the identification of people who were in close proximity to COVID-19 infected individual

2. What is the difference between MySJ Trace and MySejahtera?

MySejahtera & MySJ Trace are used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia.

MySejahtera allows users to perform quick health-self assessment and for the Ministry of Health (MOH) to monitor users’ health condition and take immediate actions in providing treatments.

Meanwhile, MySJ Trace further complements MySejahtera by detecting and tracing the individuals who are in close contact with the COVID-19 positive patients.

Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

3. Who developed MySJ Trace?

MySJ Trace was developed through a strategic cooperation between government agencies of Malaysia :

  • Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
  • Ministry of Health (KKM)
  • Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU)
  • Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS)

4. Who are the users of MySJ Trace?

All Malaysian citizens and residents of Malaysia.

5. Where can I download MySJ Trace?

Users only need to update the MySejahtera application to the latest version.

6. How does MySJ Trace function?

MySJ Trace enables participating devices to exchange proximity information whenever the app detects another device with the same app installed. Data collected will be stored and processed only by the MOH officers.

When a user is identified to be COVID-19 positive, the user will initiate a process to upload the data from the user’s smartphone to a secured database managed by the MOH.

7. What is contact tracing?

Contact tracing is an identification process of individuals who may have come into close contact with an infected COVID-19 patient.

It enables the MOH to further trace and contact the individuals and organize a follow-up action.

8. If I have been identified as a close contact, how will I be contacted?

The user will receive an SMS, and a notification in the MySejahtera app.

9. What data are collected by MySJ Trace?

Only these data are collected :

  • Unique User ID (UUID) that is created by the MySejahtera app.
  • Operating system version (Android or iOS)
  • Time of contact
  • Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)

10. Are my personal information that is stored in the app safe?

MySejahtera and MySJ Trace are owned and operated entirely by the Malaysian government. The government guarantees that all information collected and used in the app comply with the information security standards of the government of Malaysia.

11. Does MySJ Trace require Internet connectivity after activation?

Yes, Internet connectivity is required when you first update the MySejahtera app, and during the data uploading process.

12. What devices support MySJ Trace?

MySJ Trace is supported by smartphones that use the Android or iOS operating systems :

  • Android : Version 8.0 and above
    – Non-sleep mode must be set, so MySJ Trace will remain active in both foreground and background modes.
  • iOS : Version 10 and above
    – The phone must be active at all times while the app needs to be in the foreground mode.

13. Must Bluetooth be activated at all times?

Yes, Bluetooth must be activated at all times for MySJ Trace to work properly.

14. Will Bluetooth usage cause high battery usage?

Unlike using Bluetooth to stream music or to a wireless headphone continuously, MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth to only transmit its presence periodically. As such, it uses significantly less power.

15. Will the app use significant battery power if MySJ Trace is left running all the time?

MySJ Trace uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to minimise battery usage. Therefore, the app does not use significant amounts of battery power to collect persistent contact tracing information.

16. Will MySJ Trace Bluetooth usage affect my other Bluetooth accessories?

MySJ Trace does not affect the use or performance of other Bluetooth accessories like wireless speakers, wireless earphones or headphones, or smartwatches.

17. Why must I allow location permission for the Android version?

Android requires location permission to be granted for any app to access Bluetooth features. However, geolocation data will not be collected.

For iOS, only the Bluetooth function needs to be enabled.

 

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MySJ Trace : Should You Enable Or Disable?

Should you enable the new MySJ Trace feature in MySejahtera, or should you disable it?

Let’s take a look at people’s deepest fears about MySJ Trace, and find out what the facts really are!

 

MySJ Trace : Should You Enable Or Disable?

MySejahtera just introduced a new MySJ Trace feature, which uses Bluetooth technology to track your close contacts.

The proximity data it collects allows Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to accurately determine if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

KKM has been strongly urging people to turn it on, but many people are offering conflicting advice on whether to enable or disable it.

Let’s take at what people are saying, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Should You Enable MySJ Trace?

There are several good reasons to enable MySJ in MySejahtera :

  1. MySJ Trace allows for more accurate contact tracing. If you test positive for COVID-19, the data it collects lets KKM accurately identify your close contacts, and inform them.
  2. MySJ Trace automatically tracks your close contacts. All you have to do is turn it on, and forget about it.
  3. MySJ Trace removes the need to manually check out from locations, which was tedious and easy to forget.
  4. Those who use MySJ Trace will avoid being wrongly identified as casual or close contacts, due to the inaccuracy of using check-in and check-out times.

MySJ Trace gets more accurate and more useful, when more people use it. So KKM is strongly encouraging everyone to use it.

Plus, when enough people start using it, we will all enjoy an additional benefit :

  1. When enough people use MySJ Trace, we will no longer need to check-in at every location!

Read more : What You Need To Know About The New MySJ Trace Feature!
Read more : MySJ Trace : Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions!

 

Should You Disable MySJ Trace?

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people are disabling MySJ Trace, and see what the facts really are!

Claim #1 : Government Uses MySJ Trace To Track Our Movements
Verdict : False

People are falsely claiming that the Malaysian government will use MySJ Trace to track our movements.

The truth is MySJ Trace does not record or collect geolocation data, so it cannot possibly track your movements.

MySJ Trace also does not transmit data, unless we consent. In fact, we are only asked to transmit MySJ Trace data if we test positive for COVID-19.

Claim #2 : MySJ Trace Not Useful Because No One Is Using It
Verdict : False

Some people are discouraging people from using MySJ Trace because “not many people are using it yet“.

Switching to MySJ Trace immediately helps you by removing the need to check-out of locations. Isn’t that useful?

For healthcare professionals who need to quickly and accurately trace close contacts of infected individuals, MySJ Trace works better when more people use it, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely useless when few people use it.

Claim #3 : Old Check-In, Check-Out System Is More Accurate
Verdict : False

Some people claim that the old method of checking in and out of locations is more accurate than MySJ Trace.

That may be true in the early days, when very few people are using it, but that is no longe true once many of your close contacts are using it.

MySJ Trace not only automatically determines who comes into close contact with you, it also logs how long they are in close contact, and their proximity (distance) to you.

The manual check-in and check-out system is unable to determine time of contact, and distance of contact; and can easily lead to false positives – people wrongly identified as casual or close contacts.

Claim #4 : MySJ Trace Uses A Lot Of Battery Life
Verdict : False

This is a real concern for many people as MySJ Trace requires Bluetooth to be turned on all the time. However, it uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology, which uses very little power.

I had earlier tested MySJ Trace on an old Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone, and did not notice any noticeable drain on its battery life.

For people who have strong concerns over this aspect, it is possible to temporarily turn off MySJ Trace while you are at home, and only turn it on when you go out.

Claim #5 : Bluetooth Increases Risk Of Hacking
Verdict : Misleading

It is possible for criminals to hack your smartphone using Bluetooth, and it is good cybersecurity practice to turn off wireless connections that you are not using.

However, it is far more difficult to hack you through your Bluetooth connection, than your Wi-Fi connection.

After all, Bluetooth only has a range of 10 metres! The hacker will have to remain in close proximity to hack you.

Claim #6 : Hackers Can Grab Our Personal Information
Verdict : False

Some people are claiming that hackers can hack into MySJ Trace and use it to trawl for personal information of people nearby.

That’s nonsense, because MySJ Trace will only record the following information :

  • Unique User ID (UUID) that is created by the MySejahtera app.
  • Operating system version (Android or iOS)
  • Time of contact
  • Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)

There is no personal information that would be useful to hackers, even if they grab these information.

The UUID, for example, is useless as an identification number without access to the KKM database of MySejahtera users and their personal information.

Claim #7 : MySJ Trace Continuously Uses Internet Data
Verdict : False

Some people are falsely claiming that MySJ Trace continuously uses Internet data, which is extremely limited for some users.

That’s not true. MySJ Trace does not require Internet connectivity, except :

  • when you first download and install MySejahtera,
  • whenever you update MySejahtera
  • when you consent to upload your MySJ Trace data to KKM

Since those are all optional, you can do it when you have access to a Wi-Fi network. You can use MySJ Trace without mobile Internet.

I hope that clarifies the reasons why you should enable or disable MySJ Trace. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask us.

Meanwhile, I hope you can share this article with your family and friends, and encourage them to turn on MySJ Trace.

 

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Malaysia Approves CanSino Vaccine Booster Dose!

Malaysia has officially approved the CanSino Convidecia vaccine as a booster dose!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves CanSino Vaccine Booster Dose!

On 6 January 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) has agreed to conditionally approve the CanSino Convidecia vaccine as a booster dose!

  1. Convidecia Recombinant Novel Coronavirus Vaccine (Adenovirus Type 5 Vector)
    Registrant : Solution Biologics Sdn. Bhd.
    Manufacturer : CanSino Biologics Inc, China

The CanSino Convidecia booster dose is now allowed to be given to individuals 18 years and older, after 3 to 6 months from getting the single-dose vaccine.

 

CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : A Quick Primer

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine works similarly to other viral vector vaccines, like the AstraZeneca AZD1222 and Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccines.

It uses a modified Ad5 virus containing the DNA instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike, which are then created by your own cells and presented on their surfaces.

These “foreign” protein spikes triggers the body’s immune system, which then makes antigens to target these spikes.

The Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so its booster dose is its “second” dose. It works by triggering the immune system a second time, greatly boosting the amount of antibodies.

Recommended : CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : What You Need To Know!

 

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Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Children!

Malaysia has officially approved two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine formulations for children!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Children!

On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially authorised the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

The Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin immediately said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children.

On 6 January 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) has agreed to conditionally approve these two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine formulations for children :

  1. COMIRNATY 10mcg Concentrate for Dispersion for Injection
    This is COMIRNATY vaccine for children 5 to 11 years in age. This formulation has a lower dosage, compared to the COMIRNATY vaccine given to individuals 12 years and older.
  2. COMIRNATY (Tris/Sucrose) 30mcg Solution for Injection
    This is the COMIRNATY vaccine with a new formulation that does not require dilution before administration, and has a longer lifespan of 10 weeks (compared to the current formulation at 1 month), when storage at between 2 ºC and 8 ºC after defrosting.
    This formulation is for the COVID-19 immunisation of individuals who are 12 years and older.

