Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines can now be used in the booster dose program.
All Above 18 Years Old Now Eligible For Booster Dose As Per CITF Recommendation
The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force-Booster (CITF-B) Technical Working Committee has recommended booster doses for all Malaysian citizens aged 18 and above.
According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the vaccines that will be utilised include Comirnaty (from Pfizer BioNTech), AstraZeneca, and CoronaVac (Sinovac), with priority given to frontline workers, those with comorbidities, pregnant women, and those required to traveloverseas.
“For recipients of CoronaVac, the booster dose would be given three months after the second dose. They are recommended to receive a Comirnaty (Pfizer) booster dose for all levels or the AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals aged 50 and above.
“For individuals who cannot take Comirnaty or AstraZeneca vaccines as a booster, the CoronaVac vaccine can be administered, nonetheless they have to inform the vaccination centre (PPV) to receive the vaccine," he announced in a statement on Wednesday 24 Nov.
source - NST
Apart from that, AstraZeneca vaccination recipients can now have a booster dose six months after the second dose, and it is suggested that they receive the same vaccine regardless of their age, however the Comirnaty vaccine could also be used.
Khairy stated that recipients of other vaccines such as Comirnaty, Spikevax (Moderna), Convidecia (CanSino), Covilo (Sinopharm), and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) are recommended to receive the Comirnaty vaccine as a booster dose for individuals of all ages or the AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals aged 50 and older.
“Recipients of Comirnaty, Spikevax and Convidecia would be given booster dose six months after the last jab while for recipients of Covilo vaccine, it is three months after the second dose and the Janssen vaccine, two months after the last shot," he said.
He said that the booster dose would be administered at private medical facilities or off-site private health facilities, as well as selected health clinics and government hospitals, along with outreach centres.
He stated that eligible individuals will be registered for booster doses through the MySejahtera app, or they could register to be placed on waiting lists for appointment dates at designated public and private health facilities.
The list of public and private health facilities participating in the booster dose administrations may be found on the Health Ministry’s website at covid19.moh.gov.my/vaksin-covid-19 or on the Protect Health website at protecthealth.com.my.