PUTRAJAYA:- The Drug Control Authority (PBKD) has approved the Comimaty vaccine manufactured by Pfizer-BioTech, CooronaVac vaccine produced by Sinovac/Pharmaniaga Lifescience and AstraZeneca to be used as booster doses.
Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin said, the Technical Works Committee under the COVID-19 Booster Immunisation Action Body (CITF-B) has proposed the booster doses to be given to all the people aged 18 and above with appointment priorities following age step down approach; front line workers, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant women and requirement to go abroad.
He said, the implementation of the booster doses to fully vaccinated recipients are CoronaVac (Sinovac) vaccine after three months from the second dose. It is proposed that the booster vaccine Comimaty (Pfizer) to be given to all ages or AstraZaneca vaccine for individuals aged 50 and above.
Khairy added, for those who did not take the Comimaty vaccine (Pfizer) or AstraZeneca as booster dose the CoronaVac (Sinovac) can be taken.
“For individuals who choose to take CoronaVac (Sinovac) for the booster dose, they can inform the PPV about it. However the Technical Works Committee has proposed to take the Comimaty (Pfizer) vaccine or AstraZeneca as the booster dose,” Khairy said in a statement here on Wednesday (24th Nov.2021).
However, the AstraZeneca vaccine he said should be taken six months after the second dose. It is proposed that AstraZeneca booster dose should be taken for all ages while the Comimaty (Pfizer) vaccine can also be used.
Khairy said, for other types of vaccine such as Comimaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna) and Convidecia (CanSino) could be taken after six months from the last dose and Covilo vaccine (Sinopharm) after three months from the second dose.
The Minister added, the people can take the Janssen vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) after two months from the last dose. It is also proposed that Comimaty vaccine (Pfizer) could be taken by all ages or AstraZeneca for individuals aged 50 and above.
“The date of appointment for qualified individual to get the booster dose will be given via MySejahtera apps or the recipient can register in the waiting list or get the appointment date at the public and selected private health facility,” Khairy said.
The list of public and private health facilities involved with the booster dose is found at the Ministry of Health website at http://covid-19.moh.gov.my/vaksin-covid-19 or at the Protect Health website https://protecthealth.com.my/. –Malaysia World News