MySejahtera app to include vaccine-related features soon

KUALA LUMPUR – In line with the implementation of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, new vaccine-related features will be included in the MySejahtera mobile application soon.

Health Ministry Disease Control Division senior principal assistant director Dr A. Maheshwara Rao said the new feature would include the aspects of vaccine registration, vaccination process as well as self-monitoring.

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He said that the registration feature would enable users to not only register for themselves, but also their dependents who do not have access to the application.

“During the registration process, users must verify their name as well as identity card and are required to answer some questions before receiving a notification of vaccine injection date.

“Therefore, users need to turn on the push notification feature in the application to enable them to receive any information (regarding the vaccination process),” he said in a virtual briefing session on the COVID-19 immunisation with Bernama and RTM, today.

Dr Maheshwara said information related to the vaccination process including the location and issuance of the digital COVID-19 Vaccine Immunisation Certificate would be stored and can be viewed via the application.

Apart from that, he said users can do self-monitoring to determine whether there are adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“All information related to the vaccination process will be displayed and updated from time to time,” he said.

Dr Maheshwara also reminded users to update their MySejahtera application once the new version is available.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry Pharmacy Practice and Development Division director A’tia Hashim said all vaccine storage facilities throughout the country have been equipped with ultra-low temperature freezers (ULTF) in addition to the top loading freezers.

Malaysia is expected to receive the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this Sunday while the ‘roll out’ for implementation of the immunisation programme begins in phases from Feb 26.

Ministry to assist registration

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) meanwhile will be assisting in facilitating registration of target groups such as senior citizens and people with disabilities (PwD) to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Its Minister, Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said she had raised this in the Cabinet meeting to give vulnerable groups such as senior citizens priority in the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme because they are among the high-risk groups.

“We will help facilitate the registration (of senior citizens and the PwD to be vaccinated) because it is important that all (target groups) be vaccinated so that we can return to life as usual,” she told the media after visiting Pusat Jagaan dan Rawatan Orang Tua Al-Ikhlas, here, today.

Rina said a total of 68,003 KPWKM target groups comprising 48,564 senior citizens and 19,439 registered PwD will be vaccinated in the second phase of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, which is expected to begin in April.

She also hoped that senior citizens and PwD living in private care centres and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) would also be given priority in the second phase of the COVID-19 immunisation programme.

According to her, there are 576 care centres for the elderly and the PwD under the control of the private sector and NGOs, registered with the Social Welfare Department, with a population of 15,818 people and managed by 3,238 caregivers.