Our Message to the Public:

Following the announcement of the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 16 February 2021, the COVID-19 vaccination is the biggest National Immunisation Programme in history. Being a part of the healthcare sector, we encourage members of the public to get vaccinated responsibly so that we may all continue to care for ourselves and our loved ones. We understand that you may have concerns. Please be assured that vaccination is a key and safe step to slow down the spread of the virus and ultimately, curb the pandemic.

Dr Lee Soon Han (李顺汉医生), Consultant Emergency Physician of ‎Sunway Medical Centre getting his vaccination

Where is the venue?

Sunway Medical Centre is now the appointed COVID-19 Vaccination Centre or “Zon Pemberian Vaksin”(ZPV) in Selangor. The COVID-19 vaccination takes place at the SunMed Convention Centre, which is located at Level 4 of Tower A, Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City.

Sunway Medical Centre’s frontliners in high spirits while waiting for their turns for vaccination

What to expect?

Phase 1 of the vaccination started on 10 March 2021 for the frontliners and is currently ongoing until April. In this phase, Sunway Medical Centre is a designated vaccination centre for ten other private hospitals in the Petaling District. We will continue to serve the needs of the public in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the National Immunisation Programme.

Frequently Asked Questions at SunMed Convention Centre

Pre-vaccination concerns

01

How safe are the COVID-19 vaccines?

All vaccines approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) are safe and efficacious for use in Malaysia. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the minimum level of efficacy for the COVID-19 vaccine is 50%. Like all new drugs or vaccines, evaluation and monitoring studies are still ongoing

02

Who should or should not take the vaccine? What if I have some existing conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies, pregnant or planning to conceive?

The vaccine is safe for majority of the population. However, we encourage these groups of individuals to defer from being vaccinated:

  • Immunocompromised (weaker immune system)
  • Severe allergy to food, medicine or vaccines
  • Undergoing cancer treatments such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy or immunotherapy
  • HIV+ patients with white blood cell (CD4) count of less than 200 cells/ml
  • Has low blood cell platelets (less than 50,000 per microliter)
  • Has chronic diseases e.g kidney or lung damages
  • Had a transplant procedure 3 months before the vaccination
  • Had a monoclonal antibody or bloom plasma treatment for COVID-19 3 months before the vaccination
  • Below 18 years of age

We encourage these groups of individuals to seek advice from your doctor first:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Planning to conceive
  • Develop a severe allergic reaction after the first dose

03

Can I take the vaccine with other vaccines at the same time?

We do not recommend that and advise you to schedule your other vaccines at least:

  • 14 days before the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine OR
  • 28 days after the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

04

The virus continues to mutate, so what’s the point of taking the vaccine?

Mutations are expected to occur in any new or existing virus. However, based on the data and findings, the COVID-19 vaccine seems to be working and active testing continues to take place. As of March 2021, more than 2-3 million people in the U.S and U.K. have received the vaccines and more countries are rolling this out, including Malaysia.

05

Is the vaccine halal?

Yes. This has been endorsed as “halal dan harus” (recommended) by the Fatwa Council of Malaysia.

A nursing team administering the vaccines

Post-vaccination concerns

01

What are the side effects I can expect?

Similar to other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine may result in some side effects known as the Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI). However, NOT all recipients will experience this. As for those who do, they are usually mild without the need for additional treatment. Some side effects may occur for some individuals, such as:

  • Pain / swelling at injection
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Joints / muscles pain
  • Fatigue
  • Fever / chills

Therefore, rest assured that:

  • At the vaccination site – You will be given 15-30 minutes resting and observation time
  • After the vaccination – You will be provided with information on how to report or seek further treatment should you display side effects later on

02

There is news that some people are still tested positive after getting the first vaccine shot, why is that so?

It takes time for our body to develop an immunity. This means that a vaccine recipient is still susceptible to being infected by the virus after the shot. Therefore, it is important that you continue to maintain the new normal of wearing a mask, practice social distancing and good hygiene even after you have been vaccinated.

03

After completing my vaccination, can I travel overseas and still be required to serve quarantine period?

This depends on the reason of your travel, the SOPs that are imposed by our Government and the regulations of the country you are traveling to. When you return to Malaysia, you are still required to observe the SOPs that are in place at the time of your travel accordingly.

04

After completing my vaccination, can I go about without mask?

No country or individual is completely safe until the whole world is vaccinated. This is still a long time to go, and it begins today with the vaccination. Therefore, even vaccinated, we highly encourage you to continue practicing the 3Ws and avoiding the 3Cs.

Please:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance

To avoid:

  • Crowded places
  • Close contacts
  • Closed spaces

05

What about the long-term side effects say in 3 to 5 years’ time?

Like all new drugs and vaccines, this is something that will continue to be monitored for all vaccine recipients should there be any rare side effects that might occur. And this is true for all countries globally who have begun rolling out their COVID-19 vaccination programmes. The likelihood of long-term side effects will be very remote and will be isolated cases.

Private hospitals band together to vaccinate frontliners

How Covid-19 vaccine is kept cool during storage and transportation

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