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Malaysia No Longer Requires Traveller's Pass!

Malaysia No Longer Requires Traveller’s Pass!

All travellers to Malaysia will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Currently : Foreign Travellers Need Traveller’s Pass To Enter Malaysia!

Since 1 May 2022, the Malaysian government has liberalised air travel into Malaysia, waiving both quarantine and insurance requirements.

However, they still require foreign travellers to fill in their details in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass, prior to departure.

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

This requirement used to apply to Malaysian citizens too, but was waived starting 4 July 2022.

Read more : Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

 

Now : Traveller’s Pass No Longer Required To Travel To Malaysia!

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 31 July 2022 that all travellers will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

Starting Monday, 1 August 2022, all travellers to Malaysia – citizens and foreigners alike – will no longer be required to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass or Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

With this relaxation, travelling to Malaysia will essentially return to pre-pandemic norms. All you need to enter Malaysia is a valid passport, and a visa (if required).

 

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Malaysian Citizens Don’t Need MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass!

Citizens returning to Malaysia will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Currently : MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass Required To Enter Malaysia!

Since 1 May 2022, the Malaysian government has liberalised air travel into Malaysia, waiving both quarantine and insurance requirements.

However, they still require all travellers to fill in their details in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass, prior to departure.

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

This requirement applies to both citizens and foreigners alike – everyone must apply using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.

Read more : Air Travel To Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Requirements + SOP!

 

Now : Malaysian Citizens Don’t Need MySejahtera Traveller’s Pass!

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 1 July 2022 that Malaysian citizens will no longer be required to obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

Starting Monday, 4 July 2022, travellers to Malaysia will no longer be required to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, to obtain a Traveller’s Pass or Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).

However, this is currently limited only to Malaysian citizens. The government will gradually extend this privilege to other groups like social pass holders, students, and permanent residents.

Therefore, all travellers who are not Malaysian citizens must continue to fill in their details using the Traveller option in MySejahtera, and obtain the Traveller’s Pass.

 

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Are MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages A Scam?!

Are MySejahtera messages sent through the 68808 SMS service really a scam?!

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

 

Claim : MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages Are A Scam!

People are sharing this warning on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, as well as in WhatsApp and Telegram groups :

MySejahtera 通过 68808 发送短信要求用户 重置资料,请不要点击链接,这是钓鱼陷阱 骗局。
请转发广传出去给大家警惕,谢谢。

MySejahtera sending sms through 68808 to ask users to reset, pls do not click link. It’s a scam.

 

MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages Not Necessarily A Scam!

Many Malaysians are rightfully wary about clicking on links sent by SMS or WhatsApp.

There have been many scams involving fake SMS or WhatsApp messages, which we covered here in Tech ARP :

However, Malaysians are also too gullible, accepting all warnings on WhatsApp as genuine, without first verifying if they are even true.

Here are the reasons why the MySejahtera reset messages delivered by the 68808 SMS service are not necessarily a scam!

Fact #1 : 68808 Is Used By MySejahtera

Despite what people may tell you – 68808 is an official SMS service number used by MySejahtera.

In fact, MySejahtera uses three SMS service numbers to send you notifications (like your vaccination appointments), as well as your password renewal link :

68808
68088
63001

Fact #2 : 68808 Messages Are Generally Legitimate

Despite what is shared on social media, messages sent through 68808 are genuine. What you need to be wary of are SMS messages sent via other numbers.

Take a look at this example of fake news shared on social media, and some websites. It was touted as an example of fake MySejahtera messages sent by 68808.

The truth is “original” message was sent through 63839, which is not a legitimate MySejahtera SMS service. The “fake” message was sent through 68808, which is a legitimate MySejahtera SMS service.

In this misleading example, you can also see a prior SMS message on vehicle servicing in the 63839 channel. Official MySejahtera SMS channels (68808, 68088 and 63001) will only show messages from MySejahtera, not other services.

Note : The links in both messages appear to be genuine, linking to https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/.

Fact #3 : MySejahtera Sends Reset Links Via SMS

Despite what social media “experts” may tell you – MySejahtera will send password reset links through SMS, as a verification method.

If you are trying to reset your MySejahtera password (because you forgot it), you will be sent an SMS message with a link to https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/, as the example above shows.

Fact #4 : SMS Messages Can Be Spoofed

That said, SMS messages can be spoofed to appear to come from the three legitimate MySejahtera channels – 68808, 68088 and 63001.

So you should avoid clicking on MySejahtera password reset links, even from legitimate channels, unless you have specifically asked to reset the MySejahtera password.

Fact #5 : MySejahtera Team Clarified This In April

The MySejahtera team actually refuted these false claims in April 2022. Unfortunately, people still continue to share this fake news.

So please help us fight fake news – share this fact check with your family and friends!

 

How To Avoid MySejahtera (Or Other) SMS Scam!

So here is what I recommend when it comes to SMS messages, whether they were sent by MySejahtera, banks, etc. :

  1. Always check to make sure they come from legitimate SMS channels. For MySejahtera, that’s 68808, 68088 and 63001.
  2. If you are not sure about an SMS message from the authorities / banks / telcos, please do not hesitate to call them to verify the authenticity of that message.
  3. Never click on a link to log into a website (like your bank). Always use your banking app, or log in manually using a Internet browser on your computer or phone.
  4. Only click on a link in specific circumstances that do not require a login – for example : to verify your request to reset your MySejahtera password.
  5. Do NOT click on any link to confirm that you are resetting a password, or confirm your new SIM card, unless you just requested to performed those actions.
  6. Before you click on a link, always check the link goes to the official website (like https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/). Never click on a link that goes to suspicious websites.

I hope this article helps you differentiate between fake claims circulating on social media and WhatsApp groups, and proper cybersecurity measures we should take to prevent being scammed of our hard-earned money!

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Malaysia : Unvaccinated Allowed To Enter All Premises!

Malaysia will allow unvaccinated individuals to enter all premises!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Unvaccinated Will Be Allowed To Enter All Premises!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022unvaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter all private or public premises, s!

Owners of premises are only required to check the MySejahtera app of people entering, to prevent entry by :

  • Individuals who are still positive for COVID-19
  • Individuals who are still undergoing HSO (Home Surveillance Order) quarantine
    This includes travellers who are not fully-vaccinated, and just arrived in Malaysia

So please make sure you continue to use MySejahtera, even though it will also not be mandatory to check-in using the MySejahtera QR code.

You are also strongly advised to enable MySJ Trace, to help facilitate accurate contact tracing.

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

 

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Day 4 Test + Release For COVID-19 Positive In Malaysia!

Malaysia will initiate a faster Day 4 Test + Release procedure for COVID-19 positive cases!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Day 4 Test + Release For COVID-19 Positive In Malaysia!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022, this will be the new optional Test + Release procedure for COVID-19 positive cases :

  1. Once you test positive for COVID-19, you must undergo a 7-day HSO (Home Surveillance Order) quarantine.
  2. On Day 4 of the quarantine, you can undergo a supervised (physical or virtual) RTK-Ag test for COVID-19.
  3. The test result will be uploaded into your MySejahtera by the medical practitioner :
    a) If the test result is negative, you may end your quarantine with immediate effect
    b) If the test result is positive, you must complete your 7-day quarantine

No further test is required on Day 7, or thereafter, for those who tested positive on Day 4. You are immediately released from your quarantine.

Please note that the Day 4 test and release procedure is completely optional, and is meant to offer an expedited release from the HSO quarantine.

You can choose NOT to undertake the supervised RTK-Ag test on Day 4 of your quarantine. You just need to complete the full 7-day quarantine, and you will be released automatically.

 

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MySejahtera Check-In + Physical Distancing Will Be Optional!

You will NO LONGER be required to check-in using MySejahtera, or ensure physical distancing, in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

MySejahtera Check-In + Physical Distancing Will Be Optional!

On 27 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin announced a wide range of COVID-19 liberalisation moves :

Starting Sunday, May 1, 2022, all individuals – irrespective of vaccination status – will NO LONGER be required to check in at premises using MySejahtera.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health strongly recommends that you turn on MySJ Trace, to allow for accurate contact tracing.

That does not mean you can uninstall MySejahtera, because premise owners are still required to check your status – COVID-19 positive individuals, and those who have to undergo HSO quarantine are still NOT allowed into public spaces.

