Khairy Jamaluddin, Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, has clarified that there are no plans to issue a physical vaccination badge for those who are fully-vaccinated. “There is only the digital certificate on MySejahtera which can also be printed from the JKJAV website, that’s all,” he said during a JKJAV press conference. Although also mentioning that vaccination cards are given to attendees at PPVs, the minister did not specify whether that could be used as an alternative proof of full-vaccination.
The explanation comes after a video from March recently resurfaced on Twitter featuring Health Minister Adham Baba’s announcement of issuing a physical badge to those who have received two doses of their vaccine. The clip drew ire from netizens who criticised the need to carry around an additional card when MySejahtera already issues a digital certificate, and also noting that the information could be added into the chip of the Malaysian Identity Card.
User @kennleandre even did some digging on the QR code shown at the back of the mock vaccination badge in the video. Turns out, instead of using a dummy QR code, the code on the badge seems to be a random one that links to the Soundcloud page of an educator called “ICT Evangelist”. This, of course, perplexed netizens and made people wonder why the designer of the mock badge didn’t just generate a link to the KKM site.
— Kenn (@kennleandre) July 23, 2021
As this weird saga comes to a close, Malaysians are still waiting for the privileges set to be announced for fully-vaccinated individuals. Deputy prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently teased that the National Security Council is studying the feasibility of easing restrictions for Malaysians who have received both doses in order to allow them to reunite with families that have been separated due to the inter-state travel ban.