Pfizer Approved For Use As Covid Vaccine Booster Dose But Not Compulsory For All

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  • Pfizer’s Covid-19 has been conditionally approved for use as a booster dose in Malaysia.

  • Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin stated that third vaccination doses will be “very targeted" to high-risk individuals.

Pfizer Approved For Use As Covid Vaccine Booster Dose But Not Compulsory For All

Pfizer’s Covid-19 has been conditionally approved for use as a booster dose in Malaysia. In an official statement released on 8th October 2021 by the Ministry of Health and Health Director General Dr Noor Hisham, the booster dose is to be given at least six months after the second dose. 

According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the government will not make it mandatory for individuals to get Covid-19 vaccination booster doses.

The Health Minister said that booster injections would be given to high-risk populations, such as the elderly, the immunocompromised, and healthcare workers, but will not be mandatory.

“We will not force it on them, but we will highly recommend that these groups come and get their booster doses six months after they have received their second vaccination doses.”

“This is because we found there is a waning immune response from vaccines that have been given,” Khairy said during a press conference held on Thursday at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (Oct 7).

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KKM Official Statement

Booster Shots Not Compulsory For All

In defending Malaysia’s booster programme amid worldwide concerns over Covid-19 vaccine inequity, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin stated that third vaccination doses will be “very targeted" to high-risk individuals like the immunocompromised and the elderly with severe medical conditions.

People with weakened immune systems, elderly citizens with comorbidities, frontline health workers, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities would be given priority over the general public, according to Khairy.

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Covid-19 vaccine booster doses are expected to start this month for the following groups of people:

  1. The elderly with comorbidities
  2. Frontliners
  3. Immunocompromised patients
  4. Those caring for elderly people

Khairy also said that if a person does not receive booster doses, their vaccination status would not be affected.

“If you are fully vaccinated, your status remains so. A booster dose, or lack of, will not affect your status as a fully vaccinated person,” said Khairy.

Malaysia has started administering booster vaccines this month, with the initiative beginning in Sarawak.

Latest figures show that 89.1% of Malaysia’s adult population has been fully vaccinated, with 2 doses of vaccines. A mere 0.9% away from the target of 90% required for interstate travels to be approved. 94.6% of Malaysia’s adult population has received at least 1 dose of the vaccine to date. 

As for the vaccination statistics for Malaysia’s total population, 64.3% have been fully vaccinated, with 74.4% of the country’s population having at least 1 dose of the vaccine.

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