In addition, MySejahtera is required to show digital proof of your COVID-19 vaccination for travel purposes, as well for reporting your COVID-19 self-tests.

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

As all economic activities will now be allowed with 100% venue capacity, physical distancing is NO LONGER required, starting Sunday, May 1, 2022.

However, the Ministry of Health strongly recommends physical distancing in crowded situations, especially if you are not wearing a face mask.

 

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How To Fix Missing MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate!

Some people recently noticed that their MySejahtera vaccine certificate has gone missing… disappeared into the ether.

Find out what’s going on, and what you can do to fix the problem!

 

Missing MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate : What’s Going On?

Back in October 2021, the MySejahtera app introduced the ability to generate a PDF version of the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

However, people started noticing that their vaccine certificate has gone missing in MySejahtera. It literally just disappeared.

There is also no option to generate a PDF copy, and of course, no longer the ability to download it.

Read more : How To Get PDF Of Vaccine Certificate In MySejahtera!

 

How To Fix Missing MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

The mystery of the missing MySejahtera vaccine certificate has confounded us for a long time.

We suggested that users try clearing the app cache, and reinstalling MySejahtera, but it didn’t work.

Finally, the MySejahtera team revealed that the vaccine certificate went missing for people who did not verify their account!

The solution is simple – you must verify your MySejahtera account, to get access to your missing vaccine certificate!

Below is our video guide on how to verify your MySejahtera account. Just follow the guide, and you will get your vaccine certificate back in MySejahtera.

For the step-by-step guide, please see our guide, How To Enable MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick!

 

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Air Travel to Malaysia : Test + Quarantine SOP For April 2022!

Here are the LATEST air travel procedures and SOP for those who are flying to Malaysia!

Updated @ 2022-04-12 : Added RTK-Ag option for Singaporean travellers, RTK-Ag testing requirement for transit to Sabah / Sarawak, and other updates
Updated @ 2022-03-31 : Added new updates to the air travel procedures
Updated @ 2022-03-25 : Added the air travel procedures
Originally posted @ 2022-01-24

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine SOP From 1 April 2022!

On 9 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that new quarantine rules for travellers to Malaysia.

These COVID-19 test and quarantine rules take effect from Friday, 1 April 2022 onwards.

But there have been a few updates, so check the latest requirements below!

A. Travellers Undergoing Quarantine : Immediate Release!

For travellers who started undergoing quarantine prior to 1 April 2022, their quarantine orders will be rescinded on 1 April 2022.

They will no longer be under quarantine on 1 April 2022, irrespective of when they started their quarantine.

B. Children + Teenagers : No Quarantine!

Children and teenagers who are 17 years old or younger do NOT need to undergo quarantine, irrespective of their vaccination status.

Only children and teenagers 7-17 years old need to undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

Children who are less than 7 years old do not need to undergo any PCR test before departure, or after arrival in Malaysia.

C. Travellers From Singapore : No Quarantine!

Travellers from Singapore do NOT need to undergo quarantine, irrespective of their vaccination status. However, travellers 7 years and older age need to undergo :

  • a PCR or professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia

Children who are less than 7 years old do not need to undergo any PCR or RTK-Ag test before departure.

And all travellers from Singapore are exempt from testing after arrival in Malaysia.

D. Vaccinated Adults : No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated adults (18 years and older), with or without a booster dose, do NOT need to undergo quarantine on arrival in Malaysia. However, they must undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

E. Vaccinated + Post COVID-19 : No Quarantine!

Fully-vaccinated individuals who recovered from COVID-19 (infected in the last 6-60 days) do NOT need to undergo quarantine on arrival in Malaysia.

However, if they were not hospitalised, they must undergo :

  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

If they were hospitalised, they can use a Fit To Travel letter from the hospital.

F. Unvaccinated with Medical Exemption : No Quarantine!

Unvaccinated individuals with a medical exemption will be allowed, on a case-by-case basis, to travel to Malaysia without a mandatory quarantine.

However, they must undergo :

  • a PCR test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

G. Unvaccinated Adults : 5 Day Quarantine

Adult travellers (18 years and older) who are not fully-vaccinated, or completely unvaccinated, must :

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

After completing their quarantine, these travellers must comply with existing restrictions on individuals who lack the Fully Vaccinated status in Malaysia. For example, they will not be able to dine-in at restaurants.

Travellers who are exempt from vaccination for health reasons must upload the evidence of medical exemption into the MySejahtera app.

H. Unvaccinated + Post COVID-19 : 5 Day Quarantine

Unvaccinated individuals who recovered from COVID-19 (infected in the last 6-60 days) must:

  • undergo a 5-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in Malaysia, and
  • undergo a PCR test on Day 4, or a professional RTK-Ag test on Day 5.

If they were not hospitalised, they must undergo :

  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 48 hours before departure to Malaysia, and
  • a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

If they were hospitalised, they can use a Fit To Travel letter from the hospital.

 

Latest Malaysia Air Travel Procedure From 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health issued the official procedure for travellers who arrive by air, that will take effect from 1 April 2022 onwards.

Before Departure

  1. Download the MySejahtera app, and register for your MySejahtera account.
  2. Click on the Traveller icon in MySejahtera, and complete the pre-departure form
    a) fully-vaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Traveller’s Card
    b) partially vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers will receive a Digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO).
  3. All travellers 7 years and above must undergo a PCR test 2 days before departure.
  4. Travellers from Singapore can opt for either a PCR test or a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure.
  5. Those who had a previous COVID-19 infection (within 6-60 days before departure) must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test 2 days before departure, or alternatively, have a Free-To-Travel letter if they were hospitalised for COVID-19 during that time.
  6. Non-Malaysian citizens (except Singaporean citizens) must purchase travel and COVID-19 insurance worth at least US$20,000.
  7. Partially-vaccinated or unvaccinated Singaporean citizens must purchase travel and COVID-19 insurance worth at least US$20,000.

On Arrival

  1. All travellers 7 years and above must undergo a professional RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
    a) this professional RTK-Ag test can be performed at any health facility of your choice
    b) COVID-19 breathalyser / professional RTK-Ag tests are available at the airport
    c) Cost of on-arrival RTK-Ag test must be borne by the travellers.
  2. Children below the age of 7, and travellers from Singapore are exempted from the on-arrival test.
  3. Partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated travellers must undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine.
  4. IMPORTANT : Travellers transiting through Malaysian international airports to Sabah or Sarawak must undergo professional RTK-Ag at the airport, before departing.

Testing Positive On Arrival

If you test positive on arrival, you must undergo a mandatory quarantine of :

  • Fully vaccinated : 7 days
  • Partially vaccinated / unvaccinated : 10 days

Testing Positive During Quarantine

If you are a partially vaccinated / unvaccinated traveller, you will need to undergo a 5-day quarantine, and get tested on Day 4 (PCR) or Day 5 (RTK-Ag).

If you test positive on Day 4 or Day 5, your quarantine will get extended for 5 more days.

 

Malaysia Air Travel Test + Quarantine SOP : Summary

To make it easier to compare the myriad air travel requirements to Malaysia, I created this table to summarise the key requirements.

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 7 Years) * No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Travellers From
Singapore
PCR test or
professional
RTK-Ag **
within 2 days
No Test Required
Boosted (≥18 Years) PCR test
within 2 days
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
of arrival
On-Arrival
Professional
RTK-Ag
for travellers
transiting to
Sabah or
Sarawak
Fully Vaccinated
Fully Vaccinated
+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised
Children / Teenagers
(7-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

5-Day Quarantine
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(6-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter **
if hospitalised

* By year of birth
** Also professional RTK-Ag if recovered from COVID-19 infection 6-60 days before departure
*** FTT = Fit To Travel

 

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MySJ Trace Won’t Work With Bluetooth On? Here’s The Fix!

Did MySJ Trace stop working, even with Bluetooth enabled?

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

 

MySJ Trace Won’t Work, Even With Bluetooth On!

Recently, you may have noticed that MySJ Trace stopped working, 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 Won’t Work With Bluetooth On

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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How To Add MySJ Vaccine Certificate To Apple Wallet + Health

Find out how to add your MySejahtera vaccine certificate to Apple Wallet and Apple Health!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Apple Wallet + Health Now Support MySJ Vaccine Certificate!

