COVID-19 vaccination programme has started in Malaysia and many must be anticipating when is their turn to get a jab so that they can return to the pre-Covid 19 lives.
According to the Ministry of Health, over 139,000 frontliners and healthcare workers have received the first dose of the vaccine since the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme began on 26 February.
Malaysia has in total three phases and five priority groups to cover before the country can meet the vaccination target of 80% of the population, or 26.5 million people, to achieve herd immunity.
As of now, we are only in the first phase of the action plan.
Fortunately, Omni’s Vaccine Calculator gives you an estimate of where you are in that 26-million-long queue.
The calculator is made based on information available in the national plan released by the government.
The tool makes it easy for you to arrive at a more personalised answer and date range, as it considers the populations of each priority group and the likely vaccination rate.
How to use the vaccine queue calculator for Malaysia?
Follow these steps to calculate your likely place in the COVID vaccine queue. The first section is all about you:
- Enter your age in years.
- Are you in a high-risk group with chronic diseases? Generally, the older you are, the sooner you’ll be called up to have the vaccine.
- Say whether you work in a public and private healthcare centre (e.g., nurse, doctor, etc.).
- Do you work in a frontline essential services, defence, or security? The above two groups are likely to have a lot of exposure to the virus and need to be protected.
- Are you pregnant or breastfeeding? If the answer is yes, please consult your doctor. There is insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy.
You will then see an estimate of the minimum and the maximum number of people who are in-line to receive the vaccine before you. We also indicate how long it might be before you get both doses of the vaccine and become fully protected, based on the vaccination rate. By default, we base these figures on a vaccination rate of 100,000 vaccinations per day (the target is between 75,000 and 150,000 vaccines per day), and an uptake rate of 80%. If you want to change these values, you can do it in the Rollout of vaccines section.
The result also indicates when you might be getting the second dose of the vaccine to become fully protected.
Will there be enough vaccine for everyone?
Certainly not at the moment, but eventually, yes.
Pfizer alone plans to produce 1.3 billion doses of its vaccine in 2021.
As further vaccines are approved and manufactured, more supply will come online to meet the demand around the world.