Note : Tris / Tromethamine is used in both new formulations, for longer storage at normal fridge temperatures. The second formulation is used for adults, as well as children 12 years and older.

Read more : Did Pfizer Add Heart Attack Drug To COVID Vaccine For Kids?

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids In Malaysia : Should You Take It?

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.

It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

 

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How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera : Ver. 4.0

Here is our UPDATED video + pictorial guide on how to ENABLE and DISABLE MySJ Trace in MySejahtera!

Updated @ 2022-01-06 : Added two solutions for people who cannot enable MySJ Trace.

Updated @ 2022-01-02 : Added a new method on disabling MySJ Trace, and a new video guide.
Updated @ 2021-12-30 : Added two methods on disabling MySJ Trace, and a new video guide.
Originally posted @ 2021-12-29

 

Why Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is a new MySejahtera feature, which allows for more accurate contact tracing, and removes the need to manually check out from locations.

Once enabled, your phone will use Bluetooth to communicate with other phones that have MySJ Trace enabled, to determine the distance and length of contact. This eliminates the need to manually check-out.

The proximity data it collects allows Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to accurately determine if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

Obviously, this feature only works if everyone has MySJ Trace enabled, so please enable it!

Read more : What You Need To Know About The New MySJ Trace Feature!
Read more : MySJ Trace : Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions!

 

Why Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Some people are worried that the government is using MySJ Trace to track their movements, but that’s really not possible.

Others are worried about the battery life that the persistent Bluetooth connection will consume. As it uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, the power consumption is very low.

Even so, the battery consumption is a valid concern for some users, especially those who are using smartphones with very small or ageing batteries.

However, I highly recommend you try MySJ Trace before turning it off and on like that. From my personal experience, it really uses very little power.

Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

 

How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera!

I created this video to show you how to enable and disable MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

Note : This is the extended version, which includes the method to permanently disable MySJ Trace.

For those who prefer a step-by-step guide with pictures, please skip to the next section.

 

How To Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is (currently) NOT mandatory and is an opt-in feature, so you actually have to manually enable it, if you want to participate.

Step 1 : Update to the MySejahtera version that has MySJ Trace.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and you will see a black MySJ Trace section in the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on Setup MySJ Trace to begin the setup process.

Step 4 : Tap on the Start button in the initial explainer screen.

Step 5 : Tap the I agree button to consent to give your “interaction information” for the past 14 days to the Malaysia Ministry of Health for “contact tracing purposes”.

Step 6 : In the App Permissions screen, tap on the Allow button.

Step 7 : First, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to access your smartphone’s location. Tap on While using the app.

Step 8 : Next, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to detect your location all the time. Tap on Allow all the time.

Step 9 : Now, you will be asked to enable Bluetooth, if it is not already enabled.

Step 10 : Once all necessary permissions have been enabled, just tap on the Close button.

That’s it! You have now activated MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

 

What If You Can’t Enable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Quite a few people have reported to us that tapping on the Allow button doesn’t do anything (Step 6). Here are some solutions…

iOS Devices : Manually Turn On Bluetooth

In your iOS device, there are two ways to turn on Bluetooth :

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, and tap on the toggle to turn it on
  2. Pull down the Notification Center, and tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

After turning on Bluetooth manually, set up MySJ Trace again from Step 3. It should now work.

Android Devices : Manually Turn On Bluetooth + Location

In your Android device, there are two ways to turn on Bluetooth :

  1. Go to Settings > Connections, and tap on the Bluetooth toggle to turn it on
  2. Pull down the notification tray, and tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

After turning on Bluetooth manually, you should also manually enable Location permission :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Location option under the list of Allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow All the time.

After this, set up MySJ Trace again from Step 3. It should now work.

 

How To Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera?

Quickly + Temporarily Disable MySJ Trace

MySejahtera does not offer any option to turn off MySJ Trace once you set it up, but if you prefer to turn off MySJ Trace to “protect your privacy“, or to save a little power, there is an easy way to do it.

All you have to do is disable Bluetooth connectivity, and MySJ Trace is immediately disabled. That’s because MySJ Trace relies on Bluetooth to determine your proximity to other users.

You can do that by pulling down the notification tray in your smartphone, and tapping on the active Bluetooth icon to disable it. Alternatively, you can disable it in your device settings.

Once disabled, the MySJ Trace section in the MySejahtera check-in screen will now ask you to setup again. But there is no need to set it up again.

Whenever you want to re-enable MySJ Trace, all you have to do is re-enable Bluetooth, and MySJ Trace will immediately start working again. Essentially, your smartphone’s Bluetooth connectivity now acts as a toggle for MySJ Trace.

Permanently Disable MySJ Trace

For those who want to permanently disable MySJ Trace, without disabling Bluetooth, reinstalling MySejahtera works for both Android and iOS devices. This is the only known solution for iOS devices.

Android devices, on the other hand, have two alternatives – disabling location permission, or clearing app data.

Option A : Disable Location Permission

Here are the steps to disable Location Permission for MySejahtera in your Android device :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Permissions.

Step 2 : Tap on the Location option under the list of Allowed permissions.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow only while using the app or Deny.

That’s it! Once you go out, MySJ Trace will be permanently disabled in MySejahtera.

Credit : I would like to thank Kyle Hudsons for pointing this out to us.

Option B : Clear MySejahtera App Data

Here are the steps to clear the MySejahtera app data in your Android device :

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera > Storage.

Step 2 : Tap on Clear data. You will be warned that this will remove your MySejahtera account information and database.

Please be warned that if you proceed, your MySejahtera account information will be cleared, together with your past contact history.

Your COVID-19 vaccination history and certificate are stored in the cloud and remain safe, but you will need to log into your MySejahtera account again.

So please do NOT proceed unless you remember your MySJ ID and password!

Step 3 : If you are sure, tap on the OK option to clear the MySejahtera data.

Step 4 : Launch MySejahtera, and log into MySejahtera using your MySJ ID (either your mobile number or email address), and your password.

After you log in, you will see that MySJ Trace has been disabled. You will need to setup MySJ Trace (again) to enable it.

 

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Why Expiry Date On COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Is NOT Accurate!

Find out why the expiry date on the COVID-19 vaccine vial is NOT ACCURATE, and why you should ignore it.

 

Claim : Vial Expiry Date Proves That The Vaccine Has Expired!

People have been claiming that they were given expired COVID-19 vaccines.

Sometimes, they misunderstood the expiry date on their vaccination card, and sometimes it’s because the expiry date on the vial showed that the vaccine has expired.

Today, a video went viral on WhatsApp, together with a new claim of getting expired COVID-19 vaccine :

Expired dose being used for vaccination and luckily the son found out and stopped it.

For those who do not understand Bahasa Malaysia, here is a rough transcript

Doctor : There’s no problem (with the vaccine).

Man : I have proof!

Doctor : It’s okay if you want to dispute it. If you want to postpone the vaccination, you can come back later.

Man : When can we get it?

Doctor : This week, we are still using this current stock.

Man : Don’t misunderstand. I’m not scared. My father is scared because it’s expired.

 

Why Expiry Date On COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Is NOT Accurate!

This is very likely another example of people misunderstanding the vaccine expiry date. As they say, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing“.

While people are now clever enough to check the vaccine vial for the expiry date, many remain oblivious to the fact that it is no longer accurate!

The truth is – no one is getting expired COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : FDA Extended Pfizer Vaccine Shelf Life

It is unknown what vaccine the man’s father was supposed to receive, but it was most likely the Pfizer booster dose.

On 22 August 2021, the US FDA agreed to allow Pfizer to extend the shelf life of their COVID-19 vaccine by 3 months – from 6 months to 9 months.

All existing vaccine doses from that point onwards can be used for an additional 3 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored between -90ºC to -60ºC.

The new official recommended shelf life for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is therefore 9 months.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

Fact #2 : Malaysia Extended Pfizer + Sinovac Shelf Lives

On 16 November 2021, Malaysia officially announced the shelf life extension of both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines.

This decision was made, based on ongoing stability data, and also the updated FDA and manufacturers’ shelf life recommendations.

Therefore, you may be given a vial with an “expired date”, and the dates on your vaccination card / certificate will NOT match what was printed on the vial.

Read more : Malaysia Extends Shelf Life Of Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines!

Vaccine Registration Manufacturer Newly Approved
Shelf Life
Sinovac CoronaVac MAL21046125ACSZ Pharmaniaga Lifescience S/B
Malaysia
12 Months
(+ 6 Months)
Pfizer-BioNTech
COMIRNATY
MAL21016022AZ Pfizer Belgium NV, Belgium 9 Months
(+ 3 Months)
MAL21036039ASZ BioNTech GmbH, Germany

Fact #3 : Printed Expiry Dates Are NO LONGER Accurate

Many COVID-19 vaccines were shipped before their expiry dates were extended by various health authorities. Therefore, the printed expiry dates on vaccine vials are NO LONGER accurate.

As vaccine expiry date extensions need to be approved by the health authority in individual countries, it takes time for vaccine manufacturers to print new labels for different countries.

That’s why Malaysia (for example) gives vaccine manufacturers 6 months to update the shelf life that is printed on their vaccine vials.

So please do NOT be surprised if new COVID-19 vaccine vials continue to come with shorter shelf life labels for several more months.

Fact #4 : Expiry Date Is By Vaccine Batch

I should also point out that the expiry date changes with each batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of whether it’s from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.

Hence, the Ministry of Health points out that this expiry date of your first dose has NO CONNECTION with your second dose.

Irrespective of what vaccine you receive, your vaccine doses will likely be from different batches. Their expiry dates will therefore be different.

Fact #5 : Accurate Expiry Date In Vaccination Card / MySejahtera

If you really want to know if you received an expired COVID-19 vaccine, check your vaccination card or MySejahtera.

