Ready, Set, Go: COVID-19 Vaccination To Begin Two Days Earlier Than Scheduled

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Ready, Set, Go: COVID-19 Vaccination To Begin Two Days Earlier Than Scheduled
In case you missed it, the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccination made a grand entrance (unloading?) in Malaysia on Sunday (21 February).

And now that the vaccine is here in Malaysia, the government figured that they do not want to waste any time.

Ready to be deployed

The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme is set to begin earlier on 24 February, instead of 26 February as announced prior to this, The Star Online reported.

This has been confirmed by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Khairy told the news portal that the earlier date was decided on after considering several factors regarding the safety and distribution of the vaccine.

He also revealed that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin would be the first person to receive the vaccine, followed by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The first batch of vaccination is here.
The first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines would be administered to 271,802 frontliners, of which 57.3 per cent are made up of medical personnel and the rest non-medical frontliners.

Khairy also added that the first batch of vaccines, amounting to 312,390 doses, has been distributed to 16 vaccine storage centres nationwide on Sunday. The remaining vaccines will arrive in the country in batches every two weeks.

Two doses of the vaccine will be administered, with the second given 21 days after the first as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer.

The programme is set to run into April this year where 70 per cent of the population will receive the vaccine in three phases.

How to register

At the time being, the vaccination will be given based on a volunteering basis.

Here are five ways to register as a volunteer:

5 kaedah untuk orang awam mendaftar untuk mendapatkan vaksin COVID-19.

1. Aplikasi MySejahtera - akan dilancarkan butang khas untuk pendaftaran temujanji.

2. Lama sesawang khas yang akan dilancarkan YAB PM minggu depan.

3. Talian hotline yang akan diumumkan.

— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) February 13, 2021

1) MySejahtera App

Since most people with a smartphone and internet connection already use this app, it's probably the easiest way to register to receive the vaccine. Once you get vaccinated, you'll get something like a certificate on the app to show that you're safe. We don't see the "register" option on MySejahtera app yet but we sure hope it'll be there soon. 

2) COVID-19 JKJAV website

The prime minister is expected to launch a website by Special Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Committee (JKJAV) next week where those without the MySejahtera App can register to get vaccinated. 

3) Hotline phone number

Another work in progress; a hotline will be created to help those without a smartphone to register for the vaccine. 

4) Manually

You can also walk in to any government Klinik Kesihatan, hospital and private clinic to register. 

5) House calls

For those living in rural areas, especially for those above the age of 60, house calls will be made by government representatives to get the vulnerable registered. 

The schedule

There are three phases to the vaccination programme in the country. 

The first being 500,000 vaccines for frontliners including healthcare officials, police and others that will begin in March and end in April. 

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be getting the first dose to give the people confidence in the vaccine used. 

The second phase will involve people above the age of 60 and with pre-existing conditions which makes them more susseptible to COVID-19. This will start in April and end in August. 

The third and last phase will involve adults above the age of 18 and will be administered between May 2021 and February 2022.

The government is expecting to vaccinate more than 80 percent of the Malaysian population in order to achieve herd immunity. 

Foreigners, including undocumented ones, will also be vaccinated.

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