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Malaysia To Get 415K AstraZeneca Doses From The UK!

Malaysia To Get 415K AstraZeneca Doses From The UK!

More great news on the vaccine front – Malaysia will get 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the UK!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Malaysia To Get 415K AstraZeneca Doses From The UK!

On 28 July 2021, Dominic Raab – the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Secretary of State –  announced that the United Kingdom will be donating 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Malaysia.

Malaysia Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein expressed Malaysia’s appreciation of “the support extended by the UK and believe both countries could work together on many productive endeavours to weather the pandemic and towards meaningful recovery.

The Foreign Minister also alluded to discussions on reciprocal vaccination recognition and a reciprocal travel bubble.

This also includes collaboration on reciprocal vaccination arrangements and reciprocal travel bubble.

This vaccine contribution by the UK to Malaysia followed :

  • 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan, which arrived on Thursday, 1 July 2021.
  • 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine donated by the United States, which arrived on Friday, 2 July 2021.
  • 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine donated by China, which arrived on Saturday, 17 July 2021.

 

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You Can Now Record Video Of Your COVID-19 Vaccination!

Let there be no more doubt – you now have the right to record a video of your own COVID-19 vaccination!

Here is the latest update on vaccine underdose / empty vaccination, and your right to record a video!

 

Why Record Video Of Your COVID-19 Vaccination?

Recently, there has been a spate of complaints about vaccine underdose or even empty vaccinations!

Some may be misunderstandings (reading LDV syringes wrongly, for example) or even fake news, several have been confirmed to be true.

Recommended : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

You Can Now Record Video Of Your COVID-19 Vaccination!

On 23 July 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that you are ALLOWED to record a video of your own COVID-19 vaccination.

This is on top of the existing SOP to show you that the syringe contains the correct volume of vaccine, before it is injected.

You have my permission, and also permission from the Health Minister himself, in case there was orders not to allow (you to record a video). Now, vaccine recipients can record a video of their vaccine injections.

Go and film yourselves, and take a video of your vaccination, so you have hard proof, and we also have hard proof, that you received the proper dosage for your vaccination.

 

Don’t Just Record A Video During Your COVID-19 Vaccination

To avoid accidentally getting a partial dose of the vaccine or none at all, please make sure you follow these steps at the vaccination centre :

  1. Check the label of the vial or prepared syringe, to confirm the vaccine you are receiving. Here in Malaysia, that’s Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
  2. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume.
Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

Please note that if a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Recommended : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Film a video of the vaccination process, taking care to record the injection itself.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.

If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

If you have evidence that you received an empty injection, or a partial vaccine dose, but only noticed that after leaving the vaccination centre, do not worry.

Here in Malaysia, you can reach out to the ProtectHealth Corporation – a private entity created by Malaysia Health Ministry to manage the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • Telephone : 03-8687-2525 / 2588
  • Email : vaksincovid@protecthealth.com.my

They will promptly address the issue – either giving you a top-up dose, or a new vaccine dose.

 

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How Chinese Vaccine Propaganda Hobbles Vaccination Efforts

Chinese vaccine propaganda is hobbling the vaccination efforts in many countries around the world.

We must ALL do our part to change that, if we want the COVID-19 pandemic to end!

 

How Chinese Vaccine Propaganda Hobbles Vaccination Efforts

Every day, I see posts on social media on the dangers of Western vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Every day, I see posts on social media touting the safety and efficacy of Chinese vaccines from Sinovac and Sinopharm.

These posts are either false or misleading, creating the false narrative that Chinese vaccines are safer and superior to Western vaccines.

Unfortunately, such Chinese vaccine propaganda are highly effective, as people are sharing them widely on social media, on a daily basis!

This has REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES, as many people are rejecting Western vaccines out of fear created by these malicious posts.

  • There are several cases of people rejecting their vaccinations because the vaccination centre used Western vaccines.
  • People even shared fake news about how to request for their preferred vaccines on social media!
  • One lady refused vaccination TWICE, because the vaccination centre did not have a Chinese vaccine, possibly wasting the two vaccine doses prepared for her. Her reason – her friends advised her that only Chinese vaccines are safe and effective.
  • When offered the Pfizer vaccine recently, at least SEVEN people told me personally that they prefer the Sinovac vaccine because of “personal preference”.
  • At least SIX people I know are asking how to buy ivermectin because they are worried about the efficacy of the Western vaccines they received.