The actual and correct expiry date will be written in your COVID-19 vaccination card, and posted in your MySejahtera status (as shown in the example above).

Now that you are aware of the facts, please share this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by the misleading video and message!

 

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Why The Government Can’t Use MySJ Trace To Track You!

People are worried that MySJ Trace lets the government track their location and movements 24/7.

Find out WHY this is simply not possible!

 

Claim : Government Can Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7

MySJ Trace is a new contact tracing feature that was just introduced in the MySejahtera app.

People are claiming that the government can use it to track your movements 24/7. Here is one example :

so the govt can trace our exact location at any given moment. great.

Though I guess there is probably several other apps or with the telcos help that they can already do exactly that.

Although surprisingly the police have been totally unable to locate the ex husband of Indira Gandhi or her children that the ex husband abducted, despite the court ordering the police to do so.

That’s really a typical response to any new MySejahtera feature – the government is introducing it to snoop on us. Our privacy is gone! They will know where we are!

Let’s find out what the facts really are…

Read more : Fact Check : Fat Bidin Claims On MySejahtera Snooping!

 

Truth : No One Can Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7

The truth is – this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being shared on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why it’s not possible for anyone to use it to track you 24/7…

Fact #1 : MySJ Trace Only Tracks Your Proximity

MySJ Trace does not actually detect your location, which is why you still need to check into locations manually.

It only detects and logs the Bluetooth signals of nearby smartphones with MySJ Trace enabled, to determine how close they are and how long they remain in proximity.

MySJ Trace also broadcasts itself to nearby devices, so that they can log its presence, distance and length of contact.

Fact #2 : MySJ Trace Does Not Collect Location Data

MySJ Trace does not collect geolocation data, only these data:

  • Unique User ID (UUID) that is created by the MySejahtera app.
  • Operating system version (Android or iOS)
  • Time of contact
  • Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)

The Malaysia Ministry of Health confirmed this in no. 17 of their FAQ, stating that “geolocation data will not be collected“.

So there’s no way for the government to actually know where you are using only MySJ Trace data.

Read more : New MySJ Trace Feature : What You Need To Know!
Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera!

 

Fact #3 : MySJ Trace Only Stores 14 Days Of Data

The data that MySJ Trace records is only stored for the last 14 days, on a first-in, first out (FIFO) basis.

All data older than the most recent 14 days are automatically purged.

So even if a hacker gains access to it, he/she will only have access to your proximity contact data for the last 14 days.

Fact #4 : MySJ Trace Does Not Transmit Your Data Automatically

The proximity contact data that MySJ Trace logs is NOT automatically transmitted to the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Only when you are identified as COVID-19 positive, will you be asked to submit your proximity contact data for the last 14 days.

Fact #5 : MySJ Trace Data Is Stored + Used Only By KKM

Your proximity data that you upload will be stored in a secured database server managed by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Only KKM has access to your uploaded proximity data, which will be used to determine your close contacts so they can be notified.

Read more : MySJ Trace : Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions!

Fact #6 : We Are Not That Interesting…

Frankly, most of us are not that interesting to the government. They are not interested in where you live or travel to, what you eat or buy, or even who you are sleeping with.

All that data is interesting and useful to corporations, but not the Malaysian government. Please remember – you are living in Malaysia, not China or North Korea.

Why would the government want to know where you are, or where you have gone, or who you have met?

Fact #7 : There Are Easier Ways To Find You…

Finally, the “fear” of the government using MySJ Trace to track where you are at all times is frankly, ludicrous because there are far easier ways to do it.

The truth is – our geolocation data is readily available to your mobile service provider, as well as cloud and social media service providers (Google, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.)

If the government really wants to know where you are, they can simply get a court order to force your mobile service provider to tell them where you are right now.

They don’t have to rely on an opt-in feature in the MySejahtera app, and wait until you submit your own proximity data…

Now that you know the facts, please TURN ON MySJ Trace, to improve contact tracing!

And please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends!

 

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MySejahtera with MySJ Trace now available for Android + iOS!

The new MySejahtera with support for MySJ Trace is now available for all Android and iOS devices!

Here is what you need to know!

 

MySJ Trace : A New MySejahtera Feature!

MySJ Trace is a new MySejahtera feature, which allows for more accurate contact tracing using Bluetooth technology. It also removes the need to manually check out from the locations you checked in earlier.

Once enabled, your phone will automatically communicate with other phones that have MySJ Trace enabled as well, to determine the distance and length of contact. This eliminates the need to manually check-out.

This allows Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) to more accurately determine if you are a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.

Obviously, this feature only works if everyone has MySJ Trace enabled, so its effectiveness will depend greatly on how many people activate it.

Read more : What You Need To Know About The New MySJ Trace Feature!
Read more : Can The Government Use MySJ Trace To Track You 24/7?

 

MySejahtera with MySJ Trace : Now Available For Android + iOS!

MySJ Trace is currently available only in MySejahtera version 1.1.3 and above.

It was first introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.3 which is available only from the HUAWEI AppGallery

But on 25 December 2021, it was also introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.4 in the Google Play Store, so all Android users will have access to it.

On 30 December 2021, it was finally introduced in MySejahtera version 1.1.4 in the Apple App Store, for both iPhone and iPad!

Read more : How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera!

 

MySJ Trace : How To Enable It In MySejahtera?

MySJ Trace is (currently) NOT mandatory and is an opt-in feature, so you actually have to manually enable it, if you want to participate.

Step 1 : Update to the MySejahtera version that has MySJ Trace.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and you will see a black MySJ Trace section in the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on Setup MySJ Trace to begin the setup process.

Step 4 : Tap on the Start button in the initial explainer screen.

Step 5 : Tap the I agree button to consent to give your “interaction information” for the past 14 days to the Malaysia Ministry of Health for “contact tracing purposes”.

Step 6 : In the App Permissions screen, tap on the Allow button.

Step 7 : First, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to access your smartphone’s location. Tap on While using the app.

Step 8 : Next, you will be asked to allow MySejahtera to detect your location all the time. Tap on Allow all the time.

Step 9 : Now, you will be asked to enable Bluetooth, if it is not already enabled.

Step 10 : Once all necessary permissions have been enabled, just tap on the Close button.

That’s it! You have now activated MySJ Trace in MySejahtera.

If at any time you do not wish to temporarily deactivate it, you can simply disable Bluetooth, and turn Bluetooth back on again when you need it.

 

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UPDATED CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

Now that the booster dose programme in Malaysia is open to everyone, what vaccine should YOU use?

Don’t worry – CITF-B just issued their LATEST recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

 

What Vaccine Has Been Approved As Booster Dose By CITF-B?

Currently, only three vaccines have been approved for use as a booster dose by CITF-B (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster).

 

Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the booster dose will be available to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

They also issued the official CITF-B recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

On 28 December 2021, CITF-B issued updated recommendations to address the threat of the Omicron variant.

Quick + Easy Summary

To make it simple for you, this table summarises the updated CITF-B’s booster dose recommendations, based on what COVID-19 vaccine you received earlier :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Alternative
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer Moderna After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm *
Moderna Moderna Pfizer
CanSino Pfizer CanSino *
Sputnik V Pfizer AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : Moderna booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinopharm booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Moderna booster shot
  • Alternative : Pfizer booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : CanSino booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a second dose of CanSino as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Please note that all COVID-19 booster doses provided under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) are provided FREE of charge.

So please watch out for your booster dose appointment in MySejahtera, and get your FREE boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia : 28 Dec Edition!

 

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COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia : 28 Dec Edition!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia, as of 28 December 2021!

 

Malaysia Ramping Up COVID-19 Booster Dose Program!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, KKM announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

Here is our summary of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy!

Why Should We Get It?

It is recommended that you get the booster dose to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the Delta variant, and the new Omicron variant.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta and Omicron variants are partially-resistant to the vaccines, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, protection from COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so a booster dose is necessary to restore protection.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!
Read more : Why The Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Pfizer booster dose on 8 October 2021.

Only on 17 November 2021 did they also approve the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster doses.

How Soon Can You Get The Booster Dose?

You can now get your booster dose as early as THREE (3) months after completing your primary series for most vaccines, or TWO (2) months for the Janssen vaccine.

Here is a table I created to summarise the booster options and when you can get one :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Alternative
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer Moderna After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm *
Moderna Moderna Pfizer
CanSino Pfizer CanSino *
Sputnik V Pfizer AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : Moderna booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinopharm booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Moderna booster shot
  • Alternative : Pfizer booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : CanSino booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a second dose of CanSino as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Who Can Receive It?

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 booster doses will be available to all individuals 18 years and above.

However, the appointments will be prioritised using the age step down approach, with priority for frontliners, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant mothers, and those who have to travel overseas.

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is NOT mandatory.

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

Yes, for certain vulnerable groups.

On 16 December 2021, the Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that these individuals MUST receive a booster shot by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of February 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Malaysia To REQUIRE Booster Dose For Sinovac + Elderly!

Is It A Good Idea To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines?

Yes, studies have shown that it is not only safe to mix COVID-19 vaccines, such heterologous vaccinations will greatly increase your protection against the coronavirus.

Many countries are now giving heterologous booster shots, and the JKJAV expert committee has also recommended to proceed with heterologous vaccinations.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, also received a Pfizer heterologous booster shot :

Do We Need To Pay?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

You do NOT need to apply for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Once you are eligible, you will be given an appointment notification in MySejahtera to go to a GP / government clinic or hospital for your booster dose.

If you do not have MySejahtera, you will be informed by SMS. So please keep an eye out for your appointment!

You can also put yourself on the COVID-19 vaccine standby list at nearby clinics.

Read more : How To Register For The COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List?

 

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Malaysia HALVES Booster Dose Interval To Just 3 Months!

Malaysia just HALVED the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose interval to 3 months!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia HALVES Booster Dose Interval To Just 3 Months!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) just announced that the existing 6 month booster dose interval is now halved to just 3 months!

