Sinovac and Sinopharm recipients will be allowed to get a second booster dose!
Here is what you need to know…
Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients To Get Second Booster Dose!
On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that they will offer a second booster dose to high-risk individuals, to improve their protection against COVID-19!
In addition, they will also offer recipients of the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines the opportunity to get a second booster dose.
The second booster dose will be the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given at least 1 month after the first booster dose for Sinovac / SInopharm recipients.
This second booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your vaccination status will not change, whether you take the second booster dose or not.
However, it will facilitate overseas travel for Sinovac and Sinopharm recipients because many countries do not recognise either vaccines.
Should Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients Get Second Booster Dose?
If you are a Sinovac or Sinopharm recipient and need to travel overseas, you should definitely get the second booster dose.
Both vaccines have been EUA-qualified by the WHO. However, quite a number of countries do not recognise the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, due to their lower efficacy.
The massive RECoVaM study, for example, showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s limited efficacy quickly waned after just 2 months. And that wasn’t even against the highly-contagious Omicron variant.
Even Sinovac recipients who receive a Pfizer booster dose may not obtain sufficient protection against the Omicron variant. A recent Yale University study showed that Sinovac vaccine recipients will require TWO Pfizer booster doses, to adequately protect against the Omicron variant.
So if you have the opportunity to get the second booster dose, take it. Even if the country you intend to visit recognises the Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccine, you will better protect yourself against COVID-19 by getting the second booster dose.
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