Even worse, Chinese vaccine propaganda is being used by anti-vaxxers as evidence that all vaccines are dangerous.

This is crippling efforts to quickly vaccinate people to end the pandemic.

 

Please Help To Stop Chinese Vaccine Propaganda!

I spend hours every day fact checking these claims, to try and get the truth out – that ALL approved vaccines are both safe and efficacious.

Yes, it is true that studies do show that Western vaccines are generally more efficacious than Chinese vaccines.

However, efficacy against infection does NOT actually matter!

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

What really matters is the protection vaccines offer against HOSPITALISATION and DEATH from COVID-19.

In both aspects, ALL approved vaccines do a darn good job!

Read more : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should You Choose?

COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85% 100% 100%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89% 100% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

If we want this pandemic to end, we have to STOP sharing Chinese vaccine propaganda, and encourage EVERYONE to get vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine is just like your computer or smartphone – it really does not matter whether it was made in China or a Western country.

All that matters is that IT WORKS to protect us against COVID-19!

So please stop sharing Chinese vaccine propaganda, and FOCUS on getting your family and friends vaccinated!

 

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What To Do Before, During + After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccination?

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

 

What Should You Do Before COVID-19 Vaccination?

Just received your COVID-19 vaccination appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking their medications before getting their vaccination. That is false and dangerous!

You should CONTINUE to take your medication, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your vaccination.

However, you should limit or avoid alcohol the day before your vaccination. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

Painkillers?

You should NOT take painkillers before going for your vaccination.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your immune response, and reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

On Vaccination Day

On the day of your vaccination, please make sure to :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal, and drink some water. Don’t drink too much, or you will need to go to the toilet!
  3. Make sure you do NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If you are sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    You will be given a new appointment.
  4. Bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (Malaysia only, not compulsory).
  5. You must bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. If you are pregnant, please bring your health record book.
  8. You must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  9. Bring a bottle of water, in case you get thirsty.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

What Should You Do During COVID-19 Vaccination?

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Check the label of the vial or prepared syringe, to confirm the vaccine you are receiving. Here in Malaysia, that’s Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
  2. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume.
Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What Should You Do After COVID-19 Vaccination?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting yourself and your family. Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Dietary Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet or daily life after vaccination. Please remember – you were vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

However, it is best if you limit or avoid alcohol intake for a few days. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce vaccine efficacy.

Exercise Or Not?

You may see health authorities advising against strenuous exercise after your vaccination. There are a few reasons :

  • A precautionary measure for adolescents and young adults (below 30 years of age) who received the Pfizer vaccine, as there is a very small risk that they may get myocarditis.
  • To avoid accidents if people start feeling side effects like headache or fever while exercising.
  • To avoid people conflating post-exercise pain and reporting it as post-vaccination side effect.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

You must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintaining physical distance in public, because :

  • you will not receive maximum protection until 2-3 weeks after your second dose.
  • vaccines cannot protect you 100% against COVID-19, so there is a small risk of breakthrough infections.
  • new variants like the Delta variant are partially resistant to vaccines.

Report Side Effects

You can expect some mild side effects over the next day or two, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not worry about them – they are evidence of your immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can take painkillers if you need to, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!
Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

 

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Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Officers : What Are The Facts?

Are the claims on ivermectin made by a TUDM Brigadier-General and TUDM Major accurate?

Let’s take a look at the viral ivermectin claims by these TUDM officers, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Brigadier-General + Major

A message on ivermectin purportedly to be by a retired TUDM Brigadier-General and a retired TUDM major has gone viral on WhatsApp.

The message is long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS.

(07/07, 02:12) BG Dato Goh Seng Toh TUDM: Am very happy today cos my friend’s wife who was tested Covid 19 positive was declared cleared of the Covid19 virus by the doctor at the Government Quarantined Centre this morning. She was on Ivermectin, vitamin C, fresh fruits and simple foods for 5 days. She was so happy. Please consider taking Ivermectin with vitamin C and zinc if any of your family members is infected with Covid19 virus. Early treatment with Ivermectin is even better. Don’t wait until stage 3 or 4

(07/07, 02:12) BG Dato Goh Seng Toh TUDM: Happy too as MoH allow prescription of ivermectin fir treatment upon request though off label … saving life and easing the full icu capacity is utmost important

*******

(07/07, 05:38) Mej Mior Rosli TUDM(B): I have been promoting ivermactin but many laughed at me..