Here is a table I created to summarise what they just announced :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Alternative
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer Moderna After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm *
Moderna Moderna Pfizer
CanSino Pfizer CanSino *
Sputnik V Pfizer AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer AstraZeneca After 2 months

* Note : These booster doses are still pending NPRA approval, and are therefore, not available yet.

Read more : Sinovac Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Take It?

 

Who Should Get Booster Dose In Malaysia?

The technical working group also evaluated the latest evidence, and introduced new recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

These individuals are advised to receive a booster dose at least 3 months after their primary vaccination.

  • All senior citizens 60 years and above 
  • All adults 18 years and above who received all types of vaccines (Pfizer, AZ and CoronaVac), using the age de-escalation approach
    – 50 years old and above,
    – 40 years old and above, and
    – 18 years old and above
  • Individuals with co-morbidities
  • Residents and employees at long-term care facilities

 

Why Malaysia Reduced The Booster Dose Interval To 3 Months?

KKM made this decision based on the recent RECoVaM study, which showed the waning protection of COVID-19 vaccines, especially the Sinovac vaccine.

They were also concerned about the latest data on the Omicron variant, which showed greater transmissibility, higher viral binding affinity and higher antibody escape.

Evidence collected over the last 3 weeks showed that a booster dose can increase protection against the Omicron variant. And early research involving 21 million booster doses in the UK showed that they are safe.

In line with those results, regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as panels of health experts now recommend that the booster dose vaccination should be given as early as three (3) months after completing the primary vaccine.

 

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Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

Malaysia has temporarily suspended the VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) with Singapore, due to the Omicron variant!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL : What Is It?

Announced in November 2021, the Singapore – Malaysia VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) allows fully-vaccinated citizens of both countries to travel, without being subjected to a mandatory quarantine.

There are currently two VTL (Vaccinated Travel Lane) options between Singapore and Malaysia :

  • By Air : Between Changi Airport in Singapore, and KLIA in Malaysia
  • By Land : At the Johor Bahru Causeway.

Read more : Latest Singapore-Malaysia VTL Air Travel Guide!
Read more : Singapore-Malaysia VTL Land (Causeway) Travel Guide!

 

Singapore – Malaysia VTL Suspended Due To Omicron Variant!

On 22 December 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin announced a temporary suspension of the Singapore – Malaysia VTL, due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

In his statement, he pointed out that the Singapore Ministry of Health announced a local cluster of three COVID-19 cases, of which two were likely of the Omicron variant, while the other case is still pending. All three cases did not have history of overseas travel.

In light of that development, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) decided to temporarily suspend the VTL with Singapore from Thursday, 23 December, 2021 until Thursday, 20 January 2022.

Travellers who have already purchased tickets for Land or Air VTL, and still comply with the VTL requirements can continue with their travel plans.

Bus and plane ticket sales for both Air and Land VTL initiatives will reopen on 21 January 2022, after a risk assessment is conducted in both countries. However, the ticket quota will be lower than the current limit.

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Malaysia To REQUIRE Booster Dose For Sinovac + Elderly!

The booster dose will be REQUIRED for Sinovac recipients, and those who are 60 years old and above!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia To REQUIRE Booster Dose For Sinovac + Elderly!

The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) has earlier recommended that these individuals should receive a booster dose to be considered fully-vaccinated :

  • ALL individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) meeting on 8 December 2021 confirmed this suggestion.

Therefore, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced on 16 December 2021, that all these individuals MUST receive a booster dose by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of February 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Boost Dose Policy For Malaysia!

 

Why Is A Booster Dose Required In Malaysia?

As the Omicron variant has now been detected in Malaysia, the booster dose is of great importance. Omicron has been shown to breakthrough two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but a booster dose confers significantly improved protection.

In fact, it will be a matter of time before everyone else will be required to receive a booster dose, to be considered fully-vaccinated.

So please get your booster dose as soon as you are offered one. Check your MySejahtera app for your booster dose appointment!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

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Ronapreve Monoclonal Antibodies Approved In Malaysia!

The Ronapreve monoclonal antibodies from Regeneron have just been approved in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Ronapreve Monoclonal Antibodies Approved In Malaysia!

On 14 December 2021, the Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) agreed to give conditional approval for the use of Ronapreve monoclonal antibodies to treat or prevent COVID-19.

Name : Ronapreve Solution for Injection or Infusion
Registration Holder : Roche (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Manufacturer : F.Hoffman-La Roche Ltd, Switzerland

Treatment

Ronapreve is indicated for the treatment of COVID-19 in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older and weighing at least 40 kg who do not require supplemental oxygen for COVID-19 and who are at increased risk of progressing to severe COVID‑19.

Prevention

Ronapreve is indicated for the prevention of COVID-19 in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older and weighing at least 40 kg who have been exposed or at high risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and who either,

  • have a medical condition making them unlikely to respond to or be protected by vaccination, or
  • are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Ronapreve Monoclonal Antibodies : A Quick Primer!

Developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Ronapreve (also known as REGEN-COV) is a cocktail of two human monoclonal antibodies – casirivimab and imdevimab.

These monoclonal antibodies are essentially lab-manufactured versions of the antibodies that our own immune system creates after we are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Just like antibodies created by most COVID-19 vaccines, both casirivimab and imdevimab target the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, binding with it to prevent the virus from attaching to our cells.

Hence, it is used early in a COVID-19 infection, preferably right after exposure, especially in unvaccinated or immunocompromised people.

Ronapreve is not a replacement for COVID-19 vaccines, because it only offers temporary protection through artificial antibodies, whereas vaccination teaches our own immune system to create its own antibodies for lasting protection.

Ronapreve is also extremely expensive, reportedly costing 310,000 yen (~RM11,500) in Japan and ₹57,750 (~RM3,200) in India. I have no idea how much it will cost in Malaysia, but it is certainly going to fall between those two extremes!

So, don’t think of relying on Ronapreve. Get vaccinated against COVID-19. Your wallet will thank you!

 

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MySejahtera : How To Clear App Cache To Resolve Problems!

If you face problems in MySejahtera, clearing its App Cache is a quick way to resolve them.

Here is our step-by-step guide on how to clear the MySejahtera App Cache!

 

Why You Need To Clear MySejahtera App Cache

MySejahtera has improved greatly since it was first launched, but many users still complain of various bugs and problems.

For example, your vaccination status may not appear correctly. Many people have also reported that they were unable to generate and/or download their COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

The most common solution to this problem is to delete and reinstall MySejahtera. But before you do that, you can actually try to clear its App Cache.

 

How To Clear MySejahtera App Cache : Video Guide

Here is our video guide on how to clear the MySejahtera App Cache on Android smartphones.

Unfortunately, there is no such option for the iPhone.

 

How To Clear MySejahtera App Cache : Pictorial Guide

For those who prefer a pictorial guide, here is our step-by-step guide on how to clear the MySejahtera app cache.

Step 1 : Look for Settings in your Android smartphone.

Step 2 : Scroll down the list of available settings, and tap on Apps.

Step 3 : Tap on the Search icon on the upper right corner of Apps.

Step 4 : Type “mysejahtera” and when it appears, tap on MySejahtera.

Step 5 : Scroll down and tap on the Storage option.

Step 6 : In the MySejahtera Storage page, tap on the Clear cache option at the bottom.

Warning : Do NOT tap on Clear data, as that would wipe out your login data. It will be like you deleted and reinstalled MySejahtera.

But if you did it anyway, don’t worry. Your other MySejahtera data is still safely stored in the cloud. You just need to log into MySejahtera again.

That’s it! That clears the MySejahtera app cache! Simple enough, isn’t it?

You can now log into MySejahtera to see if that resolves your problem.

Bonus Step : Delete App Data Too!

If it still did NOT resolve your problem, you can repeat the steps above, and tap on Clear data instead of just tapping on Clear cache.

But be warned that this step will wipe out your login data, so you will need to log into MySejahtera after this. It will be similar to deleting and reinstalling MySejahtera.

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Did Dr. Chai Koh Meow Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow die from the Pfizer booster dose?

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

Update @ 2021-12-02 : Added Dr. Chai’s autopsy results, and his true cause of death.

 

Claim : Dr. Chai Koh Meow Died After Getting Pfizer Booster Dose!

Three messages have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow died after receiving the Pfizer booster dose.

All three refer to the same Sin Chew news report in Chinese. Just skip over to the next section for the facts…

58 岁刚接种加强针就上去世了。加强针的安全性………..
(Translation : At the age of 58, he passed away just after he was given a booster shot. Improve the safety of the jab…)

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot ?

Dr Chua (Cai GaoMao) Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Ministry of Health 🇲🇾 died in his sleep yesterday night. Prior to his sudden death he had received a Pfizer booster shot and suffered aches, cold soreness and other uncomfortable symptoms etc. His first and second dose were Sinovac. Investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of death.

 

Dr. Chai Koh Meow Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Okay, the title isn’t entirely accurate, since the viral messages aren’t accurate in the first place.

So let’s take a look at what we can confirm as facts, and what will still be “in the air” for now…

Fact #1 : “Dr. Chua” Is Actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow

The Dr. Chua in all three viral messages isn’t really Dr. Chua.

The Sin Chew report referred to him as 蔡高茂 (translated Cai Gaomao), with the position of the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

He is actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow, with the position of Senior Principal Assistant Director of the Police and Development Section of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Those who claim that Chai is the same as Chua are wrong. It is true that they share the same Chinese character 蔡 (Cai), but they are legally different surnames.

Here are OTHER legally different surnames based on the same Chinese 蔡 (Cai) character : Choy, Choi, Chuah, Tsai, Tsoi.

Dr. Chai Koh Meow cannot, for example, travel using a plane ticket bought using the name Chua Koh Meow or Choy Koh Meow. So it’s stupid to suggest that Chai is the same as Chua.

His name was also visible in the picture posted by Sin Chew, which was shared by Dr. Chai himself on his Facebook page on 21 August 2021.

Respect Dr. Chai’s name. He is Dr. Chai Koh Meow, not Dr. Chua Koh Meow.

