The COVID-19 vaccine will be given for free to all residents of Malaysia.
Vaccination Progress Update
* Herd Immunity Target is set at 80% population vaccinated.
As of 10 Dec 2021, according to covidnow.moh.gov.my
- Received at least one dose: 79.4% of population
- Fully vaccinated: 78.1% of the population/ 97.2% of adults
Estimated Population of Malaysia in 2020: 32.657 million people with 23.4 million adults according to Department of Statistics Malaysia
- Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) announced that residents who are 12 years old and above and have not gotten their appointments will be allowed to get their walk-in vaccinations. For individual with comorbidities please bring medical record.
- Walk-in is available for booster jab. However it is highly recommended to make an appointment first to avoid disappointment.
Approval by Malaysia
On 20 Jan 2021, then Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin was appointed as the Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to lead the COVID-19 Immunisation Special Task Force (CITF) under the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).
As of February 2021, Malaysia has secured 66.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility and advance purchases from five vaccine manufacturers. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has obtained conditional approval from the Drug Control Authority (DCA) and the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of Malaysia on the 8th of January 2021. Both AstraZeneca and Sinovac have been approved in March 2021.
The remaining COVID-19 vaccine candidates are still pending approval. To understand more about the available vaccines type, efficacy, trial results, approval, adverse reactions, etc. click on this link.
Target groups for the 3 phases of vaccination
Phase 1 (Feb – Apr 2021) – 500K individuals
Frontliners: healthcare personnel, essential services, defence and security personnel
Phase 2 (Apr – Aug 2021) – 9.4 million individuals
Priority group 1
Remainder of healthcare workers as well as those in essential services and defense and security personnel
Priority group 2
Senior citizens (those aged 60 and over), high-risk group with chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure and people with disabilities (OKU)
Phase 3 (May 2021 – Feb 2022) – 13.7 million individuals or more
Adult population aged 18 years and above (citizens & non-citizens). Priority will be given to those in the red zones; followed by those in yellow zones and finally those in green zones
Registration for the COVID-19 vaccine can be carried out using the following methods:
1. Through the MySejahtera application
- Download/Open your MySejahtera application.
- Click on the “COVID-19 Vaccination” icon.
- Click on “Vaccines for…” and follow the instructions to update your details to register and answer a few questions.
- Please turn on the “Push Notification” feature and wait for your vaccination appointment notification. No SMS will be sent.
- Make sure the MySejahtera App is always updated to the latest version. Turn on Automatic App Updates or Manually Update MySejahtera App
How to Update MySejahtera App to the latest version/ Cara Update MySejahtera kepada versi yang terkini
Steps towards fully vaccinated and digital certificate issued
2. Through www.vaksincovid.gov.my
- Visit: vaksincovid.gov.my
- Enter your personal details and answer a few questions then click “Submit”.
- Notification will be sent through SMS.
3. Hotline number
- Call Vaccination Hotline Malaysia at 1800-888-828
- Please provide the requested information to the officer on duty.
- If you have queries or require further clarification, please ask the officer on the line.
- Please wait for your vaccination appointment notification.
4. Registration at government and private health facilities
5. Outreach programs in rural and village areas
Appointment: Date and Location
Appointment information such as the date and location of vaccination will be notified via the MySejahtera application, phone call or SMS. For the MySejahtera App, vaccine recipients will be notified via push notification. Kindly ensure you enable push notification in your app settings.
After registration, appointments will be made in phases based on the pre-determined category the individual falls under. Candidates will receive confirmation of date and assigned Vaccination Distribution Centre (PPV) two weeks prior to their appointment.
Choose the Type of Vaccine
For application via MySejahtera, you cannot choose the type of vaccine. Recipients need to adhere to the COVID-19 vaccine schedule using the stated brand according to the specified time period. All vaccines that are approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA) are safe and efficacious to be used in Malaysia.
However you can personally call the PPV to find out the type of vaccine used before walk-in or making an appointment.
Register for Dependants
The feature that allows you to register on behalf of your dependant(s) is available in the MySejahtera app. Please ensure your app is up-to-date to access this feature. Make sure the dependent is registered in only one account.
Steps: Go to “Covid-19 Vaccination” > Select “Add Vaccine Dependent” > Fill in the dependent’s details > Answer a few assessment questions > Wait for notification for vaccination
Update MySejahtera Digital Certificate
The vaccination e-cert should be displayed on the MySejahtera App as soon as the 1st/ 2nd/ booster dose is administered.
For vaccination done overseas, refer to Obtain e-Cert for Individuals who have been vaccinated abroad.
Sijil vaksinasi digital anda sepatutnya dipaparkan serta merta di aplikasi MySejahtera anda sebaik sahaja menerima suntikan vaksin anda (Dos pertama/Dos kedua/Dos penggalak).
— MySejahtera (@my_sejahtera) December 14, 2021
Booster Dose Application
Priorities for booster dose are given to Healthcare, safety and defense front-liners, individuals over the age of 40, those with comorbidities, Pregnant women and individuals who need to travel overseas and those with appointments on MySejahtera.
Booster dose of Comirnaty (BioNtech) is recommended for those who have completed the Sinovac vaccination at least 3 months ago as a heterologous dose (different type of vaccine) – Source: covid-19.moh.gov.my.
Six Three months for BioNtech and AZ.
How to Get a Booster Jab
You can make an appointment/ walk-in at the Private health facilities/ Walk-in PPVs. Otherwise wait for MySejahtera app to be updated with a booster appointment automatically.
Booster for Selangor
For Selangor there will be no more walk-in, you need to book an appointment via Selangkah app and input the voucher code specific to your preferred Selcare clinic to get a free booster jab.
For special case such as those who need to travel, caregiver, dependent/ bedridden, there is an option on MySejahtera for the booster appointment.
Individuals who wish to perform Umrah can apply for booster jab through MySejahtera.
There were instances of Covid19 outbreaks at mega PPVs (such as IDCC and Setia City CC), be extra careful in following social distancing measures. Human contacts and time spent in the centre should be reduced as much as possible.
Ways to reduce human contact and time spent in PPV – Except for high-risk individuals:
*Paper-work, doctor assessment are not required in many countries. For instance in Hong Kong, you show ID, the same nurse updates info on computer then jabs, no form-filling.
*In the UK, 15-min observation period is recommended following administration of BioNTech vaccine but no observation requirement for AstraZeneca (gov.uk – Jul 2021). Drive-throughs are great.