We do like to read but listen to so called experts.. but most of the experts are half past six and bogus..

We have to change our paradigm if we want to be a developed country..

– Maj Mior Rosli.
7Jul 21.

 

Ivermectin Claims by TUDM Officers : What Are The Facts?

TUDM Brigadier-General Dato Goh Seng Toh and Major Mior Rosli from TUDM (Royal Malaysia Air Force) made a number of amazing claims about ivermectin.

So let’s go through their ivermectin claims, and see what the FACTS really are…

Claim #1 : Ivermectin + Vitamin C + Zinc Works Against COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

TUDM Brigadier-General Dato Goh Seng Toh is advising all of us to “consider taking ivermectin with vitamin C and zinc“, but provides no evidence for their efficacy against COVID-19.

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Claim #2 : MoH Allows Prescription Of Ivermectin For COVID-19 Treatment
Verdict : Misleading

The Malaysia Ministry of Health does NOT allow the prescription of ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment.

However, they allow hospitals to apply to the Drug Control Agency (DCA) for the “off-label” use of ivermectin, which “must be done in a monitored environment“.

So you cannot simply get a prescription for ivermectin. Neither can you buy it online or over-the-counter.

Be warned – the illegal sale of ivermectin is punishable by fines of up to RM50K and/or 5 years jail!

Read more : Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?
Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Claim #3 : 32 Countries Used Ivermectin To Combat COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

There is no evidence that 32 countries have officially used ivermectin to combat COVID-19, much less reported any success with it.

Countries that ivermectin proponents have been promoting – India, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, South Africa – have all failed to control COVID-19.

Just look at their COVID-19 case numbers below. Does it look like ivermectin helped them at all? Is it therefore surprising to learn that on 27 May 2021, India dropped ivermectin?

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Claim #4 : It Is Safe To Take 10 Ivermectin Tablets At One Go
Verdict : Misleading

TUDM Major Mior Rosli claimed that it is safe to take 10 ivermectin tablets at one go. That’s potentially dangerous advice, because ivermectin tablets come in different doses, and the proper dosage is tied to body weight.

A 2002 study on ivermectin safety showed that it was safe at up to 120 mg in a single dose. This is 10X the FDA-approved dose of 200 micrograms per kg for a 60 kg healthy adult.

However, the study did not look at taking such a large dose of ivermectin on a continuous basis, only a single dose.

In addition, self-medicating with ivermectin can lead to overdosing because the tablets available in most countries, including Malaysia, are formulated for animal use.

In February 2021, Julie Weber, President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the director of the Missouri Poison Center warned that people are getting poisoned by fake COVID-19 cures like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

The Missouri Poison Center also issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

Claim #5 : Ivermectin Kills Any COVID-19 Variant
Verdict : FALSE

TUDM Major Rosli claimed that ivermectin kills any COVID-19 variant. That’s FALSE, because ivermectin does not actually “kill” the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but that’s not the same thing as killing it.

Just because I blocked you from entering my home, does that mean I killed you? Of course not!

Several mechanisms of action has been proposed for ivermectin, none of which actually involves killing the virus :

  • inhibiting the host cell’s importin alpha/beta-1 nuclear transport proteins
  • interfering with the attachment of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
  • exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties

Claim #6 : Current Vaccines Do Not Protect Against Delta Variant
Verdict : FALSE

Major Rosli’s claim that current vaccines do not protect against the more dangerous Delta variant is FALSE.

Public Health England’s data have shown that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer robust protection against the Delta variant, after two doses.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

Claim #7 : India Used Ivermectin To Control Delta Variant
Verdict : FALSE

That’s not true. India had earlier adopted ivermectin for use in mild or asymptomatic COVID-19, but that is no longer the case.

On 27 May 2021, India dropped ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and even plasma therapy after they proved to be INEFFECTIVE against COVID-19.

Claim #8 : Philippines Allowed Ivermectin To Be Used
Verdict : Misleading

As it so happened, I watched the Philippines Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability bully the Filipino Secretary of Health, Francisco Tiongson Duque III in the HR 1711 public hearing.

Just like in Malaysia, the Philippines already allows hospitals to apply for off-label use of medicine.

So what Secretary Duque did was agree to clarify that there is an existing CSP (Compassionate Special Permit) that doctors can apply for.

Read more : Philippine Secretary of Health Duque Allows Use Of Ivermectin By Doctors?

