Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy Explained!

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose : Ramping Up!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

Here is our summary of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy!

Why Should We Get It?

It is recommended that you get the booster dose to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the Delta variant.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta variant is partially-resistant to the vaccines, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, protection from COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so a booster dose is necessary to restore protection.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!
Read more : Why The Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Pfizer booster dose on 8 October 2021.

Only on 17 November 2021 did they also approve the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster doses.

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • The Pfizer booster dose can also be used.

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • Those who are not able to take the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster shot, can be given the Sinovac booster dose.
  • Those who refuse the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster dose can receive the Sinovac booster dose.
    However, CITF-B reiterates that they still recommend that you either take the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after vaccination.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Who Can Receive It?

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 booster doses will be available to all individuals 18 years and above.

However, the appointments will be prioritised using the age step down approach, with priority for frontliners, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant mothers, and those who have to travel overseas.

Is It A Good Idea To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines?

Yes, studies have shown that it is not only safe to mix COVID-19 vaccines, such heterologous vaccinations will greatly increase your protection against the coronavirus.

Many countries are now giving heterologous booster shots, and the JKJAV expert committee has also recommended to proceed with heterologous vaccinations.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, also received a Pfizer heterologous booster shot :

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is NOT mandatory.

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

For now, the booster shot is NOT necessary to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

You are considered fully-vaccinated if you complete your primary series :

  • 2 doses of Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca / Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccine
  • 1 dose of CanSino / Janssen vaccine

That will likely change, when the government deems it necessary for everyone to receive a booster shot to be considered fully-vaccinated.

Do We Need To Pay?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

You do NOT need to apply for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Once you are eligible, you will be given an appointment notification in MySejahtera to go to a GP / government clinic or hospital for your booster dose.

If you do not have MySejahtera, you will be informed by SMS. So please keep an eye out for your appointment!

 

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