Malaysians advised to take third dose to increase body immunity against COVID-19 infections – DG Dr. Noor Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA NOV.12: Malaysian adults aged 60 and above are advised to get their third dose or booster shots to increase the body immunity against COVID-19 infections.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, this advisory is in line with the government circular dated 17th October 2021 that has requested the adult group besides persons above 18 with co-morbidities, aged 40 groups and above who does know the “symptoms”, pregnant ladies, front liners and health care workers to get their booster jabs.

However, Dr. Noor Hisham said he is more concerned on those who have not had any dose to get the COVID-19 vaccination the soonest possible.

“Currently 80 per cent of the Malaysian population have been fully vaccinated and the rate will increase to 85 per cent by the end of the month. Now more than 95 per cent of the adults have received their two doses,” Dr. Noor Hisham said in a press conference held here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, when the percentage rates of fully vaccinated people have reached the maximum level then more sectors could be opened.

The Director General of Health also emphasized that what is most worrying is the COVID-19 cases in Europe has currently increased even though more people have been fully vaccinated earlier compared to the Malaysians.

“We have to be prepared by taking the third dose besides adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) as now the numbers of COVID-19 cases are still horizontal,” Dr. Noor Hisham said.

Dr. Noor Hisham also stressed that the experiences and studies conducted in Thailand showed that the body immunity level of Pfizer booster recipients have increased after they had two doses of Sinovac.

He added, for people who have had two doses of Pfizer vaccinations and others will have to wait until six months to have the third dose. –Malaysia World News

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