MySejahtera system must be ready to handle usage increase


By S. Harrish

WITH the high number of vaccinations expected starting next month, the government has been urged to ensure the MySejahtera app was ready for the sudden surge of usage.

Former Stampin MP Julian Tan said this was necessary as millions of vaccine doses will be arriving in the coming months.

He said in a statement that the Covid-19 vaccination rate has risen from 40,000 doses in April to a record high of 83,648 last Wednesday.

But on Saturday, the figure dropped to around 45,200 doses as he said it was probably due to system issues which also caused delays and long queues at vaccination centres (PPV).

Malaysia targets to administer 160,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses per day from June onwards, a four-fold increase.

Julian Tan

Tan, who is also Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen’s special assistant, said the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Special Committee (JKJAV) needed to communicate with all relevant parties on the reliability and stability of the system.

“The feedback will enable JKJAV to gauge the system resiliency and ability to cope with the upcoming four-fold increase in vaccinations.

“PPVs rely heavily on the MySejahtera system to process those coming for the vaccinations. Even a slight setback on the MySejahtera system will severely impact the speed and smooth flow of the vaccination process.”

Tan said the state government should also work closely with telco companies to ensure all the PPVs have an uninterrupted network connection.

“Even at this current rate, some PPVs are experiencing snail-paced telco connections. Those who come for vaccination need a good network connection to log in to their MySejahtera app during the vaccination process and coordinate their transportation for pickup.

“Poor telco connectivity will unequivocally slow down the overall vaccination process.”

Tan said the vaccination programme was an unprecedented nationwide effort never experience before and it was crucial to plan and anticipate any possible challenges that may deter efforts to get as many people as possible to be vaccinated.

“It must be a flawless well-coordinated effort and nothing less.”

Tan added that Malaysians and the economy were also showing signs of fatigue from the ever-changing SOPs and movement restrictions.

“We keep breaching the previous daily records and testing remains at the disappointing rate of 70,000 per day instead of the targeted 150,000.”

With ICUs full, he said Malaysia cannot afford to miss its vaccination target.