When Apple released iOS 15.4, it included support for the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) in both Apple Wallet and Apple Health.

This allows you to store your EUDCC in Apple Wallet, and verifiable versions of your COVID-19 vaccinations, lab results and recovery records in Apple Health.

Happily, the EU officially accepted the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate, connecting Malaysia to the EUDCC trust framework on 4 April 2022.

Now that’s done, you can add your MySejahtera vaccine certificate to both Apple Wallet and Apple Health!

Read more : EU Officially Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate!

 

How To Add MySJ Vaccine Certificate To Apple Wallet + Health!

In this video, we will show you how to add your MySejahtera vaccine certificate to both Apple Wallet and Apple Health.

Read more : How To Get PDF Of Vaccine Certificate In MySejahtera!

For those who prefer a pictorial guide, here are the steps :

Step 1 : Please make sure you update to iOS 15.4 or newer. We highly recommend upgrading to the latest iOS 15.4.1.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera and look for the QR codes :
a) Go to MySejahtera > Profile
b) Scroll down to your digital COVID-19 certificate
c) Tap on the Show QR button
d) Take screenshots of the QR codes, or photos of them using another phone. Please make sure each screenshot or photo only has a single QR code.
You can also find these QR codes in the PDF version of your vaccine certificate.

Step 3 : You will now need to scan the QR codes. There are three ways to do it.

Option A : Use Camera App

Use this method if you took photos of the QR codes using a different phone, or you printed the QR codes.

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Aim the rear camera at one of the QR codes in your MySejahtera vaccine certificate.
  3. The Camera app will recognise the QR code and ask you if you wish to add to Wallet & Health.
  4. Tap on the notification.
  5. Tap on the Add to Wallet & Health option.
  6. Tap Done.

Option B : Use Photos

Use this method if you took screenshots of the QR codes. But please make sure each screenshot only has one QR code.

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap on the screenshot of your QR code to open it.
  3. Tap on the QR code in the image, and hold.
  4. Tap on the notification “Open in Health“.
  5. Tap on the Add to Wallet & Health option.
  6. Tap Done.

Option C : Use Wallet

Use this method if you took photos of the QR codes using a different phone, or you printed the QR codes.

  1. Open the Wallet app.
  2. Tap on the Get button.
  3. Tap on the Scan Code option to launch the Camera app.
  4. Aim the rear camera at one of the QR codes in your MySejahtera vaccine certificate.
  5. The Camera app will recognise the QR code and ask you if you wish to add to Wallet & Health.
  6. Tap on the notification.
  7. Tap on the Add to Wallet & Health option.
  8. Tap Done.

Step 4 : Repeat Step 3 for all of the QR codes in your MySejahtera vaccine certificate, and you are done!

You should now see all of your MySejahtera vaccine certificate QR codes in your Apple Wallet. If you have three QR codes, all three should appear.

This will allow any health authority to quickly check and verify all of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

This is similar to showing them your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate in MySejahtera.

You will also find your MySejahtera vaccination details in Apple Health, under Immunisations.

If you tap on Immunisations, you will see a list of your COVID-19 vaccinations, including the type of vaccine and when you received them.

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How To Get Your MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick!

You may be wondering WHY you should get the Verified blue tick in MySejahtera, and HOW to get it.

Here is everything you need to know about the new MySejahtera Verified blue tick!

 

MySejahtera Verified Blue Tick : What Is It?

You may have noticed that your MySejahtera now has a Verified blue tick under your name in the Check-In screen.

The MySejahtera Verified blue tick confirms that your full name and MyKad or passport numbers have been verified, and tied to this MySejahtera account (MySJ ID).

Some of you may see a Verify Now button instead. This may occur if you did not submit your full name, or submitted the wrong MyKad or passport numbers.

This MySejahtera Verified badge is not just for “show” – without a verified MySejahtera account, your vaccine certificate is no longer accessible!

Read more : MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate Missing? Here’s The Fix!

 

How To Get Verified Blue Tick In MySejahtera : Video Guide

Watch our video guide on what you need to do to get your Verified blue tick!

How To Get Verified Blue Tick In MySejahtera : Pictorial Guide

Here are the steps for those who prefer a pictorial guide :

Step 1 : Make sure you update to MySejahtera version 1.1.8 or newer.

You do not have to uninstall, and reinstall MySejahtera. Just go to the Google Play Store / Apple App Store / HUAWEI AppGallery and click on the Update option.

Step 2 : In the default Check-In screen, you should see a red Verify Now button. Click on it.

Step 3 : In the Verification page, check to make sure these details are accurate :

  • Name : Please key in your full name, ensuring that it matches your MyKad or passport. This includes Bin, Binti, A/P or A/L as required.
  • IC/Passport No. : This is either the MyKad or passport number you registered under this MySejahtera account.
  • MySJ ID : This is either the phone number / email address you used to register this MySejahtera account.

Step 4 : Click on the Edit option to make the necessary changes.

Step 5 : Once you are done, click Confirm to send your details to the MySejahtera team.

That’s it! Once your details are verified, you will receive a Verified blue tick in the Check-in screen of your MySejahtera app.

Now that you know how to get the Verified blue tick in MySejahtera, please tell your family and friends!

Feel free to share this guide with them!

 

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EU Officially Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate!

The EU has officially accepted the MySejahtera digital COVID certificate from Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

EU Officially Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate!

On 4 April 2022, the EU Ambassador to Malaysia, Michalis Rokas, announced that Malaysia has officially been connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate trust framework.

Some great news: The EU 🇪🇺 has accepted Malaysia 🇲🇾 @officialmosti
request for establishing the equivalence between EU’s Digital Covid Certificate and Malaysia’s MySejahtera.

This decision was actually agreed during the EU Commission Implementing Decision 2022/534 on 1 April 2022, but only took effect after it was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, L 105 on 4 April 2022.

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/534 of 1 April 2022 establishing the equivalence, for the purpose of facilitating the right of free movement within the Union, of COVID-19 certificates issued by Malaysia to the certificates issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

 

EU Accepts Malaysia Digital COVID Certificate : What Does It Mean?

But what exactly does it mean by this EU decision to accept Malaysia’s MySejahtera digital COVID certificate?

To help you understand what this means, I created this FAQ :

What Is The EU Digital COVID Certificate?

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital verification system that certifies that the person has

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19, or
  • received a negative test result *, or
  • recovered from COVID-19

The EUDCC basically confirms that the person does not have COVID-19, or has immunity against COVID-19.

* Validity : 72 hours (PCR tests), 48 hours (rapid antigen tests)

It is basically the European Union equivalent of the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate issued by Malaysia.

Read more : EU Digital COVID Certificate – A Comedy Of Errors!

Does It Mean Malaysians Will Receive The EUDCC?

No, Malaysians will not receive the Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), which is the EU equivalent of the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate.

The EUDCC is used only by residents in the 27 EU countries, and a few non-EU countries that are in the Schengen Area, or have an open border with the EU :

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

If you have been fully-vaccinated with an EU-authorities vaccine, you may request for an EUDCC, but that’s a separate matter altogether.

So The EU Accepts The MySejahtera Certificate?

Yes. European Union countries will accept the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate as equivalent to the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

This is reciprocal – Malaysia will also accept the EUDCC as equivalent to the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificate.

This means that holders of certificates issued by these two countries will be able to use them under the same conditions as holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate.

At the same time, the two countries agreed to accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate for travel from the EU to their countries.

What Are The Advantages Of Connecting To EUDCC?

The instant Malaysia is connected to the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, all MySejahtera digital COVID-19 certificates are automatically valid in the EU.

Malaysian travellers to the EU will be exempted from travel-related testing or quarantine across the entire EU+ are, including all Schengen Member States, and the four Schengen Associated States – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Is This Necessary For Free Movement In EU?

No, the MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or the the EU Digital COVID Certificate are not necessary for free movement, which is a fundamental right in the European Union.

Unvaccinated individuals are still free to travel across the EU. They are just subject to restrictions like testing or quarantine.

 

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How To Update Date of Birth In MySejahtera!

