- Mixing Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines for booster doses is set to start this month.
- “Studies on its safety have been done and we’ve been assured that it is safe to be administered”, Khairy said.
Mixing Vaccines For Covid Booster Shots Approved Says Khairy
According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the government has authorised the use of heterologous Covid-19 vaccinations for booster dose recipients.
“We are allowing heterologous vaccination where we mix the vaccines for their booster dose, set to roll out this month.”
“Studies on its safety have been done and we’ve been assured that it is safe to be administered,” he said during Parliament today.
Heterologous vaccination refers to vaccination schedules in which a second, booster immunisation is administered using a vaccine that is not the same as the first.
Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Sinovac vaccines were utilised in Malaysia’s immunisation programme.
Last Monday, the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) convened and agreed to proceed with combining booster doses, according to Khairy.
He said that the director of the Institute of Medical Research, Dr. Kalaiarasu M. Peariasamy, had informed JKJAV that booster doses are safe and that they would approve them.
He didn’t say whether or not the individual may select which booster injection they desire.
The government plans to start administering booster vaccinations to individuals who have been completely vaccinated this month, starting with high-risk populations.