Sinovac Booster Dose Reserved Only For Those Who Are Allergic To Pfizer

source – anadolu agency

Sinovac vaccine would be administered as a Covid-19 booster dose only for individuals who are ineligible for or have an allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine says Sarawak Health Department.


Sinovac Booster Dose Reserved Only For Those Who Are Allergic To Pfizer

The Sarawak health department has clarified that the Sinovac vaccine would be administered only as a Covid-19 booster dose for individuals who are ineligible for or have an allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine.

Dr Rosemawati Ariffin, Deputy Director (Public Health) of the State Health Department, said the administration of Covid-19 booster doses throughout Sarawak is in accordance with the Health Ministry’s latest policy, which allows only the Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer to be used as booster shots.

She said that Pfizer booster doses would be delivered to Pfizer recipients who have had two doses in the last six months, as well as Sinovac recipients who have received two doses in the last three months.

“The Pfizer booster dose will also be given to those who had completed their Sinovac vaccinations (thorough mixing vaccines), except in certain circumstances where the recipient has a contraindication or is allergic to the Pfizer vaccine," Dr Ariffin said in a statement.

The Drug Control Authority (DCA) has granted Pfizer’s Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine provisional clearance for use as booster doses.

Dr Rosemawati was responding to a query from DAP Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang on why the Sinovac booster dose is currently accessible in Sabah but not in Sarawak.

Chang said that since the majority of people remain skeptical and apprehensive about the ‘mix-and-match’ vaccination strategy, the government should quickly and decisively permit the Sinovac vaccine to be used as a booster dose for individuals who want the same brand/type of vaccine.

source CNBC

Chang noted that she had seen a Sabahan’s MySejahtera digital certificate, which indicated that his first, second, and booster vaccination doses had all been administered by Sinovac.

Dr Rosemawati said that the Covid-19 booster dose programme, which began last month in Sarawak, prioritised the elderly aged 60 and over, healthcare and security personnel, and individuals with comorbidities.

She said that the policy was consistent with the Health Ministry’s existing circular and guidelines on the administration of booster and third doses.

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