COVID-19 vaccine registrations will kick-off in March 2021 said Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin. Being the coordinating minister in charge of the national vaccination program, Khairy laid out the 5 ways you can register your consent to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The process includes Malaysians expressing their consent on the MySejahtera app as a pre-requisite to receiving the vaccine shots. Besides the MySejahtera app, there are several other registration options for Malaysian to choose from to register the consent for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is said to launch a website, by Special Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Committee (JKJAV), next week, which will allow Malaysians to sign up online. For communities with least to zero internet access, a hotline number will also be provided for people to call in and register.
Public and private healthcare sectors will also be allowing the rakyat a manual registrations option. The government will also be working closely with respective state authority to reach out to senior citizens in rural areas.
The vaccine will be given out in three phases with 500,000 being given out in April 2021 to frontliners, who are especially in healthcare, police, RELA, BOMBA and civil defense sector. It is also said that the Prime Minister will be the first recipient of the vaccine in spirits of boosting Malaysia’s confidence in the vaccine.
April – August 2021 will observe the second phase which covers 9.4 million people including senior citizens above 60 years old, people with non-communicable diseases and people with disabilities. Phase 3, the final phase, which is set to be from May 2021 up till February 2022, is accommodated to adults aged 18 years and above.
The government is looking to vaccinate over 80% of the population or 26.5 million people, including undocumented migrants to achieve herd immunity. Considering the fact that foreign workers significantly contribute to the Malaysian economy while taking into account cases where Malaysians will also be vaccinated in other countries, the government believes that its best to move in said direction.