MySejahtera 2.0: Malaysia’s COVID-19 contact tracing app becomes a health record app

The Malaysian Ministry of Health recently released MySejahtera 2.0, the latest version which brings several new features. Since Malaysia began its transition to the endemic phase, the active use of MySejahtera has decreased significantly, as QR code registrations for COVID-19 contact tracing were no longer required as of May 1.

According to the Ministry of Health statement, MySejahtera has been upgraded to become a public health platform. The two new features include viewing medical screening and immunization records for infants born after July 1, 2022. The immunization record feature aims to be convenient as it can be displayed digitally rather than relying on manual records. He also hopes that MySejahtera can help encourage Malaysians to adopt a healthier lifestyle by providing them with tools to easily monitor their health trends.

On the new home screen, you will notice that there is no longer a COVID-19 status, COVID-19 self-declaration, or COVID-19 vaccination in the top panel. Instead, you’ll get 5 shortcuts to Traveler, Infectious Disease Tracking, Help Desk, Dependent Management, and Health Facility Locator. If you need to verify your COVID-19 vaccination appointment or report your COVID-19 self-test results, you will need to tap “more”.

Since COVID-19 stats are no longer the primary focus, the second tab at the bottom of the screen is now used to view your health records. By default, this section is empty and you will need to enter your height, weight and blood type. This is somewhat similar to the Health or Fitness apps you get preloaded on Apple and Samsung smartphones.

Other functions on the page such as health report and lab test report. This section will be used if you are being screened under the National Health Screening Initiative at government health clinics.

Meanwhile, the Immunization section doesn’t seem to be ready for adults and it’s showing as “Coming Soon.” According to the Ministry of Health, vaccination records will be posted after a baby receives an injection of bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) in health facilities as part of the national vaccination program for children born after the 1st July 2022. Other vaccines that will be shown include Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenza, Diphtera (D), Tetanus (T) and Acellular Pertussis (AP) (DTAP), Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Encephalitis Japanese (EJ) and COVID-19. Parents are still allowed to use the vaccination record to keep their vaccination record.

Other sections, including the COVID-19 status page, remain unchanged. It still shows your current risk of COVID-19 and your vaccination status. QR recording as well as MySJ Bluetooth contact tracing feature are still kept. The profile page also remains unchanged and displays your current health status, travel card, recent COVID-19 test result, and digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

Based on the latest MySejahtera data from the Ministry of Health shared on GitHub on June 11, there have been less than 100,000 daily check-ins for MySejahtera. In this current version, users still do not have the possibility to register as an organ donor.

Malaysia has recently seen an upsurge in new COVID-19 cases with over 5,000 cases reported daily on July 15-16. The Ministry of Health encourages the elderly and people with comorbidities to obtain their 2nd booster to increase their level of protection. According to the COVIDNow dashboard, 68.5% of adults received a single booster and less than 1% received their second booster shot. Eligible individuals are encouraged to book their COVID-19 booster appointment through the COVID-19 Vaccine page through MySejahtera.