This calculator was last updated on16th February 2021. It is currently not updated on a regular basis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every country in the world, changing all of our lives in the process. In Malaysia, the number of casualties has already exceeded 1,100, not to mention the country's economy loss. We all think this virus has been our guest for way too long - but what can we do about it? The most effective way to battle this kind of enemy is to create a vaccine against it 💉. Multiple companies have been in a race since COVID-19 was discovered to do just that, and some of them eventually succeeded 💪.
Yes, we have an awaited defence against COVID-19!
Since there are about 32.5 million people in Malaysia, not everybody can get vaccinated immediately. It raises a whole load of new questions:
- Who will be first in the queue to get the vaccine?
- When are you likely to be offered it?
We created this calculator to deliver the answers to both of these crucial questions. The vaccine queue calculator for Malaysia will estimate how many people are ahead of you in the queue to get a COVID vaccine in Malaysia. It also predicts how long you might have to wait to get your vaccine. By using our tool, you'll have a better idea of when you can expect to get vaccinated.
We've based our vaccine queue calculator on the government's National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme and the likely rate of vaccination.
Who gets the vaccine first? - The priority list
It's great that we now have COVID vaccines that have been approved for general use. However, that's not the end of the COVID story just yet. Millions of doses of vaccines now have to be produced, distributed, and injected into the arms of people. That is one massive manufacturing, logistical, and time-consuming task for everyone involved. It is all going to take time.
The Malaysian government has published a priority list of the groups that will get a COVID vaccine in the first phase (there are English and Malaysian versions available). Let's take a look at the list:
- Priority group 1: Frontliners comprising of public and private healthcare personnel.
- Priority group 2: Frontliners consisting of essential services, defence and security personnel. These include members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Malaysian Police, People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA), Malaysian Prisons Department, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, Social Welfare Department, and Volunteer Department of Malaysia (RELA).
- Priority group 3: Teachers at high risk.
- Priority group 1: Remainder of healthcare workers as well as those in essential services and defence and security personnel.
- Priority group 2: Senior citizens (those aged 60 and over), the high-risk group with chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure and people with disabilities (OKU).
- Adult population aged 18 years and older (citizens & noncitizens). However, the priority will be given to those in the red zones; followed by those in yellow zones, and finally those in green zones.
How to use the vaccine queue calculator for Malaysia?
Follow these steps to calculate your likely place in the COVID vaccine queue. The first section is all about you:
Enter your age in years.
Are you in a high-risk group with chronic diseases?
Generally, the older you are, the sooner you'll be called up to have the vaccine.
- Say whether you work in a public and private healthcare centre (e.g., nurse, doctor, etc.).
- Do you work in a frontline essential services, defence, or security?.
The above two groups are likely to have a lot of exposure to the virus and need to be protected.
- Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
If the answer is yes, please consult your doctor. There is insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy.
You will then see an estimate of the minimum and the maximum number of people who are in-line to receive the vaccine before you. We also indicate how long it might be before you get both doses of the vaccine and become fully protected, based on the vaccination rate. By default, we base these figures on a vaccination rate of 100,000 vaccinations per day (the target is between 75,000 and 150,000 vaccines per day), and an uptake rate of 80%. If you want to change these values, you can do it in the Rollout of vaccines section.
We know that waiting to get the vaccine might be frustrating. However, by prioritising those people that are most at risk of hospitalisation and death, we should quickly be able to save lives with this fantastic new weapon against the virus.
Who shouldn't be vaccinated?
COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended in only one case - children under 18 years old 👶👦👧
This shouldn't surprise you or raise any doubts, since new drugs are usually tested on adults first. However, with more available studies, these contraindications might change.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA) & Drug Control Authority (DCA) and passed all their safety tests. However, as with any approved drug on the market, you may experience side effects. Generally, though, the risk of side effects is much smaller than the possible consequences of a nasty COVID-19 infection.
These side effects include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Some people might also have injection site swelling, redness, and nausea. In very rare cases people can feel unwell and have enlarged lymph nodes.
How many shots of the COVID-19 vaccine will I need?
Nearly all COVID-19 vaccines approved or under development need two shots to be effective. The doses need to be around 3 to 12 weeks apart, depending on the vaccine. For example, you need to have the two Pfizer/BioNTech shots 21 days apart, while the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine can be taken up to 12 weeks apart. Malaysia has also ordered CanSinoBIO vaccines, which require only one dose.
I'm pregnant or breastfeeding. Can I be vaccinated?
Currently, clinical trials have not yet provided data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women. At the same time, there is no information on contraindications to the vaccination during pregnancy. According to the CDC, women who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. healthcare personnel) may choose to be vaccinated.
🤰 Pregnant and lactating women should clarify possible doubts with their doctor.
Women planning to become pregnant in the near future are advised to take the vaccination. The vaccine has not been shown to affect fertility.
Do I still need to wear a mask after I am vaccinated?
Yes, you need to wear a mask. At this stage, it is still unclear whether the current vaccine will also prevent the transmission of the virus to people around you. It is similar to the current situation where people have COVID-19 but suffer no symptoms, but are still able to transmit it to others. It may be only until a good majority of people have been vaccinated that restrictions to our daily lives are lifted.
For flu, experts say the herd immunity should be achieved when around 70% of population gets vaccinated, so that is the current working theory for COVID-19.
If I've had COVID-19, do I need to be vaccinated?
Yes. If you have had COVID-19, then your body will have some natural immunity to it, preventing you from suffering from it again. However, some early evidence suggests this natural immunity might not last very long. While we also don't know precisely how long the vaccine's protection lasts, it could be better than your natural immunity, and it will undoubtedly extend the time you are resistant to COVID-19.
Will there be enough vaccine for everyone?
Certainly not at the moment, but eventually, yes. Pfizer alone plans to produce 1.3 billion doses of its vaccine in 2021. As further vaccines are approved and manufactured, more supply will come online to meet the demand around the world.
We try our best to make our Omni Calculators as precise and reliable as possible. However, this tool can never replace a professional doctor's assessment. Consult your doctor before taking the vaccine and in case of any doubt.
1 March 2021
- The publication of the vaccine queue calculator for Malaysia.
9 March 2021
- The actual vaccination rate was introduced.
- The vaccination rate changes can be shown in the chart