Claim #9 : Australia Is Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

Australia does NOT use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Here is the 1 June 2021 conclusion on ivermectin by the Australian Department of Health :

There is currently insufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc (either separately, or in combination) for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

More robust, well-designed clinical trials are needed before they could be considered an appropriate treatment option.

Claim #10 : Singapore Is Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19
Verdict : FALSE

Singapore does NOT use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Here is the 18 June 2020 conclusion from the Singapore Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Rapid Review :

There is insufficient high-quality evidence to show chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are effective for post-exposure prophylaxis or treatment of COVID-19.

Instead, evidence to date suggests the use of these agents is associated with more harms than standard of care.

 

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EU Digital COVID Certificate : A Comedy Of Errors!

Will travellers be BARRED from entering Europe unless they get the right vaccines approved by the EU Digital COVID Certificate???

Find out why this is just a comedy of errors, and what the FACTS really are!

 

EU Digital COVID Certificate : A Comedy Of Errors!

The EU Digital COVID Certificate went live on 1 July 2021, connecting 21 EU nations into a unified system that manages COVID-19 certificates.

Unfortunately, the healthcare portal – CodeBlue – triggered panic when they made this shocking claim (our emphasis) :

“Malaysians vaccinated with AstraZeneca-Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine may be barred from entering Europe, as the European Union’s (EU) Digital Covid Certificate — which came into force yesterday — only recognises EU-approved shots for free travel within the bloc.

They then went on to explain how the EMA has only approved AstraZeneca vaccine factories in the EU, US, the UK and China.

The implication is that since people who received AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in South Korea and Thailand “may be barred from entering Europe“.

In truth – there is NOTHING to suggest that anyone will be barred from entering the EU because their vaccines were not manufactured in an approved facility.

 

EU Digital COVID Certificate : Just A Certificate For EU Residents

The CodeBlue article makes it sound like the EU Digital COVID Certificate is a prerequisite for travel into Europe. That’s really not the case.

The CodeBlue article also wrongly suggested that people could be barred from entering Europe merely because they were vaccinated with AstraZeneca vaccine that were manufactured in factories not recognised by the EMA.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : EUDCC Is An Immunity Passport

Countries around the world are coming up with immunity passports to authenticate people who have been vaccinated or have immunity against COVID-19.

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital verification system that certifies that the person has

  • been vaccinated against COVID-19, or
  • received a negative test result *, or
  • recovered from COVID-19

The EUDCC basically confirms that the person does not have COVID-19, or has immunity against COVID-19.

* Validity : 72 hours (PCR tests), 48 hours (rapid antigen tests)

Fact #2 : EUDCC Is For Schengen Area Residents

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is meant to be used by residents in the 27 EU countries, and a few non-EU countries that are in the Schengen Area, or have an open border with the EU :

  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

Fact #3 : EUDCC Not Applicable To Non-EU Residents

Everyone else not residing in the list of countries above generally do not qualify for the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

After all, they will have their own vaccination or test certificate from their own countries!

However, travellers from other countries who have been fully vaccinated with an EU-authorised vaccine may be issued an EU Digital Covid Certificate “on a case by case basis“.

Fact #4 : EUDCC Not Required For Free Movement Within EU

The EU Digital COVID Certificate is “not a pre-condition” to travel freely within the European Union.

However, it will exempt the traveller from free movement restrictions in EU member states that are designed to curb COVID-19.

Those without the EUDCC will simply have to comply with COVID-19 free movement restrictions in a particular EU member state, which can include testing and/or quarantine.

Fact #5 : EMA Approval For Vaccine Use In EU, Not Travel

The EMA (European Medicines Agency) evaluates and approves COVID-19 vaccines for use within the EU. This approval process does not include just the clinical data but also the manufacturing sites.

Only EMA-approved vaccines produced at EMA-approved manufacturing sites can be administered within the European Union, as EMA told Health Policy Watch :

It is important to note that in the context of a vaccine authorisation the company has to submit a list of manufacturing sites to EMA and it is EMA’s role to evaluate and potentially approve it. The benefits and risks of Covid-19 vaccines need to be properly assessed based on detailed information on manufacturing as well as on nonclinical data and well-designed clinical trials.

However, EMA vaccine approval has NO DIRECT BEARING on travel restrictions by EU member states!

In fact, European Commission spokesperson, Stefan De Keersmaecke, said :

“As set out in the Council Recommendation on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU, adopted by Member States on 20 May,  entry into the EU should be allowed to people fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines authorised in the EU.”

