Eligibility for Covid-19 booster shots now includes individuals aged 40 and above

Covid-19 (file photo).

KUCHING, Nov 16: The Covid-19 booster shot will be extended to individuals aged 40 and above, says the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in its daily update today.

It reiterated that the booster dose is given free and dispensed via private clinics and hospitals, health clinics, and public and mobile vaccination centres (PPVs).

Those who are eligible for the booster shot will receive an appointment date through MySejahtera. For those who are eligible but have yet to receive an appointment date, they may contact a PPV or any healthcare facility to set a date.

Meanwhile, as of November 14, a total of 391,491 people in the State have received their booster shots.

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

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine for their first two doses are eligible to receive the booster shot six months from the date the second dose was administered.

As for those who received the Sinovac vaccine for their first two doses, they may get the booster shot three months after the date of the second dose.

Priority for the booster shot or third dose is given to frontliners and those aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities, as well as those with compromised immune systems. — DayakDaily