Covid-19 vaccine registration for dependants starting March 12

PUTRAJAYA, 8 March 2021:

Registration for Covid-19 vaccination within Malaysia for dependants will start from March 12 via the MySejahtera app, Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced today.

With this updated registration facility, he anticipates the number of people signing up for the Covid-19 vaccination to exceed the five million target, noting that 3,832,976 people have so far registered for the immunisation programme with 3,658,538 via MySejahtera, 173,575 through and 863 via the hotline at 1800-888-828.

With the first phase of the vaccination programme under way, Khairy said all designated frontliners are expected to have received their first doses by month-end.

He also acknowledged there has been instances of those not designated frontliners having received the Covid-19 vaccines ahead of schedule under the national immunisation programme.

After checking vaccination details provided by the designated centres, Khairy said some had completed their quotas for frontliners and has as such began to give the doses to other individuals.

Saying the whistleblower information had been helpful to highlight such instances, he said all such vaccination centres had since got their injection schedules scrapped and vaccines redeployed to other centres which had yet to complete vaccination of frontliners.

Khairy also said Malaysia is looking to start negotiations with CanSino Biologics, as this vaccine requires only one dose. “This is a better option for us compared to Johnson & Johnson, where supplies are expected to arrive only in the fourth quarter of the year.”

He further said Malaysia has secured additional doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, bringing the total secured to 32 million and enough for half the nation’s population. “All of the Pfizer vaccines secured so far are expected to be delivered by this year.”

Meanwhile at the same virtual press conference, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said individuals who have yet to get the second vaccine dose will have to comply with all existing standard operating procedures – including quarantine.

As to whether there will be any lifting on travel restrictions once an individual is fully vaccinated, he said Malaysia is still waiting for World Health Organisation guidelines on such matters.