- Sarawak Health Department will begin administering third doses and booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccination to eligible patients across the state.
- The third dose will be given to those with weaker immune systems, elderly above 60 years old and frontliners across the state.
Third Dose Vaccine Booster Shots Starts In Sarawak Today
As of this Wednesday 13 October, the Sarawak Health Department will begin administering third doses and booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccination to eligible patients across the state.
In a statement, Deputy State Health Director (Public Health) Dr Rosemawati Ariffin said that the third dose will be given to those with weaker immune systems, which she estimated to be 11,900 individuals in Sarawak.
Booster shots will also be provided to 80,300 elderly people over the age of 60, as well as 30,340 frontliners across the state.
In a statement on Wednesday (Oct 14), she said “the third dose and booster shots will be administered at selected public health clinics, private hospitals and private clinics. Eligible recipients can contact the clinics to obtain an appointment.”
Dr. Rosemawati said that the administration of third doses and booster injections did not imply that the vaccination previously administered was ineffective, but rather that it was intended to provide additional protection to vulnerable groups of people.
“This includes immunocompromised individuals for whom two doses of the vaccine are not enough to give them protection or stimulate an immune response to fight Covid-19.”
“A third dose is needed when the immune response is not adequate following the primary vaccine series," she said.
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The booster injection, according to Dr. Rosemawati, will also offer extra protection to those whose immune response to the first vaccine course has weakened over time.
She added that “we hope the administering of the third dose and booster shots to high-risk groups will help steer Sarawak and Malaysia out of the pandemic crisis towards the endemic phase.”
In a recent interview, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Sarawak will be the first state to begin administering booster doses this month.
The Cominarty vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech has been approved for use in Malaysia’s booster dose programme, according to the ministry.