The Health Ministry has announced that conditional approval has been given for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to be administered as a booster dose for those aged 18 and above.
In a statement, Health Director-General (DG), Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the booster dose will be given out to recipients at least 6 months after they’ve received their second shot.
He also mentioned that this is the first Covid-19 vaccine approved for booster dose use in the country.
“This conditional approval required information on the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine to be evaluated based on the latest data.”
“This is to ensure that the comparison of the benefits over risks for the vaccine remains positive.” he said in the statement.
Meanwhile, he added that the Ministry is committed to improve the public’s access to Covid-19 vaccine products in Malaysia, by ensuring that they have been evaluated in terms of quality, safety and effectiveness by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) and approved by the Drug Control Authority (DCA).
Previously, the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said Sarawak would be the first to begin administering booster shots this month.
However, these booster shots will be offered on a voluntary basis to those who needed them, including those with comorbidities or chronic illnesses.
The booster shots will be available for the public at government and private clinics.
Meanwhile, devising a booster dose policy was among Khairy’s 100-day key performance indicators (KPIs) as health minister.
Read the statement from the Health Ministry here: