Malaysia has vaccinated more than 95% of its adult population and the Ministry of Health (KKM) had previously rolled out the booster shots to the frontliners and the vulnerable.
According to Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham, the ministry is not expanding the application of the 3rd doses or booster shots to the 4 following groups:
- People over 18 years old with comorbidity
- People over 40 years old
- Pregnant woman
- Non-medical frontline personnel
He said this is in line with the recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE).
Dr Noor Hisham also said that the research data showed that those who are vaccinated will face a decline in immunity after a few months.
This will then lead to an increase in the number of breakthrough infections, such as the highly-contagious Delta variant.
“As more mutant strains come into existence, it becomes a concern as these variants are easier to spread and affect a country’s ability to prevent an epidemic.” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said that some foreign countries had started giving their citizens the booster dose and Malaysia has now implemented the booster shots based on the scientific data obtained from these countries.
Meanwhile, it is reported that those who are eligible will receive their appointments through the MySejahtera.
There will be no walk-ins booster shots too as the Health Ministry needs time to consider it.
As for those who missed their booster shot appointments, you can reschedule the appointment or the ministry will attempt to contact you personally.
“We are concerned when we look at what is happening in Europe and other countries that were ahead of us in their vaccination rollout. Despite us not having a huge spike in cases, the Rt has plateaued.”
“This is the time for everyone to be more vigilant and aware that prevention is best. So please continue to adhere to the SOPs and double mask.” Dr Noor Hisham said.
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