Malaysia will receive the first batch of vaccines on Sunday, 21 February
In the first batch, a total of 312,390 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) tomorrow under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.
Following which, the first phase will begin on 26 February with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin getting the first jab along with priority group one, which consists of public and private healthcare personnel.
Next comes the vaccination process, which covers the enrolment process of the target groups based on the priorities of each phase right up to the vaccination and monitoring of adverse effects.
In total, there are three phases and five priority groups.
The process will be carried out through the Ministry of Health's (MOH) MySejahtera application and a special website or be done manually for those who do not have access to the MOH app.
In order to get the vaccine, you must go through the registration
It will start on 1 March.
There are five methods under which a individual can register for the vaccine:
Once the registration is done, the government will send you details about the vaccination centres and dates assigned to you through the MySejahtera app, phone calls, or text messages.
There are two ways for the vaccination process
One is through the MySejahtera app and a special website:
The other one involves a manual vaccination process:
Do note that the process for the vaccines with single-dose will stop at step 9.
MOH has identified 605 Vaccination Administration Centres (VACs)
In addition to that, the ministry will set up temporary vaccination centres like stadiums, convention centres, community halls, universities, and other appropriate facilities according to the need.
The government has acquired these COVID-19 vaccines
The chart offers details such as types of vaccines, manufacturer country, and efficacy, etc.
The types of vaccines and what they mean have been explained here:
Worried about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?
There aren't any major side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines so far. Of whatever side effects have been reported are mild and temporary. The most commonly reported side effects are:
You will be able to report the side effects and adverse effects, if any, through the MySejahtera app.
Alternatively, you can also report to health workers via the existing public healthcare system.
Investigations for any serious side effects will be conducted carefully by a special expert committee.
In the meantime, read our interview with a doctor, who fully explain how the COVID-19 vaccines were made so fast and if they are safe: