Malaysia will not adopt heterologous vaccination – the mixing of vaccines – for now.
Here is what you need to know about heterologous vaccination…
Heterologous Vaccination : What Is It?
Heterologous vaccination simply refers to the idea of using two different vaccines to deliver better protection against a disease.
The first vaccine primes the immune system, and the second, different vaccine gives it a potent boost. Hence, it is also known as heterologous prime-boost vaccination.
In the fight against COVID-19, researchers are looking at combining a vector vaccine with an mRNA vaccine. Of great interest is the AstraZeneca-Pfizer combination.
Malaysia : No AZ-Pfizer Heterologous Vaccination For Now
With the surge of cases involving the Delta variant, many Malaysians are justly worried about receiving only one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
After all, the Delta variant has been shown to infect people within mere seconds of a close contact!
However, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said that heterologous vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine is not on the table for now…
On 30 June 2021, he said that the second dose will remain the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Instead of trying out heterologous vaccinations, the Malaysia government has decided to bring forward the AstraZeneca vaccine dose interval.
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