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Health Ministry recommends second Covid-19 booster for priority group

NewsHealth Ministry recommends second Covid-19 booster for priority group

The Health Ministry (KKM) has recommended a second booster shot for individuals aged 60 and above with severe comorbidities, as well as for children aged 12 and above who are immunocompromised.

However, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this will not be compulsory but voluntary instead, and further details on getting the shot will be announced soon.

“There won’t be a programme like the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for this but I want to add that those aged 60 and above with these issues can be given a second booster shot 6 to 8 months after their booster shot.”

“Severe immunocompromised kids aged 12 and above can take their second shot 28 days after the first vaccine shot. We will leave it to the individual and their parents to consult their physician or doctors and make a decision thereafter.”

“Again we are not forcing anyone to take this. Speak to your medical professional first,” Khairy said.

In the meantime, Khairy also said those who are healthy and above 60 can similarly take the second booster shot, but only after consulting their physician and if this is more beneficial than risky.

As for now, the only vaccine for this second booster shot will be the Comirnaty vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech.

According to the data from CovidNow, Malaysia has used 4 vaccines which are Pfizer (60.5%), Sinovac (30.9%), AstraZeneca (8.2%) and CanSino (0.3%).

Khairy said the decision to have these vulnerable groups take their second booster or fourth Covid-19 vaccine shot was done after careful study.

He added that those with comorbidities such as heart, lung, kidney and liver disease and diabetes are at higher risk of death if they are infected.

However, Khairy said those who decide not to take the fourth vaccine will not lose their fully-vaccinated status.

“Whether you take it or not, your vaccination status remains as it is,” he said.

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