KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Nearly 1.5 million individuals above the age of 60 or with comorbidities have registered on MySejahtera for Covid-19 vaccination, Dr Adham Baba said today.
In a statement, the health minister said a total of 5,742,572 individuals have registered themselves for the vaccine through the MySejahtera application, comprising 23.7 per cent of 24.3 million residents aged 18 and above.
“From the total number that has registered on MySejahtera, 12.6 per cent are those above the age of 60 and 19.6 per cent have comorbidities,” Dr Adham said.
“Overall, 25.9 per cent of the total registrations will be given vaccination during Phase Two.”
The 25.9 per cent of 5,742,572 registrations equates to 1,487,326 people. This is only 15.8 per cent of the 9.4 million individuals targeted for vaccination during Phase Two of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme for the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.
As of February 25, MySejahtera has nearly 21 million unique users, according to a Ministry of Health (MOH) official. Assuming that 80 per cent of MySejahtera users are aged above 18, or 16.8 million people, the registration of 5,742,752 people on the MOH app for Covid-19 vaccination merely comprises 34 per cent of total users.
Recently, a simple survey conducted by CodeBlue, found that four out of five elderly people did not register for the Covid-19 vaccine and most of them said they will get the vaccine only upon advice by their treating physician.
Some political leaders have also taken the initiative to manually register the elderly in their constituencies for the Covid-19 vaccine. Besides the MySejahtera application, individuals can also directly register at www.vaksincovid.gov.my, call the hotline 1-800-888- 828, or register at a government clinic or hospital.
The health minister, in his statement, also said that the government has managed to vaccinate 346,508 individuals as of March 16, achieving 69.3 per cent of Phase One’s target. Phase One targets frontline workers, including health care providers.
“This achievement is very good and the Ministry of Health is confident that Phase One, which will complete at the end of April 2021, will be conducted smoothly and well and can be completed successfully within the stipulated time.”
Previously, Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government planned to vaccinate all 500,000 frontline workers with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by March 31.