Malaysia to start giving Covid-19 booster dose for senior citizens, frontliners

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PUTRAJAYA, Oct 13 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) will start despensing the Covid-19 vaccine booster dose ( third jab) nationwide to senior citizens aged 60 and above, as well as frontliners.

The Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin said the objective of administering the Covid-19 booster shot is to ensure an “optimum protection period for recipients in Malaysia.”

“Individuals who are eligible would be informed through MySejahtera application. For individuals who do not have MySejahtera, the announcement would be made via SMS (short messaging system) or phone call by the vaccination centre (PPV),” Khairy in a statement yesterday.

The additional third ( dose) is free under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Khairy said recipients who were earlier fully vaccinated with Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine would receive the same vaccine (homologous vaccination) which is the Comirnaty vaccine.

“The extra dose would be given at least 28 days after getting complete vaccination for Covid-19.

“The additional dose will be given at selected health facilities under the supervision of a doctor,” Khairy said.

 


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