COVID-19 Vaccination in Malaysia 2021 – What you must know!

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine available in Malaysia?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is provided for all Malaysians who are 18  years of age and above.

Are those below 18 years old eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

As of May 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine will only be administered to those above 18 years old.  At the moment, there are still insufficient data to conclude that the vaccines are safe for children below 16. Once it is certified, there will be a further rollout for children below 16 to be vaccinated.

What is the COVID-19 vaccination program in Malaysia?

This is the campaign that was implemented on 24 February 2021 and is set to complete within a year. It is run by the JKJAV or COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee led by the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin. This was to ensure that there is protection given to Malaysians against COVID-19.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for Malaysians?

It is not compulsory (as of May 2021) for all Malaysians to get vaccinated although efforts are underway to get as many people vaccinated as quickly and early as possible.

What are the vaccines available in Malaysia?

At the moment, there are 3 types of vaccines being administered for COVID-19 in Malaysia which are:

  • Pfizer–BioNTech
  • Oxford–AstraZeneca
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

Meanwhile, other brands such as Cansino and Gamaleya are still being considered.

How do I register for my vaccine?

  • The easiest way to register for your COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia is through the MySejahtera contact tracing app. There is a feature that allows you to submit your registration in terms of your health condition and your location. Once it is your turn, the information will be notified accordingly.
  • Meanwhile, if you do not use a smartphone or have access to the MySejahtera mobile app, you can register through the website by the Ministry of Health or call the hotline number.

Are Malaysian companies involved in the COVID-19 vaccines?

2 Malaysian pharmaceutical companies have been agreed to obtain some 18.4 million doses of the vaccines from China and Russia which are Pharmaniaga Berhad and Duopharma.

Can I choose which COVID-19 vaccine for myself?

No, you cannot. Malaysians did have a choice however to opt-in for the AstraZeneca vaccine through online registration. Those who did not opt-in for that will be given whichever vaccine is available at the time of administering the jab.

I received a notification in MySejahtera, what should I do next?

You must confirm your registration and then go to the vaccination center on the stipulated date.

Do I need to fast before I take my vaccine?

There is no need to fast or take any additional measures. It is advised not to take any other forms of medication a day before your vaccine.

What should I do during the vaccination day?

Be at the vaccination center at the time of your appointment.

  • You will need to fill up 2 forms.
  • After that, your body’s temperature will be taken
  • Then you will be briefed about what will take place.
  • Wait for your turn to be vaccinated
  • You will then be placed for observation for about 15 to 30 minutes
  • You will be informed of your next vaccination date.

What should I do after my vaccine?

It is advised to rest on the day of your vaccine as you might get a fever or nausea. Those are mild effects that are normal.

What should I do if I feel uneasy?

It is normal to feel drowsy or nauseous after your vaccine. If you feel that you have some major difficulties in breathing or swelling, contact your local health department immediately.

I have not received my COVID-19 vaccination date. What should I do?

Constantly check your MySejahtera (or website) app to see if you have been given a date for your vaccination. Once it is your turn, it will be displayed there (or notified through your smartphone). Be patient as it might not be your phase yet.

What are the phases involved in the COVID-19 vaccination program?

  • Phase 1  – From February to April 2021 for front liners and those in essential services.
  • Phase 2 – From April to August 2021 for healthcare personnel, senior citizens and those with chronic diseases.
  • Phase 3 – From May 2021 to February 2022 for both citizens and non-citizens aged 18 and above.