Find out how to update your Date of Birth in MySejahtera, for a CORRECT vaccination status and digital vaccine certificate!

 

Why You MUST Update Date Of Birth In MySejahtera!

On 2 April 2022, the MySejahtera team urged everyone to update their Date of Birth in the MySejahtera app. Otherwise, you could lose your vaccination status!

If you have the Fully Vaccinated status, it could disappear, or change to Partially Vaccinated, or Unvaccinated. Your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also be incomplete.

So make sure you update your Date of Birth in MySejahtera ASAP, not only for yourself, but also your vaccine dependents!

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

 

How To Update Date of Birth In MySejahtera : Video Guide

Here is our video guide on how to update the date of birth in MySejahtera for yourself, as well as your vaccine dependents.

For those who prefer a pictorial guide, here is our step-by-step guide.

Updating Your Date of Birth In MySejahtera

If you are the only one using your MySejahtera account, here is what you need to do :

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to the latest version.

Step 2 : Launch MySejahtera, and close the default Check in screen.

Step 3 : Click on the Profile icon at the bottom right of the MySejahtera main screen.

Step 4 : Click on the hamburger (Settings) icon at the upper right of the Profile screen.

Step 5 : In the Settings screen, click on My Personal Details.

Step 6 : In the My Details screen, click on the Date of Birth option to select your Date of Birth. Once you have updated your Date of Birth, it will get locked (note the lock icon), so make sure it is correct.

Step 7 : Click on the Save button to submit your Date of Birth.

That’s it! You have successfully updated your Date of Birth in MySejahtera.

If your MySejahtera vaccination status disappeared or was wrongly display, it will now appear correctly. Your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also now be complete!

Updating Your Vaccine Dependents’ Date Of Birth

Here is what you need to do, if you have vaccine dependents under your MySejahtera account.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to the latest version.

Step 2 : Launch MySejahtera, and close the default Check in screen.

Step 3 : Click on the Profile icon at the bottom right of the MySejahtera main screen.

Step 4 : Scroll to the bottom of the Profile screen, until you see a list of your vaccine dependents (My Dependent Status).

Step 5 : Click on the vaccine dependent of your choice.

Step 6 : Scroll down your vaccine dependent’s status, until you see his/her Digital Certificate.

Step 7 : Click on the Show QR option at the lower left section of his/her Digital Certificate.

Step 8 : In the pop-up screen that appears, click on Take me there.

Step 9 : In the Dependent Status page, tap on the Date of Birth option to select your vaccine dependent’s date of birth.

If you registered your vaccine dependent using a passport, you have the option of updating his/her passport details (Passport No. and Country of Origin), if it has been renewed.

Step 10 : Double check to make sure you entered the correct information, and click on the Save button.

That’s it! You have successfully updated your vaccine dependent’s Date of Birth in MySejahtera.

If your vaccine dependent’s MySejahtera vaccination status disappeared or was wrongly display, it will now appear correctly.

Your vaccine dependent’s digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also now be complete!

Read more : How to get PDF of Vaccine Certificate in MySejahtera?

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Booster Deadline For Seniors + Sinovac Extended… Again!

The deadline for ALL senior citizens and Sinovac vaccine recipients to receive a booster dose in Malaysia has been extended… AGAIN!

 

Booster Deadline For Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended Again!

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose by 28 February 2022.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

On 24 February 2022, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the deadline has been extended, and both groups will have until the 31 March 2022 to get their booster dose.

On 1 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) extended the deadline again, this time by three (3) months.

This means individuals in both groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status only on 1 July 2022, .

To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.

 

KKM Still Offers Sinovac Booster Dose

On 7 February, the Health Minister also shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.

To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is now offering Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.

KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.

They are only offering the Sinovac booster dose, because it is better than not taking one at all. As Khairy quipped, “If you are going to travel to a cold country and refuse the coat that KKM offers, it’s better that we give you a t-shirt than let you go naked“.

That’s quite an apt description, as recent studies (here, here and here) have shown that the Sinovac booster dose is about as useful as a t-shirt in winter.

That said, Khairy also said that there are currently no plans for a 4th shot for Sinovac recipients.

Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

That is why I completely agree with KKM, and highly recommend that Sinovac recipients opt for the much better Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

If you prefer a Chinese vaccine for work or geopolitical reasons, then opt for the Sinopharm vaccine, which is at least slightly better than the Sinovac vaccine.

But no matter what you choose – please get the booster dose ASAP.

You can walk-in for your booster dose at any Mega PPV or Offsite PPV, or get an appointment at a GP PPV. So it’s really convenient.

Read more : Walk-In Booster Dose Available At All PPVs Across Malaysia!

 

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Foreign Travellers To Malaysia Must Have US$20K Insurance!

Foreign travellers will need to purchase travel insurance of at least US$20K in value before travelling to Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Foreign Travellers Can Visit Malaysia Without Quarantine!

On 8 March 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaacob, announced that Malaysia will reopen all international borders on 1 April 2022.

  1. All Malaysian citizens can travel freely internationally, as long as they have valid travel documents.
  2. All foreigners with valid travel documents can freely travel in and out of Malaysia, without apply for MyTravelPass, which will be abolished.
  3. All travellers have to activate MySejahtera, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.
  4. All travellers who are fully-vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine do not need to undergo any quarantine.
  5. However, travellers must show a negative RT-PCR test taken within 2 days before departure.
  6. In addition, travellers must undergo a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia, and report the results in MySejahtera.

Read more : Air Travel to Malaysia : Procedures + SOP From 1 April 2022!

 

Foreign Travellers To Malaysia Must Have US$20K Insurance!

On 30 March 2022, the Ministry of Health dropped a little bombshell just days before Malaysia reopened its international borders.

Starting 1 April 2022, all foreign travellers to Malaysia must purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance with coverage of at least US$20,000 before travelling to Malaysia.

This rule applies to all foreign travellers entering Malaysia on a short-term social pass, irrespective of vaccination status.

Foreign travellers must declare their COVID-19 and travel insurance policy in the MySejahtera app, before travelling to Malaysia.

The COVID-19 and travel insurance policy will be used to pay for any quarantine, treatment or hospitalisation costs, in case they get infected with COVID-19 while in Malaysia.

Only these groups are exempted from the requirement to purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance :

  • Fully-vaccinated citizens of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated permanent residents of Singapore or Malaysia
  • Fully-vaccinated Long-term Pass Holders of Singapore or Malaysia

In other words, if you are a Singapore citizen / permanent resident / long-term pass holder who is NOT fully-vaccinated, you must purchase COVID-19 and travel insurance with coverage of at least US$20,000 before travelling to Malaysia.

These insurance exemptions apply to all those who enter Malaysia through Singapore by air, land or sea.

 

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No Booster : Only Vaccine Status Will Change, Not Digital Cert!

If you do not get a booster dose by end of March, your vaccine status will change, but you will NOT lose your digital vaccine certificate!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Claim : No Booster, Lose Your Digital Vaccine Cert!

People are still falsely claiming that those who do not get their booster dose by end of March, will see their digital vaccine certificates deleted.

Their false claims are based on this message that went viral on WhatsApp earlier.

Next week the govt will wipe off the digital certs from the 2 million vaccinated people who refuse to take the 3rd booster.

In case Mysejahtera By MISTAKE also wipe ours off, it is suggested :

#Better screenshot your digital cert and the booster’s info on my sej now and keep it.

Next week MOH will clean up the vaccinated status for those who did not take the booster jab. They may mistakenly clear yours too.

 

Truth : No Booster = Only Vaccine Status Will Change, Not Digital Cert!

I had earlier fact checked it as fake news, but some people still insist that it’s true.

So let me say it once more – this is FAKE NEWS, and repeating it will not make it true!

Fact #1 : KKM Called It Fake News

On 28 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) labelled the post as fake news.

They are a bit late to the game, but hey – at least, it’s official!

Fact #2 : Only Vaccination Status Will Change On 1 April 2022

The only thing that will change on 1 April 2022 is your MySejahtera vaccination status.

On 24 March 2022, the government announced that starting 1 April 2022, there will be four possible vaccination status in MySejahtera (from best to worst) :

  • Boosted
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Partially Vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated

Approximately 2.37 million vaccinated people who refused to receive the booster dose will lose their Fully Vaccinated status. They will instead be downgraded to Partially Vaccinated.

