Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia will use both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines!
Here is what you need to know, before you get vaccinated against COVID-19!
Both Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines In Phase 2 Vaccinations!
The Malaysian media just posted articles claiming that senior citizens aged 60 years and above will be given the Sinovac vaccine. That’s not accurate.
The Coordinating Minister for COVID-19 Immunisation, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced on 12 April 2021, that both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines will be used during Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
He also mentioned that the Sinovac vaccine – CoronaVac – would also be given to senior citizens aged 60 years and above, because it was not done so earlier.
The JKJAV (Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply) just decided that the Sinovac vaccine is safe to administer to senior citizens as well.
Hence, senior citizens aged 60 years and older will receive either the Pfizer or the Sinovac vaccine.
Many of the media appeared to misinterpret that as senior citizens will receive the Sinovac vaccine, instead of the Pfizer vaccine.
Pfizer + Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccines : A Quick Primer
The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine (BNT162b2) is an mRNA-based vaccine designed by BioNTech.
Unlike more traditional methods of using dead particles, or attenuated viruses, the mRNA vaccine teaches your cells to create proteins that mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, thereby triggering an immune response.
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The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, branded CoronaVac, is an inactivated virus vaccine.
It uses actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and then killed using β-propiolactone.
Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system.
Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, CoronaVac only needs to be refrigerated at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.
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