Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said the interval time for booster shot in Malaysia has been shortened from the initial six months recommendation for Pfizer and AstraZeneca (AZ) recipients.
In a press conference, Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin mentioned that the interval time between completed vaccine dose with the booster shot has been shortened from six months to three months.
The new recommendation is made according to the data and guidelines made by health experts in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
“There has been strong evidence that COVID-19 boosters may increase protection against infections by the Omicron variant. An early study involving 21 million booster doses in the United Kingdom showed convincing data,” he announced.
Other than Pfizer and AZ, Sinovac recipients have already been recommended to take their booster shots after 3 months.
With this new announcement, the interval time between primary vaccination and booster shots are standardized together.
The appointments will be rolled out considering age and risk factors. Thus, priority will be given to:
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