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

Fact #3 : Your Digital Vaccine Certificate Will Not Change

The digital vaccine certificate is a legal record that acknowledges and verifies that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

It not only lists the number of doses you have received, it also includes other details like the date of vaccinations, as well as vaccine manufacturer and batch.

The digital vaccine certificate does NOT include your vaccination status, and will not change unless you receive additional vaccine doses.

Fact #4 : Your Digital Vaccine Certificate Will Not Be Deleted

The government is NOT going to delete your digital vaccine certificate if you refuse the booster dose.

The digital vaccine certificate is a legal record of your COVID-19 vaccinations, and cannot be deleted even if you do not receive the booster dose.

It is like your SPM examination records. Just because you refuse to go to college, they cannot delete your SPM results.

If you refuse the booster dose, your digital vaccine certificate will remain with the two doses you took earlier.

You can, for example, continue to use your digital vaccine certificate to travel to countries that only require the primary series vaccination (without booster dose).

Fact #5 : You Can Download + Print Digital Vaccine Certificate

The viral advice also stupidly asks you to take a screenshot of the digital vaccine certificate.

Why do that when you already have the option to download a PDF copy, which you can save and print?

This PDF download option was introduced in MySejahtera months ago – in October 2021.

You can follow the video below (or these step-by-step instructions) to find out how to generate a PDF copy of your digital vaccine certificate, which you can save, download and print.

Read more : How to get PDF of Vaccine Certificate in MySejahtera?

The government is NOT going to delete your digital vaccine certificate for not getting the booster dose. They will only change your vaccine status in MySejahtera.

Please verify all viral messages you get on WhatsApp… and please help us fight fake news by SHARING this fact check!

 

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KKM : MySejahtera Was NOT Sold To Private Company!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health has clarified that the MySejahtera app and its data was not sold to any private company.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Claim : MySejahtera Was Sold To Private Company!

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed that MySejahtera will be sold to a private company – MySJ Sdn. Bhd. through direct negotiation.

The MySejahtera application was rolled out in April 2020, under the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM). It was built by KPISoft (now Entomo) as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative.

According to his statement, the government appointed MySJ Sdn. Bhd. through direct negotiation to take over MySejahtera on 26 November 2021.

Then in December 2021, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proposed that the government should take over MySejahtera since it is now “an integral part of the national health system”.

 

KKM : MySejahtera Was NOT Be Sold To Private Company!

On 27 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin issued a press statement, clarifying that the government did not sell MySejahtera to any private company.

Here are the key points of his statement on the claims that MySejahtera was sold to MySJ Sdn. Bhd. :

  1. On 26 November 2021, the government decided that MySejahtera is owned by the government, and the Ministry of Health (KKM) was appointed as the main owner of the application.
  2. The government did not pay KPISoft any money for the development of MySejahtera, which was carried out from 27 March 2020 until 31 March 2021.
    This was based on the company’s offer to let the government use the app for one year for free, as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
  3. After the CSR period ended on 31 March 2021, the government agreed to extend the use of MySejahtera, and work with KPISoft to expand its features.
  4. On 26 November 2021, the government ordered KKM to form a Price Negotiation Committee comprising of stakeholder agencies to negotiate the purchase and service maintenance of MySejahtera for two (2) years.
    The scope of the procurement and management of the MySejahtera app included operating MySejahtera, system development including additional modules, maintenance, datacenter management and third-party services like Google Map and Places API, as well as SMS services.
  5. On 28 February 2022, the Ministry of Finance approved KKM’s procurement of the MySejahtera app.
  6. MySejahtera data has been under KKM’s supervision from the first day it was used, and the data is processed according to KKM procedures.
  7. KKM does not share MySejahtera data with any government agency, or private companies.
  8. All data from the MySejahtera app are uploaded to a cloud server network, and can only be accessed by the MySejahtera app only.

In short, the MySejahtera app was not sold to any private company, and was purchased by the Ministry of Health with approval from the Ministry of Finance on 28 February 2022.

 

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Is Govt Going To Wipe Out Your Digital Vaccine Certificate?!

Is the government going to wipe out your digital vaccine certificate in MySejahtera?!

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

 

Claim : Government Is Going To Wipe Out Digital Vaccine Certificates!

People are sharing this alarming message on WhatsApp, claiming that the Malaysian government is going to wipe out the digital vaccine certificates for at least 2 million people.

It also warned that the wiping process could take out everyone else’s digital vaccine certificates too.

Next week the govt will wipe off the digital certs from the 2 million vaccinated people who refuse to take the 3rd booster.

In case Mysejahtera By MISTAKE also wipe ours off, it is suggested :

#Better screenshot your digital cert and the booster’s info on my sej now and keep it.

Next week MOH will clean up the vaccinated status for those who did not take the booster jab. They may mistakenly clear yours too.

 

Truth : Govt. Is NOT Going To Wipe Out Digital Vaccine Certificates!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created and shared on WhatsApp on a daily basis, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : KKM Called It Fake News

On 28 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) labelled the post as fake news.

They are a bit late to the game, but hey – at least, it’s official!

Fact #2 : Only Vaccination Status Will Change On 1 April 2022

The only thing that will change on 1 April 2022 is your vaccination status.

On 24 March 2022, the government announced that starting 1 April 2022, there will be four possible vaccination status in MySejahtera (from best to worst) :

  • Boosted
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Partially Vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated

Approximately 2.37 million vaccinated people who refused to receive the booster dose will lose their Fully Vaccinated status. They will instead be downgraded to Partially Vaccinated.

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

Fact #3 : Digital Vaccine Certificates Will Not Change

The digital vaccine certificate is a legal record that acknowledges and verifies that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

It not only lists the number of doses you have received, it also includes other details like the date of vaccinations, as well as vaccine manufacturer and batch.

The digital vaccine certificate does NOT include your vaccination status, and will not change unless you receive additional vaccine doses.

Fact #4 : Digital Vaccine Certificates Will Not Be Deleted

Let me be clear – the government is NOT going to wipe out the digital vaccine certificate of people who refuse the booster dose.

The digital vaccine certificate is a legal record of your COVID-19 vaccinations, and cannot be deleted even if you do not receive the booster dose.

It is like your SPM examination records. Just because you refuse to go to college, they cannot delete your SPM results.

If you refuse the booster dose, your digital vaccine certificate will remain with the two doses you took earlier.

You can, for example, continue to use your digital vaccine certificate to travel to countries that only require the primary series vaccination (without booster dose).

Fact #5 : You Can Download + Print Digital Vaccine Certificate

The viral advice also stupidly asks you to take a screenshot of the digital vaccine certificate.

Why do that when you already have the option to download a PDF copy, which you can save and print?

This PDF download option was introduced in MySejahtera months ago – in October 2021.

You can follow the video below (or these step-by-step instructions) to find out how to generate a PDF copy of your digital vaccine certificate, which you can save, download and print.

Read more : How to get PDF of Vaccine Certificate in MySejahtera?

In summary – the government is NOT going to wipe out your digital vaccine certificate next week.

Please verify all viral messages you get on WhatsApp… and please help us fight fake news by SHARING this fact check!

 

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Alert : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

Please note that your COVID-19 vaccination status in Malaysia will change on 1 April 2022, depending on the vaccine and number of doses you received.

Take a look at the finalised schedule of COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will take effect very soon!

 

Vaccination Status Changes For Seniors, Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients

On 24 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose by 31 March 2022.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

That was extended on 24 March 2022, to include individuals 18 years and older who were fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine as well.

Starting 1 April 2022, individuals in all three groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status.

To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health also announced changes to the COVID-19 vaccination status, adding a new Booster status.

From 1 April 2022 onwards, there will be four possible vaccination status in MySejahtera (from best to worst) :

  • Boosted
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Partially Vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated

Please note that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is offering four different booster doses for FREE.

They are also allowing you to walk-into the nearest PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) for your booster dose.

So take this opportunity to get a boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

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

 

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Please Ignore Extra MySejahtera Booster Dose Appointment!

Malaysians have been getting extra booster dose appointment notifications in MySejahtera.

Find out what’s going on, and why you should ignore them!