Fact #2 : There Is No KKM Deputy Director-General Called Dr. Chai

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) actually has THREE deputy Director-Generals, based on their portfolio :

  • Medical : Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib
  • Public Health : Datuk Dr. Chong Chee Kheong
  • Research + Technical Support : Datuk Dr. Hishamshah bin Mohd Ibrahim

There is no deputy Director-General within the Malaysia Ministry of Health called Dr. Chai.

Fact #3 : Dr. Chai Received His Pfizer Booster Dose 8 Days Earlier

According to the Sin Chew report, Dr. Chai received the Pfizer booster dose “last Tuesday”. That would be 9 November 2021.

He reportedly passed away during his sleep on the night of 17 November, and was discovered in the afternoon of 18 November 2021.

In other words, he received his Pfizer booster dose 8 days prior to his death.

Fact #4 : Most Dangerous Pfizer Side Effect Occurs Within Minutes

Pfizer shipped over 1.5 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine as of 22 September 2021. That means at least 500 million people have already been fully vaccinated with their vaccine.

Based on the large number of vaccinations, we are very well aware of the potential risks and side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The most dangerous side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is anaphylaxis – a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

But this occurs within MINUTES of getting the vaccine and can be quickly treated, which is why you are asked to stay back for observation after receiving the vaccine. It does not happen hours or days after vaccination.

Read more : Did Christian Eriksen Collapse After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine?

Fact #5 : DG Health Clarified The News Report

The Director-General of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed Dr. Chai’s passing on 18 November 2021, and that :

  • he received his booster dose on 9 November 2021,
  • he did not report any extraordinary side effects, and
  • he resumed work as usual until 16 November 2021.

Finally, he said that Dr. Chai’s death is being investigated, and requested that everyone avoid speculating until the official autopsy results are obtained.

Fact #6 : Dr. Chai Died From Heart Failure

On 26 November 2021, the Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced the results of Dr. Chai’s autopsy :

  • Dr. Chai died from heart failure – the real cause of death.
  • The autopsy revealed that he had hemopericardium due to coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction.

Hemopericardium refers to the accumulation of blood within the pericardial sac, squeezing the heart and preventing it from beating properly (cardiac tamponade).

This is most certainly NOT due to any vaccine.

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Protect Against Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are not magical. They are just self-defence classes that teach our immune system to identify SARS-CoV-2, so it can learn how to defeat the real virus.

This prepares our immune system for a future “battle” against COVID-19, helping to prevent serious illness that may lead to hospitalisation or death.

However, COVID-19 vaccines do not and cannot protect against OTHER causes of death.

We cannot assume that every death that occurs after receiving the vaccine must be due to the vaccine, because people will die of other causes, even if they are vaccinated.

In Dr. Chai’s age group, the most common causes of sudden death are cardiac arrest and stroke. With or without vaccines, people will die of these causes.

And that is proven true YET AGAIN when Dr. Chai’s autopsy proved that he died from heart failure…

Read more : Did Dr Vincent Wang Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

The mixing of vaccines have been PROVEN SAFE, and they offer BETTER PROTECTION against COVID-19.

Do not let such lies from antivaxxers prevent you from protecting yourself and your family against COVID-19!

 

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Fact Check : Omicron Variant Detected In Perak?!

Did the Malaysia Health Ministry just detect the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Perak?

Take a look at the viral video + message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Omicron Variant Detected In Perak!

People are sharing this video of an Astro Awani news report (in Bahasa Malaysia) together with a message claiming that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected in Perak.

Watch the video and LISTEN carefully. And then head to the next section for the facts!

Omicron virus detected in Perak. Be careful everyone

First South African variant detected in Perak

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Truth : Omicron Variant Not Detected In Perak Or Malaysia!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : B.1.351 Is Beta Variant, Not Omicron

The fake news creator used an old Astro Awani news report that refers to the South African variant – B.1.351.

B.1.351 is the Beta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, NOT the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).

Fact #2 : Omicron Not Detected In Malaysia Yet

On 29 November 2021, the Health Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah labelled the claim as false.

He also said that no cases of the Omicron variant has yet been detected in Malaysia.

“Not true. No cases been detected yet in Malaysia.” he said.

Fact #3 : KKM Confirms It Is Fake News

Despite being told that it’s fake news, it looks like people still believe that there are Omicron variant cases in Perak.

So KKM issued a formal notice confirming that the viral message and video are FAKE NEWS. Here is our English translation :

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) denies the authenticity of the viral message that claims that the Omicron variant which is the latest COVID-19 variant with 32 spike protein mutations which is twice as many as the Delta variant was detected in the state of Perak.

KKM explains that no case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Malaysia at this moment.

The public is advised to stop spreading information from unverified sources that can create worry and distress in society, and instead refer to the official KKM social media for genuine information.

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RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well Covid-19 Vaccines Work!

Take a look at what the massive RECoVaM study revealed about just how well COVID-19 vaccines work!

 

RECoVaM Study : What Is It?

The RECoVaM (Real-world Evaluation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Malaysia) is a large study conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

It was conducted from 1 April until 12 September 2021, involving just over 14.5 million fully-vaccinated individuals in Malaysia, out of an estimated population of 32.7 million.

On 24 November 2021, a peer-reviewed paper on the RECoVaM results (involving a cohort of 1,286,881 participants) was published in the open-access journal, Vaccines.

This is not only a massive study, it is an important one because it gives us a good idea of HOW WELL the three vaccines used in the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) were working.

Let’s take a look at the results…

 

RECoVaM Study : The Good News

The good news is that the RECoVaM study showed that the COVID-19 vaccines have greatly protected fully-vaccinated individuals.

Here is a general summary from the peer-reviewed paper – PICK-ing Malaysia’s Epidemic Apart: Effectiveness of a Diverse COVID-19 Vaccine Portfolio :

  • Full vaccination was 88% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections
  • Full vaccination was 86% effective in preventing symptomatic infections
  • 83% effective in preventing ICU admissions
  • 88% effective in preventing deaths
  • 50.4% of fully-vaccinated individuals admitted to ICU was 60 and above in age
  • 88.6% of fully-vaccinated individuals admitted to the ICU had co-morbidities
  • 76.3% of fully-vaccinated individuals who died was 60 and above in age
  • 92.0% of fully-vaccinated individuals who died had co-morbidities

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of ICU Admissions

COVID-19 vaccines are just self-defence classes for our immune system, but not everyone’s immune system can learn well enough to defend itself.

So even fully-vaccinated people can get infected and some will end up in the ICU. But the RECoVaM data showed the COVID-19 vaccines prevented A LOT of ICU admissions.

Using a subset of the RECoVaM data involving 1.28 million participants, I created this pie chart to show you the distribution of ICU admissions.

As you can see, unvaccinated people or partially-vaccinated people constitute the VAST MAJORITY of ICU admissions – 94%!

During the study period, approximately 44% of the population was partially-vaccinated before becoming fully-vaccinated. Yet they only accounted for just 6% of ICU admissions.

This shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccines were in preventing ICU admissions.

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

Fully vaccinated people can also die from COVID-19. But the RECoVaM data showed that the COVID-19 vaccines prevented A LOT of deaths.

Using RECoVaM data and mortality data from the Ministry of Health, I created this pie chart to show you the distribution of COVID-19 deaths.

As you can see, unvaccinated people or partially-vaccinated people constitute the VAST MAJORITY of COVID-19 deaths – 91.5%!

During the study period, approximately 44% of the population was partially-vaccinated before becoming fully-vaccinated. Yet they only accounted for just 8.5% of COVID-19 deaths.

This shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccines were in preventing COVID-19 deaths.

Even Sinovac CoronaVac Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

The Sinovac vaccine was obviously the least effective at preventing death, but even it greatly cut the risk of dying from COVID-19.

And how do I know that?

Take a look at this table I created to show you just how effective each vaccine was in preventing death, compared to the unvaccinated population.

Vaccine Deaths Mortality
Rate
vs
Sinovac
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Unvaccinated 19,147 0.058554% +13.3x +59.3x +1,368x
Sinovac 1,445 0.004419% Baseline +4.5x +103x
Pfizer 323 0.000988% -4.5x Baseline +23x
AstraZeneca 14 0.000043% -103x -23x Baseline

Sinovac CoronaVac

  • cut risk of death by 92.5%
  • unvaccinated are 13.3x more likely to die

Pfizer COMIRNATY

  • cut risk of death by 98.3%
  • unvaccinated are 59.3x more likely to die

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

  • cut risk of death by 99.9%
  • unvaccinated are 1,368x more likely to die

There is no doubt that taking ANY vaccine would GREATLY cut down your risk of dying from COVID-19.

That is why I wrote earlier this year that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy does not matter as much as its protection against DEATH.

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

 

RECoVaM Study : The Bad News

Waning Effectiveness

COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 infection by triggering our immune system to produce neutralising antibodies. However, antibody levels naturally drop over time.

The RECoVaM study showed that protection against COVID-19 infection wanes 3-5 months after vaccination. This is particularly a problem for Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines.

However, I should point out that while getting protected from an infection is what everyone hopes for, it is far more important that the vaccine protects us from developing severe COVID-19 or dying from it.

In that respect, Pfizer’s protection against COVID-19 infection wanes within 3-5 months, but it still offers great protection against ICU admissions and excellent protection against death.

The Sinovac vaccine though was shown to offer very little protection against COVID-19 infection and ICU admission after just two months or so…

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

That is why Malaysia is now offering a FREE Pfizer booster dose for Sinovac vaccine recipients, just three months after receiving Dose 2.

The Pfizer booster dose will give Sinovac vaccine recipients a much needed boost in protection, bringing it up to par with those who were fortunate enough to get vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer.

So please look out for your booster dose notification, and make sure you get it ASAP!

And I recommend that you get the Pfizer booster dose right now, instead of waiting for a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

That doesn’t mean that if you received other vaccines, you do not need a booster dose.

The waning effectiveness against COVID-19 infections and serious illness mean that EVERYONE should get a booster dose. You just don’t need them as early as Sinovac recipients.

