5 MIN READWhat You Need to Know About Malaysia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Program 2021

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UPDATED 28 JUNE

Latest update; To aid the nation reach herd immunity, the government has implemented PEMULIH to speed up the process of vaccination:

Malaysia’s first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived on February 21, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, with another consignment making its way overland from Singapore to Johor.

The total of 312,390 doses made several stops since leaving the Pfizer plant in Belgium, including Leipzig, Germany and Singapore, the Asia-Pacific distribution hub for the much-awaited Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, leading the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says the vaccination roll-out has been brought forward to February 24.

  1. What are the three phases of the vaccination?
  2. What are the types of vaccination available to us?
  3. Who can receive the vaccination?
  4. Can I choose not to take the vaccination?
  5. How do I register for the vaccination?
  6. How long will the vaccination take effect?
  7. What are the side effects after I have taken the vaccination?
  8. Will the vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
  9. Is it safe to have more than one type of COVID vaccine?
  10. Where can I get the latest information on these programmes and the COVID-19 current situation?

1. What are the 3 phases of the vaccination?

Phase 1 – From February to April, will cover 500,000 frontliners who are directly involved in the fight against Covid-19. This includes those in healthcare, police, the Volunteers Department of Malaysia (RELA), The Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Bomba), and the civil defence sectors.

Phase 2 – The second phase will target 9.4 million people in the high-risk group, comprising senior citizens above 60 years old, people with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, and people with disabilities.

Phase 3 – The third phase, from May 2021 to February 2022, is for all remaining individuals, including adults aged 18 years and above.

 

2. What are the types of vaccination available to us?

Type Country of Origin Number of Doses
Pfizer-BioNTech USA 2
AstraZeneca UK / SWEDEN 2
Sinovac CHINA 2
CanSino Biologic CHINA 1
Sputnik V RUSSIA 2

 

3. Who can receive the vaccination?

Vaccinations will be given to citizens and non-citizens aged 18 and above with priority given to residents in COVID-19 red and yellow zones before moving on to those living in green zones.

The vaccination will be free for all citizens and non-citizens including diplomats, expatriates, students, foreign spouses and their children, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees cardholders.

Children below the age of 18 will not be given the vaccine.

 

4. Can I choose not to take the vaccination?

Although the Malaysian government has not made it mandatory to be vaccinated, citizens and non-citizens who refuse the doses could face restraints in moving around or engaging in businesses in the future.

The requirement would likely be in the form of a health passport for visitors to prove that they have been vaccinated as a move to protect the locals.

For example, those who wish to visit any African countries must take the Ebola vaccine, to limit the risk of exposure to the virus.  

 

5. How do I register for the vaccination programme?

The public must register themselves in order to get the vaccine which will be open beginning 1 March through the following;

*Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the “Family Registration” function will be available in MySejahtera after 12 March.

 

6. How is the effectiveness of the vaccinations?

TYPE OF VACCINE EFFECTIVENESS IN % AND DURATION
Pfizer-BioNTech 7 days after 2nd shot; some 12 days after 1st dose
AstraZeneca 15 days after 2nd shot; some 22 days after 1st shot
Sinovac 70% effectiveness after both shots
CanSino Biologic  65.7% after the 1st shot
Sputnik V 22 days after the 2nd shot

 

7. What are the side effects after I have taken the vaccination?

The JKJAV (Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee) website explains that side effects are to be expected from the vaccination, which includes;

  • Pain, redness and swelling around the injection area.
  • Fatigue.
  • Fever.
  • Headaches.
  • Nausea.
  • Shivers.
  • Joint pains.
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes.
  • Other undetermined symptoms.

 

8. Will the vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?

According to the World Health Organization, taking the vaccination teaches your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, which protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.

 

9. Is it safe to have more than one type of COVID vaccine?

Currently, immunologists are still researching the hypothesis if it is safe to take more than one type of COVID vaccine.

Only by studying the immune response in people who have been vaccinated, immunologists focusing on the COVID-19 cases will tell when and if further booster vaccinations are needed. 

 

10. Where can I get the latest information on these programmes and the COVID-19 current situation?

Links about Malaysia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Program 2021

Stay updated with the latest information regarding the COVID-19 situation.

 

Program Imunisasi COVID-19 Kebangsaan or PICK:

1. Additional stock for vaccines 130% population compared to 120% previously
2. 29 additional PPVs for everyone to receive vaccines
3. additional pay for volunteers at PPV
4. MITI coordinated PIKAS and urging companies and industries to allow their premises as PPVs.
5. Registration for vaccination as well as subsidy of up to RM30 on the cost of taxi fares and e-hailing for the disabled and the elderly.


Let us continue to keep our heads above the water for the sake of ourselves, our loved ones and our community.

Keep calm and carry on the Malaysian spirit as high as you can!

#StayHopefulWithIQI

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