 

Extra MySejahtera Booster Dose Appointment?!

Malaysians have recently been receiving extra booster dose notifications out of the blue, even though they :

  • had already received their booster dose; or
  • are parents or guardians of children / adolescents under 18 years of age.

Many received the SMS notification about the extra booster dose, while some actually received a new booster dose appointment in MySejahtera.

Read more : MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate Missing? Here’s The Fix!

 

Please IGNORE Extra MySejahtera Booster Dose Appointment!

On 23 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the MySejahtera appointment system had a technical issue, accidentally sending out those extra booster dose notifications.

If you get these extra booster dose appointments, please just IGNORE THEM if :

  • you have already received your booster dose, or
  • you are the parents / guardians for children or adolescents under 18 years of age

If you already accepted and set an appointment for your fourth dose (extra booster dose), or a booster dose for your children or adolescent under 18 years of age, please CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT.

Currently, KKM only recommends giving the COVID-19 booster dose to adults 18 years and above. They also have not approved a second booster dose or fourth dose to adults.

Please note that all PPVs have been alerted about this problem, and will turn away :

  • children or adolescents coming for their booster dose, and
  • individuals coming for their second booster dose / fourth dose

Please help to alert your family and friends about this technical issue with MySejahtera!

 

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How To Register Overseas Vaccination In MySejahtera!

Find out how to register your overseas vaccination in MySejahtera, to get your digital COVID-19 certificate!

 

Why Get MySejahtera Digital Certificate For Overseas Vaccination?

Everyone who gets vaccinated in Malaysia receives a MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate, as well as a physical vaccination card.

They are both accepted as proof of your vaccination, but the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate is definitely much more convenient to use.

You can still use your physical vaccination card, but you will still need to show your MySejahtera profile for them to verify your identity. So it’s not as convenient.

 

How To Register Overseas Vaccination In MySejahtera!

If you were vaccinated overseas, you are in a pickle because you will not have a MySejahtera digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Neither can you use your foreign physical vaccination card, as they are not recognised in Malaysia.

Earlier, you were required to submit your documents to the nearest district health office (PKD), but JKJAV also introduced the ability to register your overseas vaccination online!

So here are the steps on how to do register your overseas vaccination in the MySejahtera app or the MySejahtera website!

  1. Open the MySejahtera app, and click Close on the default check-in page.
    Alternatively, open the MySejahtera Helpdesk on your web browser, and go to Step 3.
  2. Select the MySejahtera Helpdesk option in the main screen.
  3. Select the option called I have received my vaccination overseas and would like to obtain my digital vaccination certificate in MySejahtera.
    Note :
    This was originally the N option, then became the M option, before finally becoming the current L option. So just ignore the alphabet.
  4. Choose to either apply for yourself, or for your dependent.
    If you need to apply for yourself and your dependent, you will need to repeat this process.

  1. Select your MySejahtera user ID – whether it’s your mobile number, or your email address.
    Then key in the relevant information, including the email address at which they should write to you.

  1. Key in your telephone number and email address.

  1. Select whether you had the first dose only, the second dose only, or both doses.

  1. You will be asked to fill in your vaccination details.

  1. Finally, you will need to ppload a picture of your foreign vaccination card or document.

But if you prefer, you can still submit your foreign vaccination certificate / card / document to the nearest District Health Office (PKD).

Once verified, your overseas vaccination details will be submitted to the MySejahtera team, and you will be issued a digital COVID-19 certificate.

 

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Malaysia To Reopen + Move Towards COVID-19 Endemicity!

Malaysia is set to reopen nationwide, as it moves towards COVID-19 endemicity!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia To Reopen + Move Towards COVID-19 Endemicity!

On 8 March 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaacob, announced that Malaysia will reopen and move towards COVID-19 endemicity.

Here are the new changes that will come into effect on Friday, 1 April 2022 :

  1. It is still mandatory to wear face masks in public.
  2. Restrictions on business operating hours are eliminated. Businesses can operate as long as they wish, or are licensed for. 24 hours eateries, for example, can now open 24 hours.
  3. Logging in using MySejahtera is still mandatory, except for open spaces that are not crowded or do not have gatherings.
  4. Using MySJ Trace is mandatory for indoor areas that are filled with people.
  5. The Federal Government will allow people to undertake religious activities without physical distancing. Each state will determine if they will adopt this recommendation, or still insist on physical distancing.
  6. Employee / staff attendance based on vaccination rate is abolished.
  7. All individuals are allowed to travel interstate, irrespective of vaccination status.
  8. All employees / staff will be allowed to work, irrespective of vaccination status.
  9. The 50% limit on venue capacity for group activities / gatherings (for example, wedding dinners) is abolished. However, there should be reasonable physical distancing.
  10. International borders is reopened completely. All Malaysian citizens can travel freely internationally, as long as they have valid travel documents.
  11. All foreigners with valid travel documents can freely travel in and out of Malaysia, without apply for MyTravelPass, which will be abolished. They just have to activate MySejahtera, and fill in the Pre-Departure Form using the Traveller option in MySejahtera.
  12. Travellers who are fully-vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine do not need to undergo any quarantine, but only need to have a negative RT-PCR test within 2 days before departure, and a professionally-administered RTK-Ag test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

Read more : Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

 

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Casual Contact Risk Status In MySejahtera Removed!

The Casual Contact risk status in MySejahtera has been removed!

Here is what you need to know about this new development!

 

Casual Contact Risk Status : What Is It?

In the past, individuals identified as Casual Contacts of COVID-19 positive persons will get a yellow risk status warning in MySejahtera.

They are also required to undergo daily health assessments using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in MySejahtera for 10 days.

While this yellow Casual Contact warning does not prevent them from going into public places, it is certainly alarming to those who receive one.

These Casual Contact risk status became very common recently, partly because of the Omicron surge, and partly because MySJ Trace allows for faster and more accurate contact tracing.

 

Casual Contact Risk Status In MySejahtera Removed!

On 1 March 2021, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the Casual Contact risk status would be removed with immediate effect.

Instead of the yellow Casual Contact risk status warning in MySejahtera, you will receive this notification instead.

MySejahtera automated contact tracing system has identified you as a Casual Contact. If you develop symptoms, please do a self test. You are not subjected to any restrictions but please adhere to SOPs at all times. Stay safe.

Sistem pengesanan kontak automatik MySejahtera telah mengel pasti anda sebagai kontak kassal. Sekiranya anda mengalami gejala, sila lakukan ujian kendiri. Tiada sebarang sekatan dikenakan ke atas anda, tetapi sila sentidas patuhi SOP. Kekal selamat.

You are only required to isolate and get tested if you are symptomatic. Otherwise, there is no need to isolate, or get tested.

Your MySejahtera status will remain as Low Risk No Symptoms in blue. There is also NO LONGER a requirement to perform daily health assessments using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT).

But please note that if your casual contact happened before today, 1 March 2022, you will still get the Yellow risk status warning.

Only those who were identified as a casual contact from 1 March 2022 onwards, will receive the blue Low Risk No Symptoms status.

Please alert your family and friends, so they are aware of these changes!

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Test + Isolation Rules : 25 Feb 2022

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just updated its COVID-19 test and isolation rules to combat the Omicron variant surge!

 

New COVID-19 Testing Rules To Fight Omicron Surge In Malaysia!

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced new test rules to combat the Omicron variant surge.

  1. Those who are symptomatic should immediately take a COVID-19 test, whether PCR or RAT.
  2. The test result, whether positive or negative, should be reported in MySejahtera.
  3. If you get a positive result on your rapid antigen test (RAT), there is no need to confirm the diagnosis using PCR. The positive RAT test result is good enough.

On 17 February 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) clarified the testing rules for close contacts :

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you must finish the full quarantine period.
  • If you test positive, you must follow the COVID-19 positive protocol.

On 25 February 2022, KKM updated testing requirements for individuals with Cat 1 and Cat 2A COVID-19.

 

New Isolation + Hospitalisation Rules To Fight Omicron Surge In Malaysia!

Here are also the new rules on home isolation and hospitalisation for people who test positive for COVID-19, as of 25 February 2022.

