KJ Urges Malaysians To Get Their Booster Jabs As R-Nought Infectivity Rises

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Many individuals who had been fully vaccinated with CoronaVac by Sinovac were hesitant about receiving the booster dose due to the vaccine being of a different brand to their prior doses. 


KJ Urges Malaysians To Get Their Booster Jabs As R-Nought Infectivity Rises

According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the national R-nought infectivity rate for Covid-19 has increased to 1.04.

He warned the people to keep their masks on and avoid crowded areas in a tweet on Saturday (Nov 13).

“National Rt is 1.04. Keep your masks on. Avoid crowded places.”

“Senior citizens, especially, should get their booster jabs when it’s available to them. Practise #TRIIS," he tweeted.

The abbreviation TRIIS stands for test, report, isolate, inform, and seek.

Earlier this year, the Health Ministry urged the public not to delay receiving Comirnaty vaccine booster doses to protect themselves, regardless of the prior brand of vaccination they received.

Due to the country’s rising infectivity rate (R0), the Health Ministry has advised the people that they must play a role in safeguarding themselves and the community.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, director-general of health, said that research has shown that the heterologous (or mixing) strategy is effective at providing protection.

It was reported that many individuals who had been fully vaccinated with CoronaVac by Sinovac were hesitant about receiving the booster dose due to the vaccine being of a different brand to their prior doses. Comirnaty vaccine is manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech.

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On Nov 11, five weeks after interstate travel was permitted, Malaysia’s RO (R-naught) increased to 1.0.

For example, if the R-value is 1, it indicates that on average, 10 infected individuals will transmit Covid-19 to 10 others. A value of R greater than 1 indicates that the number of cases will rise.

If the R-value goes below one, the infection will finally stop spreading due to a lack of newly infected individuals to perpetuate the spread.

The last time the country’s R-value was greater than one was on August 31 of this year. Since late July, the country’s infectivity rate has been declining but has been gradually increasing since October 20.

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