55,017 people in Sarawak have received Covid-19 booster shots

File photo depicting a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine being prepared. Photo source: Flickr, Creative Commons License

KUCHING, Oct 29: A total of 55,017 people in Sarawak have already received their booster shots for Covid-19 as of Oct 28.

Deputy health director Dr Rosemawati Ariffin said that the rollout of Covid-19 booster shots are currently ongoing at private clinics and hospitals, government health clinics, vaccination centres (PPVs) as well as via mobile throughout the State.

“The jabs are given out for free. As such, the Sarawak State Health Department urge those who are eligible and have received appointments through MySejahtera to visit any designated healthcare facilities to get their booster shots.

“Those who have yet to be informed can contact the healthcare facilities involved to make an appointment,” she advised in a statement today.

Sarawak began giving Covid-19 vaccine booster shots this month (October) to seniors aged 60 and above, those whose immune systems are compromised and those in vulnerable and high-risk groups with morbidities such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has granted conditional approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be used as a booster shot.

Recipients who have completed the two-dose Pfizer vaccine are allowed to get their booster shot six months after they have received their second dose, while for Sinovac vaccine recipients, they are allowed to get a booster shot after three months of their second dose.— DayakDaily