First, let me clarify some of the terms for COVID-19 positive individuals :

  • Category 1 : patients who are asymptomatic (have no symptoms)
  • Category 2A : patients who have mild symptoms
  • Category 2B : patients who have moderate symptoms
  • Low Risk : patients who are less than 60 years old, and do not have co-morbidities
  • High Risk : patients who are 60 years and above, or have co-morbidities
Category 2A
(Mild Symptoms)
Category 2B
(Moderate Symptoms)
Sore throat or flu symptoms,
without fever or breathing difficulties
Prolonged fever for 2 days or more,
or developing a new fever
Cough without fever or
breathing difficulties
Breathing difficulty during physical activity
(Exertional dyspnoea)
Loss of taste, but with good appetite Chest pain
Loss of smell Loss of appetite
Diarrhoea 1-2 times in 24 hours Feeling tired during daily activities,
or on waking up from sleep
Vomitting or feeling nauseous Need help to walk
Tired, but can perform daily activities Worsening symptoms (cough, nausea,
vomiting, or persistent diarrhoea)
Muscle ache, but can perform daily tasks Declining mental acuity
Reduced urine output in the last 24 hours

COVID-19 Positive (Cat 1, Cat 2A, Low Risk)

  1. You should NOT go to the CAC (COVID-19 Assessment Centre), unless specifically requested through MySejahtera, SMS or a phone call.
  2. You must isolate at home for 7 days if you do not have symptoms (Cat 1), and are fully-vaccinated.
  3. You must isolate at home for 10 days, if you are symptomatic, or are unvaccinated / not fully-vaccinated.
  4. You must perform self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app TWICE a day. Updated!
    a) before 12 PM
    b) before 6 PM
  5. You will receive an SMS or a robocall (Automated Voice Recording) in case you forget to perform the self-assessment.

COVID-19 Positive (Cat 2B and above)

  1. You must go to the CAC (COVID-19 Assessment Centre) for assessment, to determine if you need to go to the nearest hospital. Updated!
  2. Those who are not sent to the hospital must isolate at home for 10 days, and perform self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app. Updated!

Read more : New Quarantine Rules For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Effective
17 February
Fully Vaccinated
with / without
Booster Dose
Unvaccinated or
Partially Vaccinated
Isolation Period 7 Days 10 Days

COVID-19 Positive High-Risk Group (Cat 1 + Cat 2)

On 17 February 2022, KKM announced that the following patients are considered high-risk, and will be hospitalised even if they are Category 1 or Category 2.

  • Have medical co-morbidities – diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension
  • Diagnosed with other non-contagious disease that are uncontrolled / untreated
  • Caretaker of paediatric or geriatric patient
  • Obstetric cases that require monitoring
  • Admissions through the emergency ward
  • Live in homes that are not conducive for self-quarantine
  • Immunocompromised patients (HIV, undergoing chemotherapy)
  • Children who have :
    a) dehydration
    b) prolonged fever and fatigue
    c) chronic disease
    d) no guardian

Close Contact

  1. If you do not have symptoms, there is no need to go to the CAC, or take a COVID-19 test. You will be given a digital HSO (Home Surveillance Order) to isolate at home.
  2. Adults 18 Years & Above
    a) No quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals with booster dose, without symptoms on Day 1. But must conduct RTK self-test on Day 1 and Day 3, and if positive – report results in MySejahtera, and follow COVID-19 positive protocol
    b) No quarantine for people who were fully-vaccinated, or recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
    c) 5 days for fully-vaccinated individuals with booster dose, but symptomatic on Day 1.
    d) 5 days for fully-vaccinated individuals without booster dose
    e) 7 days for unvaccinated / not fully-vaccinated individuals
  3. If you have symptoms, you must immediately self test for COVID-19.
    a) the test result must be reported in the MySejahtera app.
    b) you must conduct daily self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app.
    c) if test is positive, you must follow COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.
    d) if test is negative, you must finish the full quarantine period

Read more : New Quarantine Rules For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Effective
1 March 2022
On Day 1 Quarantine
Period
Testing
Fully-Vaccinated
+ Booster Dose
No symptoms None RTK-Ag self-test
on Day 1 + 3
Symptomatic 5 Days RTK-Ag self-test
if symptomatic
Recovered in last 60 days None
Fully Vaccinated Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 5 Days *
Recovered in last 60 days None
Incomplete or
No
Vaccination
Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 7 Days *

* No test is required to be released from quarantine, if not symptomatic. However, you must complete the full quarantine period.

 

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VMS Blockchain Error With MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

Are you getting a VMS Blockchain error when you try to obtain your digital or PDF versions of the MySejahtera vaccine certificate?

Find out what’s going on, and what you can do about it…

 

VMS Blockchain Error With MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate?

Quite a few people have reported one of these VMS Blockchain errors, while trying to obtain their digital or PDF versions of the MySejahtera vaccine certificate.

Unable to connect to VMS Blockchain system, please try again after some time.

Vaccination record doesn’t exist in VMS blockchain system.

Those who receive one of these error messages will NOT be able to access their digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera, or generate and download the PDF certificate.

 

VMS Blockchain Error In MySejahtera : What’s Going On?

The VMS blockchain error only happens to people who were vaccinated against COVID-19 overseas, and submitted their vaccination records to MySejahtera.

VMS is short for the Vaccine Management System, which uses blockchain technology for better certification and traceability.

Unfortunately, MySejahtera (currently) does not support foreign COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those who register their overseas COVID-19 vaccinations will receive a Fully Vaccinated status in MySejahtera, but will not be able to :

  • generate a PDF vaccine certificate, or
  • display a QR code on the digital vaccine certificate.

Here is the official response by the MySejahtera team on this issue :

Please be informed that MySJ application will only show the PDF or QR Code on the Digital certificate for locally taken vaccinations.

You can refer to your own Vaccine card or certificate from the country that you took the vaccine.

For entry into public places in Malaysia, you can rely on the digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate (without QR code) in Mysejahtera.

But if you need to travel overseas, you will need to rely on the vaccination card or certificate that you obtain from the country you received your COVID-19 vaccinations.

Read more : 2 Ways To Get MySejahtera Certificate For Overseas Vaccine!

 

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Malaysia Eliminates Temperature Check + Manual Logbook!

Malaysia is eliminating the mandatory temperature check, as well as the manual logbook!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Eliminates Temperature Check + Manual Logbook!

Since 2020, it has been mandatory for people to undergo a body temperature check and sign in using a manual logbook or the MySejahtera app in Malaysia.

On 9 February 2022, Senior Minister (Defence) Hishammuddin Hussein announced that it is no longer mandatory for premises to conduct body temperature checks, or provide the manual logbook.

Starting Friday, 11 February 2022, a body temperature check will only be optional before entering any public premise.

The government will also abolish the use of manual logbooks, and rely on the MySejahtera app. It is still mandatory to check in at public premises using MySejahtera.

The temperature check at public premises may have had some use early in the pandemic, but it has long been acknowledged as pointless. After all, any person with a fever can simply bypass the check by taking paracetamol

Abolishing the manual logbook is a good idea in theory – contact tracing through MySejahtera and MySJ Trace is faster, more accurate, and automatic. However, it may prove to be problematic for people without smartphones, or areas without good Internet coverage.

 

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PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Find out how to select the PPV and time slot to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children under the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme!

 

You Can Now Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

You can now select the most convenient PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children!

This option is currently limited to the Klang Valley, and these are the available PPVs you can select from.

Mega PPVs : Starting 3 February 2022

  • World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL)
  • Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil
  • Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Shah Alam

Offsite + Outreach PPVs : Starting 5 February 2022

  • Dahlia Medical Group Offsite PPV
  • Zain Azrai (Bukit Idaman) Offsite PPV
  • Sg. Choh Community Hall PPV
  • Dahlia Medical Group Taman Bidara Offsite PPV
  • Wyndham Hotel Klang (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Klang Parade Offsite PPV
  • Mutiara Subang (Klinik Siti) Offsite PPV
  • Poliklinik Prima Offsite PPV
  • IOI City Tower 1 Offsite PPV
  • International Youth Center PPV
  • Paradigm Mall Offsite PPV
  • Bandar Utama Centrepoint PPV
  • Subang Parade PPV
  • MDKS Saujana Utama Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Da Men Mall Offsite PPV
  • SS15 Subang Jaya Multipurpose Hall PPV
  • Grand Season Hotel (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Seri Bernam Hall (MIOSH) Offsite PPV
  • Ampang Mewah Public Hall PPV
  • Seroja Multipurpose Hall, Putra Perdana, Offsite PPV
  • Kota Damansara Multipurpose Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Port Klang Authority (IHeal Medical Centre) Offsite PPV
  • AEON Mall Bukit Raja (Poliklinik Perdana) Offsite PPV
  • Emporis Primer Cherang Clinic Kota Damansara Offsite PPV (24 hours)
  • Mines 2 Convention Centre (IHeal Medical Centre) Outreach PPV

 

PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Before you follow these steps, please make sure that you have already registered your 5-11 year-old children for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Scroll down for our step-by-step guide.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to version 1.1.6 or later.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option.

