Coordinating Minister of the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin had on yesterday (29 March) in a press conference announced that the Phase 2 of the national vaccination exercise will begin on 19 April 2021.
Khairy said that the recipients will be notified of their vaccination appointments through the MySejahtera application, phone calls and the short messaging system (SMS).
He added that only about 2 million individuals had registered themselves for the vaccination out of the targeted 9 million people.
“While waiting for registration of the second-phase groups and when the supply of vaccines is sufficient, those who have registered under the third phase will be given priority to receive the vaccine.” as he told FMT.
However, those who are late in registering for phase 2 will be automatically placed ahead of phase 3 recipients.
“Once they register on the MySejahtera system, there’s an algorithm in place that will push them to the top of the queue. It will pick up that they’re above 60, disabled or suffer from co-morbidities.”
According to his records, there were a total of 7,235,436 individuals registered on the MySejahtera application, while there were only 580,765 individuals who had been vaccinated under the immunisation exercise.
This represents 90% of the frontliners in the country and he expects the first phase to be completed in the next two weeks.
Towards the end of the conference, Khairy said that the suggestion from Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to set a deadline for registration for the Covid-19 vaccine is still under discussion.
The Government of Malaysia may implement it if they find that the proposal can have a positive impact on the number of registrations. However, it will be announced on a later date.