Malaysia will offer the COVID-19 booster dose to high-risk adolescents!
Here is what you need to know…
COVID-19 Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Adolescents!
On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that high-risk adolescents will be offered the COVID-19 booster dose.
The COVID-19 booster dose will be made available to individuals 12 to 17 years old, who are moderately or severely immunocompromised :
- Cancer patients
- Organ transplant patients who undergo immunosuppressive therapy
- Long-term haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis patients
- Other conditions or illnesses that are categorised as moderate or severe immunocompromised
The COVID-19 booster dose that will be used is the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given at least 28 days after the second dose of the primary series vaccine.
This booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your children’s vaccination status will not change, whether they take the booster dose or not.
Why COVID-19 Booster Dose For High-Risk Adolescents?
While this booster dose is completely optional, I would highly recommend that those who qualify should take it.
Vaccines have reduced efficacy in immunocompromised individuals, because their immune system is less able to react to the antigens presented by the vaccine.
Therefore, immunocompromised individuals generally require an additional dose, just to obtain the same protection as people with normal immunity.
Immunocompromised adolescents would definitely have lower protection from the primary series COVID-19 vaccination, and should take this booster dose.
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