Yesterday (26 August), the Health Director-General, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah took it to Twitter and said that the administration of booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to those fully vaccinated will not help control the spread of the Delta variant.
“What will help control the Delta variant is vaccinating those who have yet to be vaccinated.”
“We must increase vaccination coverage in the country before considering booster shots, no one is safe until everyone is safe.” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the vaccination rates in Labuan and the Klang Valley, 92.8% and 86.9% of the population were fully vaccinated, according to FMT.
However, there were several other states that are lagging far behind, among the states that have the lowest vaccination rates are Sabah (33.8%), Kedah (40.2%) and Kelantan (40.8%).
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham’s statement is consistent with that from the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who suggested that booster shots be delayed so as to prioritise raising vaccination rates in countries where very small percentages of the population have been inoculated.
“In addition, there is a debate about whether booster shots are effective at all.” Ghebreyesus was quoted by Reuters as saying.
He also mentioned that Hungary was the first country in the European Union to allow residents to register for booster doses earlier this month, with more than 187,000 people receiving these shots so far.
Meanwhile, the US had on last week announced that it would be offering booster shots for all Americans beginning from 20 September, partly due to decreasing protection against Covid-19 and variants such as Delta.
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Read the statement from Dr Noor Hisham here: