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KUCHING, Oct 21: Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine recipients aged 60 and above who are interested to get booster shots can also make an appointment to do so three months after their second dose of the vaccines.
State Health Department (JKNS) in an announcement yesterday said senior citizens who had received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines previously can also get their booster shots six months after their second dose of the vaccines.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) had previously only approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for booster shots.
In the meantime, JKNS encourages senior citizens who are interested to receive the booster shots to make an appointment with the nearest private clinic.
Meanwhile, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has proposed that JKNS collaborate with the Sarawak government to continue with the administration of booster shots through the vaccination centres (PPV) with appointments to be done through the MySejahtera app.
“I suggest that JKNS partners with the Sarawak government to continue the PPV Awam with appointments through MySejahtera for us to vaccinate as many of our vulnerable Sarawakians as fast as possible, as long as they fulfil the eligible criteria as unlike March-April, we now already have vaccines in Sarawak.
“Let’s just do it again,” he said in a social media post yesterday.
Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing said it is timely for the medical experts at MoH and the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (NPRA) to decide on the booster shots in Sarawak as the State is the first in Malaysia to have completed its vaccination exercise.
Dr Sim added he was looking forward to more decisions on booster shots for others and not just for senior citizens above 60 and those who have received Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines. — DayakDaily