The Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin who is also the coordinator of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program has said that the government is planning to open up the registration for the vaccine sometime in March. The confirmation took place during an interview with Bernama TV last night.
The minister pointed out that this starting date is meant for low-risk individuals. Based on this, we believe that he is referring to those that will be vaccinated under Phase 3 of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program which will start in May 2021 as per what Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced before.
Minister Khairy didn’t provide specific information regarding the registration timeline for high-risk individuals and the elderly that will be vaccinated in Phase 2 of the program. However, it seemed rather possible that the registration could be opened within the same period since this particular phase will begin in April.
In the same interview, Minister Khairy has once again insisted that the best registration method is through the MySejahtera app. However, other registration methods will also be made available to those who are not using the national contact tracing app.
One of them is through the official website of the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) which will be launched by PM Muhyiddin next week. Members of the public can also register themselves through a dedicated hotline that will be opened soon.
Other than that, manual registration will also be provided at public and private clinics as well as hospitals. The minister also stated that federal, state, and local government agencies will also launch on-ground operations to register those who reside in rural areas.