Individuals Who Can't Get Vaccinated For Medical Reasons Can Apply For Exemption Cert
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Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin said that individuals who can't get vaccinated due to medical factors including allergies can apply for a special digital exemption certificate. He mentioned that the certs can be applied on the MySejahtera app through the nearest District Health Office (PKD) by submitting a 'Suitability Assessment Slip for Receiving Covid-19 Vaccine for Patients With Certain Health Problems'.
The exemption certificates will be issued to the individual within a week once the application is completed and all conditions are met. “Physicians will advise other types of vaccines that are suitable and this is in the Clinical Guidelines of the Ministry of Health (MOH). For example, if a person is allergic to Pfizer type vaccine, other types of vaccines such as Sinovac can be given,” Khairy said.
“If the individual is confirmed unable to take the vaccine for medical reasons, the individual will have to adhere more strictly to standard operating procedures (SOPs) on their own such as wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing and frequent hand washing. This is because the individual is more at risk for getting infected with Covid-19,” he added.
Those who have been confirmed to be ineligible for Covid-19 vaccine need to be verified by a registered expert who treats the individuals involved. The registered expert needs to be a physician in a private hospital, or medical officer who treats patients in the absence of a physician in specialised government hospitals, or a family physician in a government clinic.