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Khairy: Take Your Booster Shots, Especially Sinovac Recipients!

Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin has called on those who are entitled to get a booster dose to get themselves registered when they can, especially so for Sinovac vaccine recipients.

In a tweet, Khairy explains that the effectiveness of vaccines will start to wane after a few months, with Sinovac vaccine being the quickest to lose its effectiveness over time.

“While Sinovac is effective, there is evidence its effectiveness wanes sooner.”

“That’s why we want you to take whatever booster is on offer,” Khairy said.

Khairy also explained that the faster waning period is the reason why the interval for Sinovac booster shots is 3 months, while it is 6 months for Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

In his tweet, he also shared an infographic showing the weekly Categories 4 and 5 admissions to Hospital Sungai Buloh between the epidemiological weeks (ME) 35 and 45.

It is clear that the higher admissions of patients are the Sinovac recipients.

On the 45th ME alone, the hospital recorded 165 admissions of Sinovac recipients, compared to 24 patients who received the Pfizer shot, and 7 administered with AstraZeneca.

“That’s why we want you to take whatever booster is on offer,” Khairy said.

The country has started administering the booster shots since October, with the elderly, the immunocompromised as well as health and security frontliners given priority.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 Promoter Immunization Task Force-Booster (CITF-B) has announced that the registration for the booster shots will be opened for the eligible individuals starting 22 November.

Do not wait and get yourself vaccinated! Protect yourself and your loved ones.

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