Getting a booster dose will quickly restore your protection against COVID-19. So please get your booster dose as soon as you are eligible!

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

The RECoVaM study has just shown that the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine rapidly drops after 2 months!

Here is what you need to know!

 

RECoVaM Identifies Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Problem

When the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was introduced, it was already known that it was the least efficacious vaccine against symptomatic COVID-19.

However, it was heavily adopted in many countries because it was available, and it offered very good protection against hospitalisation and death.

However, the recent RECoVaM (Real-world Evaluation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Malaysia) study identified a problem with the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine against hospitalisation and death.

The RECoVaM study was conducted from 1 April until 12 September 2021, during which over 14.5 million people in Malaysia were fully vaccinated, out of an estimated population of 32.7 million.

Let’s take a look at the results…

Note : I should point out that the AstraZeneca results in the RECoVaM study may be skewed because it was taken up by a younger part of the population.

ICU Admissions

Despite the Sinovac’s Phase 3 trials showing that it offered very good protection against ICU admissions, the RECoVaM study discovered that a comparably high number of Sinovac recipients ended up in the ICU.

The ICU breakthrough rate of 0.011% may seem very low, but that’s 1 out of 9,000 Sinovac recipients and 5.4x higher than the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccine ICU
Breakthrough
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Sinovac 0.011% +5.4x +144x
Pfizer 0.002% Baseline +21x
AstraZeneca 0.001% -21x Baseline

Deaths

The Sinovac vaccine was good at preventing deaths, but even so – 1 out of 6,700 Sinovac recipients died from COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine, in comparison, was 3x better at preventing deaths.

Vaccine Death
Breakthrough
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Sinovac 0.015% +3.4x +79x
Pfizer 0.005% Baseline +23x
AstraZeneca 0.002% -23x Baseline

 

Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

On 23 November 2021, JKJAV shared an analysis of the RECoVaM data, showing WHY the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was not performing as expected.

The RECoVaM data showed that there was a precipitous drop in Sinovac’s effectiveness against infection and ICU admission after the first two months of full protection.

The Sinovac vaccine’s protection against symptomatic COVID-19 infection dropped from 76% to just 28%, while its protection against ICU admission dropped from 55% to just 28%.

The good news is that it still offers good protection against death at 76%. However, that protection still pales against the protection offered by better vaccines like the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

When we are talking about millions of people getting vaccinated, every 1% in difference means tens of thousands of additional deaths.

That is why Malaysia is now offering a FREE Pfizer booster dose for Sinovac vaccine recipients, just three months after receiving Dose 2.

The Pfizer booster dose will give Sinovac vaccine recipients a much needed boost in protection, bringing it up to par with those who were fortunate enough to get vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer.

So please look out for your booster dose notification, and make sure you get it ASAP!

And I recommend that you get the Pfizer booster dose right now, instead of waiting for a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

 

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Did KKM Deputy DG Dr. Chua Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chua die from the Pfizer booster dose?

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : KKM Deputy DG Dr. Chua Died After Getting Pfizer Booster Dose!

Three messages have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chua died after receiving the Pfizer booster dose.

All three refer to the same Sin Chew news report in Chinese. Just skip over to the next section for the facts…

58 岁刚接种加强针就上去世了。加强针的安全性………..
(Translation : At the age of 58, he passed away just after he was given a booster shot. Improve the safety of the jab…)

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot ?

Dr Chua (Cai GaoMao) Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Ministry of Health 🇲🇾 died in his sleep yesterday night. Prior to his sudden death he had received a Pfizer booster shot and suffered aches, cold soreness and other uncomfortable symptoms etc. His first and second dose were Sinovac. Investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of death.

 

KKM Deputy DG Dr. Chua Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Okay, the title isn’t entirely accurate, since the viral messages aren’t accurate in the first place.

So let’s take a look at what we can confirm as facts, and what will still be “in the air” for now…

Fact #1 : “Dr. Chua” Is Actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow

The Dr. Chua in all three viral messages isn’t really Dr. Chua.

The Sin Chew report referred to him as 蔡高茂 (translated Cai Gaomao), with the position of the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

He is actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow, with the position of Senior Principal Assistant Director of the Police and Development Section of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Those who claim that Chai is the same as Chua are wrong. It is true that they share the same Chinese character 蔡 (Cai), but they are legally different surnames.

Here are OTHER legally different surnames based on the same Chinese 蔡 (Cai) character : Choy, Choi, Chuah, Tsai, Tsoi.

Dr. Chai Koh Meow cannot, for example, travel using a plane ticket bought using the name Chua Koh Meow or Choy Koh Meow. So it’s stupid to suggest that Chai is the same as Chua.

His name was also visible in the picture posted by Sin Chew, which was shared by Dr. Chai himself on his Facebook page on 21 August 2021.

Respect Dr. Chai’s name. He is Dr. Chai Koh Meow, not Dr. Chua Koh Meow.

Fact #2 : There Is No KKM Deputy Director-General Called Dr. Chua / Chai

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) actually has THREE deputy Director-Generals, based on their portfolio :

  • Medical : Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib
  • Public Health : Datuk Dr. Chong Chee Kheong
  • Research + Technical Support : Datuk Dr. Hishamshah bin Mohd Ibrahim

There is no deputy Director-General within the Malaysia Ministry of Health called Dr. Chua or Dr. Chai.

Fact #3 : Dr. Chai Received His Pfizer Booster Dose 8 Days Earlier

According to the Sin Chew report, Dr. Chai received the Pfizer booster dose “last Tuesday”. That would be 9 November 2021.

He reportedly passed away during his sleep on the night of 17 November, and was discovered in the afternoon of 18 November 2021.

In other words, he received his Pfizer booster dose 8 days prior to his death.

Fact #4 : Most Dangerous Pfizer Side Effect Occurs Within Minutes

Pfizer shipped over 1.5 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine as of 22 September 2021. That means at least 500 million people have already been fully vaccinated with their vaccine.

Based on the large number of vaccinations, we are very well aware of the potential risks and side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The most dangerous side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is anaphylaxis – a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

But this occurs within MINUTES of getting the vaccine and can be quickly treated, which is why you are asked to stay back for observation after receiving the vaccine. It does not happen hours or days after vaccination.

Read more : Did Christian Eriksen Collapse After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine?

Fact #5 : DG Health Clarified The News Report

The Director-General of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed Dr. Chai’s passing on 18 November 2021, and that :

  • he received his booster dose on 9 November 2021,
  • he did not report any extraordinary side effects, and
  • he resumed work as usual until 16 November 2021.

Finally, he said that Dr. Chai’s death is being investigated, and requested that everyone avoid speculating until the official autopsy results are obtained.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Protect Against Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are not magical. They are just self-defence classes that teach our immune system to identify SARS-CoV-2, so it can learn how to defeat the real virus.

This prepares our immune system for a future “battle” against COVID-19, helping to prevent serious illness that may lead to hospitalisation or death.

However, COVID-19 vaccines do not and cannot protect against OTHER causes of death.

We cannot assume that every death that occurs after receiving the vaccine must be due to the vaccine, because people will die of other causes, even if they are vaccinated.

In Dr. Chai’s age group, the most common causes of sudden death are cardiac arrest and stroke. With or without vaccines, people will die of these causes.

Do we know the cause of death? NO, WE DO NOT. So we should NOT jump to conclusions, and make false claims.

Read more : Did Dr Vincent Wang Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

 

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Sinovac Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Take It?

Now that the Sinovac booster dose has been approved, can you get it?

If you can’t get it yet, should you WAIT to get a Sinovac booster dose instead of other vaccines?

Updated @ 2021-11-17 : Added Sinovac booster dose approval and updated advice on a Sinovac booster dose.

Updated @ 2021-11-12 : Added more information on Sinovac vaccine efficacy and advice on a Sinovac booster dose.
Originally published @ 2021-11-10

 

Can You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine, before being expanded on 22 October 2021 to those who received the Sinovac vaccine.

Since then, many people have been asking if they can get a booster dose of the Sinovac vaccine instead.

The updated answer is SOON, but not yet.

On 17 November 2021, the Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses for homologous vaccination.

That means Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses will be given to those who earlier received Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines respectively.

However, this does NOT mean the Sinovac booster dose is immediately available.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) will be targeting specific groups to receive these booster doses, which will be detailed later.

Right now, the COVID-19 Booster Dose programme in Malaysia continues to use the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Even people vaccinated with Sinovac will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose.

If you had earlier received the Sinovac vaccine, and are open to receive the Pfizer booster dose, I highly recommend you get yourself on the standby list ASAP.

If CITF-B eventually decides to give only homologous vaccinations for Sinovac, you will lose your chance to get the Pfizer booster dose.

My advice remains the same – don’t wait for the Sinovac booster dose. Get the Pfizer booster dose if it is offered to you.

It is FAR MORE EFFECTIVE, and gives you a big boost in protection, especially if you received the Sinovac vaccine earlier.

Read more : Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy Explained!

 

Should You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, mentioned earlier that people with severe allergies, or who have suffered an allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine earlier, may be offered a booster shot of the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine instead.

Now that the Sinovac vaccine has been approved as a booster dose, should you WAIT to get it?

That very much depends on a number of factors.

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

If you are allergic to the Pfizer vaccine, then you definitely cannot receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will have to get a booster dose of other vaccine types – viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca or Sputnik V, or inactivated virus vaccines like Sinovac or Sinopharm.

But with so many better vaccine options available out there, Sinovac CoronaVac should be your last choice, not your first.

Read more : Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

Are There Better Options?

If you are given the option to switch to Pfizer or AstraZeneca, you should definitely opt for either one over the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Of all the WHO approved vaccines, Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, offering just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

And that was before it was tested against the highly-infectious Delta variant.

In June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian admitted that their inactivated virus vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant.

While Sinovac has tried to push their booster dose as a way to shore up the CoronaVac’s efficacy against the Delta variant, it would be foolish to assume that it offers anything more than a temporary boost in relatively ineffective antibodies.

Even China is moving to use mRNA booster doses for those who received Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, with their own mRNA vaccine called ARCoVAX entering mass production soon.