Step 4 : In the Vaccination screen, tap on Vaccine for [your Dependent’s name]

Step 5 : In your child’s Vaccination screen, tap on Click here to book your dependent’s appointment.

If you do not see it yet, don’t worry. They are opening up bookings in stages. Just wait until the link appears.

Step 6 : Select the vaccine type – Pfizer (Children), and tap OK.

Step 7 : Enter your postcode or preferred PPV name and tap on the Search button.

Step 8 : Select the nearest or most convenient PPV and your preferred time slot, and tap Confirm. You will now be taken to the Appointment Confirmed! page.

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

Step 9 : Go back to your child’s vaccination status page, and you should now see the appointment set for the PPV and time slot of your choice. Tap on Click here to submit your dependent’s digital consent.

Step 10 : Go through the digital consent form, and select any medical history pertinent to your child.

Step 11 : Make sure you tick the checkbox for I hereby declare that I agree to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination Injection

Step 12 : Check to make sure the information is correct, and tap Confirm.

That’s it! The COVID-19 vaccination appointment for your 5-11 year-old child has now been confirmed.

If you made any mistake, you can tap on Click here to cancel your dependent appointment. You can then reschedule your child’s vaccination appointment.

Read more : What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

 

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What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your kids get their COVID-19 vaccine shots!

 

What To Do Before Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Just received your kids’ COVID-19 vaccine appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE the day of your child’s vaccine appointment.

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking medication before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. That is false and dangerous!

Please CONTINUE to give your child his/her medication, unless advised otherwise by your child’s doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your child’s vaccination.

In fact, it is a good idea to treat the upcoming vaccination appointment like “any other day”. This will help allay any potential anxiety over the vaccine shot.

Painkillers?

You should NOT give your child any painkiller before going for his/her COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your child’s immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine, and reduce its efficacy.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

 

What To Do During Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Here is a list of what you should do on the day of your child’s vaccination :

  1. Make sure your child wears loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Make sure your child has a good meal, and drink some water.
  3. Make sure your child does NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If your child is sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    Cancel the appointment, and book another slot.
  4. Make sure you bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed.
  5. Make sure you bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your child’s medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. Make sure your child wears a face mask, and if possible, wears a face shield as well.
  8. Bring a bottle of water, in case your child gets thirsty.
  9. Let your child bring a toy (or a tablet) to play with.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the form.

Note : Even though you are asked to submit a digital consent form, you will still be asked to fill and sign a physical consent form at the vaccination centre.

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Make sure the vaccine vial’s label has an orange border – this confirms that it contains the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-old children.
  2. You can ask to check the vaccine expiry date, but please note that the vial expiry date may not match the actual expiry date.

Don’t worry if you see the vial in the open, and not in an ice box. The new formulation is more stable and can last up to 12 hours at room temperature.

  1. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume of 0.2 ml (not 0.3 ml, which is for older kids and adults).

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After your child receives the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that your child received the full dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.
  5. After your child receive the vaccination, please stay for the 15-minute observation session.
  6. Before you leave the vaccination centre, please check MySejahtera and the vaccination card to make sure your child’s name is correct.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What To Do After Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting your children against COVID-19.

Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Help to encourage other parents to also protect their children against COVID-19!

Dietary / Medical Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your child’s diet or daily life after vaccination.

Please remember – your child was just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

Please continue to give your child his/her medications, if any.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

Your child must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintain physical distance in public, because :

Restrictions On Physical Activities?

If possible, your child should avoid strenuous physical activities for a week or two for these reasons :

  • A precautionary measure against the rare risk of myocarditis / pericarditis.
  • It will also allow you to better detect the symptoms of myocarditis / pericarditis (details below).
  • To avoid accidents if your child has a headache or fever while engaging in strenuous physical activities.
  • To avoid conflating any pain or muscle ache with the vaccination.

Please note the emphasis on strenuous. There is no need to completely restrict their physical activities.

Monitor For Symptoms Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Myocarditis and pericarditis are known but rare adverse events that can happen to those who receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The new paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a smaller dose, and a lower risk – only 12 myocarditis cases have reported after 8.7 million doses were administered.

The good news is – vaccine-induced myocarditis is often mild, and easily treated.

Therefore, parents are advised to monitor their children for these symptoms, and quickly seek medical attention :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

I would like to also point out that the risk of myocarditis from vaccines is far lower than the risk of myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection.

Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk is less than 1 in million!

Painkillers

You should expect your child to experience mild side effects over the next few days, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not be overly concerned – they are evidence of your child’s immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can give your child painkillers if they feel sick, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

Report Side Effects

Please report any side effects your child feels over the next few days in MySejahtera.

If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

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Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment? Here’s The Fix!

If you can’t book the vaccine appointment for your 5-11 year-old child, here are the solutions to fix that problem!

 

Many Parents Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment!

Many parents are complaining that they are unable to book the vaccine appointment for their 5-11 year-old children!

They received the link in MySejahtera to book their child’s vaccine appointment, but the link does NOT work!

No matter how many times they tap / click on it, nothing happens.

Note : If you did not receive the “Click here to book your dependent’s appointment” link, please wait. The MySejahtera team appears to be releasing that option in batches to reduce load on their servers. Your turn will come shortly.

 

Can’t Book 5-11 Yo Vaccine Appointment? Here’s The Fix!

If you can’t book the vaccine appointment for your 5-11 year-old child, here are the solutions to fix that problem!

Solution #1 : Update MySejahtera

As I mentioned in my earlier guide, the booking system is only available in MySejahtera 1.1.6 and above.

You may see the vaccine booking option appear in an earlier version of MySejahtera, but it will NOT work until you update to version 1.1.6 or later.

So if you have this problem, first go to the Apple App Store / Google Play Store / HUAWEI AppGallery and update to MySejahtera 1.1.6 or later.

If MySejahtera does not update properly in your Android smartphone, please make sure you allow the Files and media permission :

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

Step 2 : Tap on Files and media under the Denied list.

Step 3 : Tap on Allow all the time.

Solution #2 : Force Close MySejahtera

If you had earlier updated to MySejahtera 1.1.6 (or newer), then you should try restarting MySejahtera by “force closing” it. Not just use the Home button, which only minimises it.

In Android, tap on the App Overview button, and swipe up / press on the X button to “force close” it.

For iOS devices with a Home button, double tap on the Home button, and swipe up to “force close” it.

For iOS devices without a Home button, swipe up and hold, and then swipe up on MySejahtera to “force close” it.

Then reopen MySejahtera, and see if the booking system now works.

Solution #3 : Clear MySejahtera App Cache

If the two solutions above still does not work, you can try to clear the App Cache if you are using an Android device.

Step 1 : Go to Settings > Apps > MySejahtera

Step 2 : Scroll down and tap on the Storage option.

Step 3 : Tap on the Clear cache option at the bottom.

Step 4 : Log into MySejahtera and see if the booking system works!

Solution #4 : Delete MySejahtera App Data

If Solution #3 did not solve 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.

I hope this guide helps you solve the vaccine appointment booking problem in MySejahtera!

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How To Enable + Disable MySJ Trace In MySejahtera Ver. 5.0

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

Updated @ 2022-01-24 : Added a solution for MySJ Trace not working on Android 12 devices.

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.

Android 12 Devices : Enable Nearby Devices

MySJ Trace may stop working once your device is upgraded to 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.

MySJ Trace will now work without further action!

Read more : Why MySJ Trace Stopped Working With Bluetooth Enabled?

 

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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