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What you need to know if your walking in for the booster dose

Several vaccination centres have started offering walk-ins for eligible individuals who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccine booster. 

ProtectHealth, the entity under the Ministry of Health, has issued a statement on the steps to be taken for those who are due to get their booster but have not received their MySejahtera appointment.

It clarified that MySejahtera will issue appointments as per the latest eligibility and prioritisation by age and health. If you can’t wait for the automatic appointment, ProtectHealth urges you to register yourself on the waiting list at a vaccination centre of your choice.

As announced by the Ministry of Health, the booster dose interval has been shortened from 6 to 3 months for individuals fully vaccinated with Pfizer and AstraZeneca. Meanwhile, Sinovac recipients as well as senior citizens are also recommended to get their boosters 3 months after their second dose or risk losing their fully vaccinated status by February 2022.

How to apply for COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Here are the steps required to get your booster if you have not received an appointment.

  1. Find your nearest participating Vaccination Centre (PPV) on the ProtectHealth website.
  2. Call or visit them to register to be on the waiting list. You should only register at one PPV to avoid double booking.
  3. Once registered, just wait for your call as the PPV will contact you in the event of an appointment cancellation or no shows by others who have appointment via MySejahtera.
  4. Visit the PPV to get your booster dose based on the time given.

The ProtectHealth website lists private clinics and healthcare providers that are participating under the National Immunisation Programme. In addition, there are also off-site vaccination centres (PPV) that provide 500 to 3,000 boosters per day which include Paradigm Mall, KL Gateway Mall, Subang Parade, IOI City and the MINES 2.

If you prefer to get it at the off-site PPVs, you are also urged to follow the same steps of registering yourself on the waiting list. You can view the full list of off-site vaccination centres here.

With the announcement, ProtectHealth appears to be managing the crowd using a waiting list at each PPV. Most of these vaccination centres are currently prioritising vaccination appointments and those who walk-in would have to wait longer than usual. There’s also the possibility that the centres may have to turn down walk-ins if everyone turns up for their appointment and there are no extra doses available.

If you don’t want to risk getting turned down or having to wait for a long time, it is probably best to follow ProtectHealth’s advisory to contact the PPV and to put your name on the waiting list.

All vaccine boosters under the National Immunisation Programme are offered totally free of charge. Just make sure to bring your IC or passport along with your physical or digital vaccine certificate.

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