Read more : Are Chinese Vaccines The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant?

Sinovac / Sinopharm Should Require Three Doses Minimum

On 12 October 2021, WHO experts recommended that those over 60 who received the Sinovac or Sinopharm’s vaccines should be given a third shot.

They notably refrained from calling it a booster dose, suggesting instead that they should be administered as three doses, instead of the recommended two doses, for a primary series vaccine.

This was precisely the same policy adopted by Singapore on 23 October 2021, when their Ministry of Health declared that three doses of the Sinovac vaccine will be REQUIRED for a person to be considered fully-vaccinated.

In other words – two doses isn’t enough to be considered fully-vaccinated for these inactivated virus vaccines.  They have to be taken as three doses MINIMUM.

Even Malaysia’s RECoVaM data show that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is comparatively weak, allowing significantly more breakthrough infections that result in ICU care and deaths.

If you still feel that you prefer to get three Sinovac vaccine doses, instead of using a different vaccine – that’s fine. It is better than not getting a booster shot at all.

The key thing is to GET PROTECTED against COVID-19, by getting fully-vaccinated. If that means three doses of Sinovac, so be it.

My advice remains the same as it did earlier this year. Don’t wait – get the first vaccine (or booster dose) you are offered!

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

 

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AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Approved In Malaysia!

The AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccine booster doses have been approved in Malaysia!

Here is what we know so far…

 

AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Approved In Malaysia!

On 17 November 2021, the Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) agreed to give conditional approval for the use of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster dose in Malaysia.

Both AstraZeneca and Sinovac booster doses were approved for all individuals 18 years and above who received the same primary series vaccine.

This is homologous vaccination, the opposite of heterologous vaccination being carried out right now with Sinovac recipients receiving the Pfizer booster dose.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Recipients To Get Pfizer Booster Dose!

The DCA also announced the conditional registration of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by SK Bioscience Co., Ltd. in South Korea. Malaysia has now approved three AstraZeneca vaccine manufacturers :

  • AstraZeneca Nijmegen B.V., Netherlands
  • Siam Bioscience Co., Ltd., Thailand
  • SK Bioscience Co., Ltd., South Korea

 

How Will AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Be Given In Malaysia?

The AstraZeneca and Sinovac booster dose will be given after these intervals :

  • AstraZeneca : 6 months after Dose 2
  • Sinovac : 3 to 6 months after Dose 2

While both vaccines have been approved as booster doses, it does not mean that everyone will get to receive them.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) will target specific groups to receive these booster doses, which will be detailed later…

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

 

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Are We Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Are we being given EXPIRED doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

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

 

Claim : We Are Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

This message is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is giving people EXPIRED doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Yesterday I had my Pfizer booster at Pantai Hospital. I particularly wanted to know what was the expiry date of the vaccine they’re dosing. Checked the label on the vaccine bottle. It showed clearly 2/22.

I was later shocked to see what was written on the vaccination card. It stated 31/5/2022. I reprimanded the MO at the counter and querried her about the expiry date. She replied by showing me a letter sent out by KKM instructing all depts to extend the expiry date by 3 months.

Can you imagine that. They can even ignore and overule the recommendations of the vaccine manufacturer.

Amazing!

 

Truth : No One Is Getting Expired Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp.

No one is getting expired doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Had Not Expired

If you read the message carefully, the writer said that the Pfizer vaccine vial has an expiry date of 2/22. That means that vial will only “expire” at the end of February 2022.

The writer received his/her booster dose in November 2021. Therefore, the vaccine had NOT expired when it was administered.

In fact, the vaccine dose the writer received is at least 6 months away from its expiry date (see Fact #2).

Fact #2 : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Extended 3 Months

On 22 August 2021, the US FDA agreed to allow Pfizer to extend the shelf life of their COVID-19 vaccine by 3 months – from 6 months to 9 months.

All existing vaccine doses from that point onwards can be used for an additional 3 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored between -90ºC to -60ºC.

The new official recommended shelf life for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is therefore 9 months.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

Fact #3 : Expiry Date Refers To Recommended Shelf Life

On 16 November 2021, Malaysia officially announced the shelf life extension of both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines. So this is not only official, it also extends to the Sinovac vaccine.

This is based on ongoing stability data, and also the updated FDA and manufacturers’ shelf life recommendations.

So please do NOT be alarmed if the dates on your vaccination card / certificate do NOT match what was printed on the vials.

Read more : Malaysia Extends Shelf Life Of Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines!

Vaccine Registration Manufacturer Newly Approved
Shelf Life
Sinovac CoronaVac MAL21046125ACSZ Pharmaniaga Lifescience S/B
Malaysia
12 Months
(+ 6 Months)
Pfizer-BioNTech
COMIRNATY
MAL21016022AZ Pfizer Belgium NV, Belgium 9 Months
(+ 3 Months)
MAL21036039ASZ BioNTech GmbH, Germany

Fact #4 : Expiry Date Refers To Recommended Shelf Life

The expiry date that was written in the COVID-19 vaccination card / certificate refers to the vaccine’s “recommended shelf life” of that specific vaccine batch.

Since the Pfizer vaccine’s recommended shelf life had been officially extended by 3 months, it is CORRECT for the doctor to use the new “expiry date” of May 2022, instead of what’s printed on the vial – February 2022.

Fact #5 : Expiry Date Is By Vaccine Batch

The expiry date changes with each batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of whether it’s from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.

Hence, the Ministry of Health points out that this expiry date of your first dose has NO CONNECTION with your second dose.

Irrespective of what vaccine you receive, your vaccine doses will likely be from different batches. Their expiry dates will therefore be different.

Now that you are aware of the facts, please share this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by this misleading message!

 

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Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life Extended In Malaysia!

The shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Sinovac has been EXTENDED in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Why Extend Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life?

Vaccines generally have a shelf life of about 3 years, so many manufacturers were extraordinarily cautious when they only gave their COVID-19 vaccines a shelf life of about 6 months.

Such a short shelf life would mean that health authorities have to maintain a frenetic pace of vaccinations, or risk the expiry of their vaccine doses.

Even while there is a global shortage of vaccines, many doses had to be disposed when they “expired”, even though they are still safe and effective to use.

And we know that they are safe to use past their “original shelf life” because of ongoing stability data.

So it really makes sense to extend vaccine shelf life based on new stability data, to cut down on waste.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

 

Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life Extended In Malaysia!

On 16 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) had officially approved the shelf life extensions for these vaccines :

Vaccine Registration Manufacturer Newly Approved
Shelf Life
Sinovac CoronaVac MAL21046125ACSZ Pharmaniaga Lifescience S/B
Malaysia
12 Months
(+6 Months)
Pfizer-BioNTech
COMIRNATY
MAL21016022AZ Pfizer Belgium NV, Belgium 9 Months
(+3 Months)
MAL21036039ASZ BioNTech GmbH, Germany

This shelf life extension will extend to ALL VACCINE STOCKS retrospectively, and would extend to any new doses that Malaysia may receive from now on.

In addition, the three manufacturers now have 6 months to update the shelf life that is printed on their vaccine vials.

This announcement comes after a complaint went viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Ministry of Health was “secretly” extending the expiry dates of the Pfizer vaccine against manufacturer’s recommendations.

Read more : Are We Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

Existing Pfizer Vaccine Batches With Extended Shelf Life

Here is a list of existing Pfizer vaccine batches that will be given extended shelf life :

Batch Original Expiry Date New Expiry Date
FE8163 31 October 2021 31 January 2022
FF0884 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FF0884 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FF8871 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FG3716 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FG2872 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FG9019 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FG7900 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FH2528 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FG6272 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FH8773 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH3253 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH4763 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH8773 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FK0112 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FK5475 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH4752 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FJ5973 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FK6858 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH3221 28 February 2022 31 May 2022

 

Existing Sinovac Vaccine Batches With Extended Shelf Life

Here is a list of existing Sinovac vaccine batches that will be given extended shelf life :

Batch Original Expiry Date New Expiry Date
5019117 30 September 2021 31 March 2022
5019383 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019401 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019402 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019403 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019482 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019486 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019492 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019494 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019495 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019496 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019497 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019499 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019501 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019502 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019504 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019533 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019534 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019541 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019545 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019546 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019549 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019550 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019551 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019553 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019554 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019555 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019556 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019558 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019559 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019560 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019561 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019694 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019695 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019697 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019698 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5020068 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020069 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020071 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020072 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020086 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020087 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020096 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020097 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020099 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020100 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020102 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020103 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020118 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020119 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020121 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020122 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020124 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020125 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020127 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020128 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020130 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020131 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020291 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020292 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020294 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020295 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020297 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020298 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020300 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020301 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020303 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020304 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020306 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020307 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020309 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020310 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020315 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020316 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020321 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020322 28 February 2022 31 August 2022

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 2 SOP as well!

For Phase 1 SOP, please see PPN 1 SOP : 16 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 2 SOP, please see PPN 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 3 SOP, please see PPN 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 4 SOP currently applies to Labuan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Melaka, Selangor, Kuala LumpurPutrajaya, Terengganu, Johor, Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

This is the latest National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP that was released on 7 November 2021.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

Under this SOP, you are only considered fully-vaccinated if you meet these requirements :

  • For vaccines that require two doses (like the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines), the individual must exceed 14 days after receiving the second dose.
  • For vaccines that require only one dose (like the Johnson & Johnson and CanSino vaccines), the individual must exceed 28 days after receiving the second dose.

For individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical reasons, they must produce a medical report that has been verified by a registered medical practitioner.

Overseas Travellers In Phase 4 Areas

  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days prior to departure
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is 7 days at home (if appropriate) or quarantine station for fully-vaccinated individuals, and 10 days in a quarantine station for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • Travellers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (7 or 10 days after arrival).
  • Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival.

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • 7 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • 10 day home quarantine for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.

