Will your digital vaccine certificate in MySejahtera get deleted next week by the government?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Government Will Delete Your Digital Vaccine Certificate Next Week!
People are sharing this alarming message on WhatsApp, claiming that the government is going to delete the digital vaccine certificates for at least 2 million people.
It also warned that the wiping process could take out everyone else’s digital vaccine certificates too.
Next week the govt will wipe off the digital certs from the 2 million vaccinated people who refuse to take the 3rd booster.
In case Mysejahtera By MISTAKE also wipe ours off, it is suggested :
#Better screenshot your digital cert and the booster’s info on my sej now and keep it.
Next week MOH will clean up the vaccinated status for those who did not take the booster jab. They may mistakenly clear yours too.
Truth : Your Digital Vaccine Certificate Is Not Getting Deleted!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created and shared on WhatsApp on a daily basis, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : KKM Called It Fake News
On 28 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) labelled the post as fake news.
They are a bit late to the game, but hey – at least, it’s official!
Fact #2 : Only Vaccination Status Will Change On 1 April 2022
The only thing that will change on 1 April 2022 is your vaccination status.
On 24 March 2022, the government announced that starting 1 April 2022, there will be four possible vaccination status in MySejahtera (from best to worst) :
- Fully Vaccinated
- Partially Vaccinated
Approximately 2.37 million vaccinated people who refused to receive the booster dose will lose their Fully Vaccinated status. They will instead be downgraded to Partially Vaccinated.
For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :
|COVID-19 Vaccine||No. of Doses||18-59
|60 Years Old
|2 Doses||Partially Vaccinated|
|3 Doses||Fully Vaccinated|
|2 Doses||Fully Vaccinated||Partially Vaccinated|
|3 Doses||Boosted||Fully Vaccinated|
|1 Dose||Fully Vaccinated||Partially Vaccinated|
|2 Doses||Boosted||Fully Vaccinated|
Fact #3 : Digital Vaccine Certificates Will Not Change
The digital vaccine certificate is a legal record that acknowledges and verifies that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
It not only lists the number of doses you have received, it also includes other details like the date of vaccinations, as well as vaccine manufacturer and batch.
The digital vaccine certificate does NOT include your vaccination status, and will not change unless you receive additional vaccine doses.
Fact #4 : Digital Vaccine Certificates Will Not Be Deleted
Let me be clear – the government is NOT going to wipe out the digital vaccine certificate of people who refuse the booster dose.
The digital vaccine certificate is a legal record of your COVID-19 vaccinations, and cannot be deleted even if you do not receive the booster dose.
It is like your SPM examination records. Just because you refuse to go to college, they cannot delete your SPM results.
If you refuse the booster dose, your digital vaccine certificate will remain with the two doses you took earlier.
You can, for example, continue to use your digital vaccine certificate to travel to countries that only require the primary series vaccination (without booster dose).
Fact #5 : You Can Download + Print Digital Vaccine Certificate
The viral advice also stupidly asks you to take a screenshot of the digital vaccine certificate.
Why do that when you already have the option to download a PDF copy, which you can save and print?
This PDF download option was introduced in MySejahtera months ago – in October 2021.
You can follow the video below (or these step-by-step instructions) to find out how to generate a PDF copy of your digital vaccine certificate, which you can save, download and print.
In summary – the government is NOT going to wipe out your digital vaccine certificate next week.
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