Test & Release (T&R) Protocol

  • The pilot program for the test & release (T&R) protocol is limited to this group of low-risk travellers arriving from overseas, with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits :
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
  • The requirements for this programme include :
    – submitting an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergoing a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergoing a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

General Health Protocol In Phase 4 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years and below are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good VENTILATION at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Travel Restrictions In Phase 4 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, by showing their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 18 years and younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • Interstate travel by workers are subject to worker’s pass or employer’s confirmation letter.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may travel for funeral and emergencies, after getting permission from the police.
  • All vehicles, whether driven by individuals, for transportation of goods or public transport, are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.

Civil Service

  • 100% attendance capacity is allowed
  • Civil service is subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meetings and interviews are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing. Updated!
  • Meeting parties are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, limited to 50% of venue capacity with physical distancing. Press conference after meeting party is ALLOWED with physical distancing and wearing of face masks. New!
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending a face-to-face meeting, or conduct the meeting via video conferencing.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.

Seminars + Trainings

  • Seminars, workshops, courses, trainings and talks are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Government + Private Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at full venue capacity but with physical distancing.
  • For the state of Melaka, all official government and private events are FORBIDDEN from 4 November 2021 until 27 November 2021. New!
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must undergo a pre-event test using a (saliva) self-test kit, or have confirmation from a medical practitioner before attending.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Social Activities In Phase 4 Areas

  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, at up to 50% venue capacity and with physical distancing.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 18 years or younger, subject to compliance with general health protocols.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!
  • Activities, gatherings or social events related to the Melaka state elections, including election machinery launch events are FORBIDDEN from 25 October until 27 November 2021.

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities

  • All of these activities, and their supply chain, are allowed to operate according to their licences, except those mentioned in the Negative List.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining and Quarrying

  • Manufacturing, construction, mining and quarrying activities are ALLOWED, according to these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity only
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Businesses Open Only To Fully Vaccinated Customers

  • These businesses can only serve fully-vaccinated customers :
    1. Photographic equipment and photography shop
    2. Preloved (second hand) shop
    3. Flower and nursery shop
    4. Handicraft and souvenir shop
    5. Antique shop
    6. Games shop
    7. Carpet shop
    8. Creative content and equipment shop
    9. Outdoor equipment (including camping, fishing and other equipment)
    10. Cosmetics, skincare and perfume
    11. Tobacco shop (including vape and electronic cigarette)
    12. House and kitchen appliance shop
    13. Furniture shop
    14. Sporting goods shop
    15. Car accessories shop
    16. Car sales and distribution
    17. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
    18. Jewellery shop
    19. Barber shop
    20. Beauty salon / center
    21. House show room
  • Premise owners must ensure that customers who wish to enter MUST show their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children who are 18 years old or younger to these premises.

Dine-In In Phase 4 Areas

  • Restaurant operators, including hotels, sports and recreational club houses, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, roadside hawkers, food courts, food carts, and food kiosks are ALLOWED to offer dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – only accept customers who are fully-vaccinated, and asymptomatic.
    – premise owners MUST display a notice at the entrance stating that only fully-vaccinated customers who are asymptomatic are allowed in
    – only workers who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work
    – premise owners must arrange the tables with physical distancing, and ensure the premise has good ventilation.
    – dine-in is allowed with a physical distance of at least 1 metre.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger to dine-in.

Markets

  • All markets, except night market and weekend market, are allowed to operate according to their licence or permit subject to the local authority (PBT) with SOP compliance and monitoring by RELA or PBT.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open according to their licensed time, subject to the full vaccination of all employees, complying with the SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Night market and weekend market are allowed to operate, subject to customers proving that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.

Spa, Wellness Centre and Health Massage

  • Spa, wellness and massage parlours are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that both customers and operators are fully-vaccinated, from 1 October 2021 onwards.
  • Employees and customers must be fully-vaccinated, not COVID-19 positive and not close contacts to positive cases, and not symptomatic.
  • Walk-in is not allowed. Only customers with prior appointments are allowed.
  • Employees must wear disposable gloves, face mask and face shield while at work.
  • Employees must replace their disposable gloves, liners for the bed or mattress or chair, and clean all equipment including face shield before attending to each customer.
  • The ventilation system must be maintained according to schedule.
  • MOTAC will monitor these conditions :
    – spa operators must declare how many employees are fully-vaccinated to MOTAC before they are allowed to operate
    – SOP Self-Compliance Program, especially ventilation within the premise.
    – MOTAC will monitor compliance by conducting periodical spot checks
    – COVID-19 screening test of symptomatic employees

Education In Phase 4 Areas

  • All schools and educational institutes under, or registered under, the Ministry of Education (KPM), can open for students based on KPM’s decisions.
  • Primary School Reopening
    Stage 1
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) All other students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 2
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Standard 1, 2 and 3 students can attend classes with rotation.
    d) Standard 4, 5 and 6 students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 3
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Pre-school / private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Standard 1, 2 and 3 students can attend classes with rotation.
    d) Standard 4, 5 and 6 students can attend classes with rotation.
  • Secondary School Reopening
    Stage 1
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in day / private schools can attend classes with rotation.
    f) Students sitting for other international exams can attend classes with rotation.
    g) All other students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 2
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM, Form 3 and Form 4 in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students sitting for other international exams can attend classes with rotation.
    f) Students sitting for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM, Form 3 and Form 4 in day / private schools can attend classes with rotation.
    g) Remove Class, Form 1 and Form 2 students will continue with online classes.
    Stage 3
    a) International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) All students in full boarding schools can attend classes without rotation.
    d) All other students, including students in private, international and expatriate schools can attend classes with rotation.
  • All Matriculation College students of the 2 Semester System and 4 Semester System (Semester 3) can attend classes, while students of the 4 Semester System (Semester 1) can either attend classes or online classes.
  • All Teachers Training Institute (IPG) students can return to campus in stages from 7 November 2021 for Group A states, and 8 November 2021 for Group B states.
  • All face-to-face and group learning are allowed, subject to the existing SOP.
  • Students are allowed to travel inter-state to attend school or other education institute with a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students are allowed to be accompanied by a guardian / parent while travelling to and from their school or other education institute.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in face-to-face classes are allowed to travel interstate, with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Students are allowed to travel interstate to their hostels with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students staying in hostels must test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit three times – before registering to enter, on the 6th day and on the 14th day in their hostel.
  • IPG students are encouraged to test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit a day before returning, or getting a screening test at a healthcare facility and notifying the IPG management of the results.
  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate.
  • All schools and skill training institutes other than those under KPM, tahfiz centre and other educational institutes are subject to their relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • All institutes of higher learning will be open in stages to students who are fully-vaccinated.
  • All learning activities in institutes of higher learning – face-to-face, in groups – are allowed for fully-vaccinated students. Hybrid learning will be conducted for students on campus, while online learning will continue for students who are unable to return to campus.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue hybrid studies.
  • Daycare and childcare facilities under the Welfare Department (JKM) are allowed to operate.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • The operators and employees of these kindergarten, childcare and care facilities must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Religion In Phase 4 Areas

  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the state Islamic religious authority.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Prayer activities are ALLOWED for individuals who are fully-vaccinated, subject to the rules and SOP of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation In Phase 4 Areas

  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational activities with physical contact are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational activities, with or without physical contact, done individually or in groups, are LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • The operation of all OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities at 100% employee and customer capacity is allowed, but limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are 18 years and younger, subject to compliance with strict SOP.
  • Group sports and recreational activities / training (without or without contact) are limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who below 18 years old, with supervision and limited to 1,000 persons at any one time, including the coach / instructor / parents, or less.
  • Sports and recreational activities or training, with or without physical touch, in groups are limited to 1,000 participants at any one time or up to venue capacity. Children below 18 years of age who are not fully vaccinated can perform these activities while accompanied or supervised by parents / guardian / coach / instructor who are fully-vaccinated. New!
  • All local or international championships and competitions, with or without physical touch, must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office. New!
  • Mass competitions or championships, must have PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office, and is limited to 1,000 participants at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on. Updated!
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 50% of capacity or 20,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals including their fully-vaccinated children (below 18 years of age). However, children who are not fully-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter. Updated!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the rules of the local authorities / relevant authorities.
  • The entry of foreign athlete, coach, official, technical help to Malaysia are subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!
  • Individuals who are not fully-vaccinated or unvaccinated are restricted to individual sports and recreational activities that do not involve touch, with physical distance of at least 1-3 metres performed outdoors.

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including at fishing ponds, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Creative Industry + Entertainment

  • All creative industry practitioners who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to resume these activities :
    – development and broadcast of recorded or live-streamed creative content
    – broadcast or livestream of information and entertainment
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered)
    – cinema activities

Tourism + Culture In Phase 4 Areas

  • Tourism and cultural activities are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to physical distancing and venue capacity.
    – tourism attractions like beach activities, water sports, snorkelling, scuba diving, sports fishing, edutainment centre, recreational park, extreme park, adventure park, nature park, farm, aquarium, zoo and so on.
    – special interest activities like golfing, scuba diving, cycling, angling, yachting and so on.
    – ecotourism activities like bird watching, caving, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, hiking, jungle trekking, camping and so on.
    – art, culture and heritage premises like museum, library, art gallery, art and cultural village, cultural shows and so on.
    – theme park and family entertainment centre
    – academic premises like science centre, planetarium and Petrosains.
    – tourism and cultural events.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate tourism is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals, except to EMCO (PKPD) areas or any areas restricted by the government.
  • Licensed and registered hotel and homestay are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • All other tourism and cultural activities, other than those specified in the Negative List, are allowed.

Cruise Ship

  • Cruise ships are ALLOWED to operate at 50% capacity, on the condition that all crew members and passengers are fully-vaccinated.
  • Pub and night club activities onboard are FORBIDDEN.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Driving School

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, with the condition that all workers, teaching staff and candidates must be fully-vaccinated, with COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed to work.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 4 SOP.

  • Night club or pub activities
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championships, competitions, and matches without Sports Commission Office permission. Updated!
  • All activities, gatherings or social events involving the Melaka State Elections, including the launching of election machinery from 25 October to 27 November 2021. New!
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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