“This does not mean that the vaccines has to be produced in facilities covered by the marketing authorisation in the EU.”

“Member States could also allow entry for people vaccinated with vaccines having completed the WHO Emergency Use Listing process.”

Fact #6 : EU Member States Decide On Entry Requirements

The EU Digital Covid Certificate is only meant to provide a standardised system to certify an EU resident is “COVID-19-free”.

It is ultimately up to each EU member state to decide on recognising certificates from other countries, vaccines manufactured in other countries, and even vaccines that are not approved in the EU.

On this matter, European Commission spokesperson, Stefan De Keersmaecke, said :

Member states are free to accept the documentation issued in third countries for vaccination. These should contain information that at least allows [the country] to identify the person, the type of vaccine and the date of the administration of the vaccine.”

Member states could also allow entry for people vaccinated with vaccines having completed the WHO Emergency Use Listing process.

Fact #7 : Vaccine Factory Approval Not Necessary For Entry Into EU

This must be emphasised again – the approval of any vaccine factory is NOT necessary for entry into the EU.

This was already clarified by European Commission spokesperson, Stefan De Keersmaecke, on 30 June 2021.

But because of erroneous reporting by various media organisations including CodeBlue, the European Union clarified again on 7 July 2021 :

“Entry into the EU is in principle allowed to fully vaccinated persons with one of the vaccines authorised in the EU, including those produced in facilities not covered by marketing authorisation in the EU.

“Member States could also allow entry for people vaccinated with vaccines that have not been yet authorised in the EU but have completed the WHO Emergency Use Listing process.”

As you can see – their 7 July 2021 statement is the same as it was on 30 June 2021. Nothing has actually changed.

We should note that the EU also said, “There is no obstacle or hurdle. Therefore, some recent reporting concerning the AstraZeneca vaccines’ origin is inaccurate.

Fact #8 : Vaccine Passports Are Political Decisions

I would like to end by pointing out that vaccine passports are ultimately, political decisions.

It is up to the European Commission and individual EU member states, and of course, all other countries around the world to decide WHICH vaccine / immunity passports they will accept.

In the end, EVERY COUNTRY wants to open its borders to tourism and business. It is in their interest to accept ANY genuine proof of vaccination for entry into their country.

Right now, it’s a matter of negotiating reciprocal recognition, and how to authenticate the different digital certificates.

So stop panicking over vaccine or immunity passports. Get yourself vaccinated first!

 

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Man Receives Empty Vaccine Injection : How To Avoid This?

A man claimed that he received an EMPTY INJECTION of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what happened, and what you can do to AVOID a vaccine underdose!

 

Man Receives Empty Vaccine Injection!

On 6 July 2021, Simon Ng posted a video on the Klang Resident’s Facebook group, and detailed how he was injected with an empty syringe!

Here is our English translation, followed by the original text in Chinese :

#For those going for vaccination, please take note: I have just vaccinated at XXX gov hospital, because I brought my family members for vaccination, I am very familiar with the SOP before vaccination, let patients know that how many ML and the brand of the vaccine, and before vaccination, they will show that the needle is not empty, and empty after vaccination, nothing left. I know some locations may or may not allow video taking, so I asked before shooting, they may possible not hear me, so I continued shooting. During the process, they did not show me anything, only asked me to turn my head, and without realising, the process is completed. And I walked out of the room, and review back the video footage, which is the one footage that I attached.

Remarks: even if I get whacked, they will refuse to let me watch them vaccinate, kept asking me to turn my head away, all those unused needles (they have prepared those needles, but contents are unknown), very obvious that the end of the needle is long (they don’t allow me to take any photos), mine was obviously was already used, they are just acting only. or was that a mistake? are your experience the same? Is the syringe empty? You tell me.

#要打疫苗的请注意 本人刚刚在XXX政府医院打疫苗,由于之前有带过家人打疫苗,所以知道根据SOP是必须在打疫苗前,让对方看抽了多少ML什么品牌的疫苗,还没注射前也会给你看那支针不是空针,然后才给你注射,也会给你看注射完了,没有剩。我知道有些地方是允许拍摄有些不允许,我打之前有问了,可能他们没有听到,我就继续录影。过程中,完全没有给我看任何东西,只叫我转头,然后在毫无感觉情况下说,打好了。我就不解的走到房外,然后看我刚刚拍摄的视频,就是你们现在看到的片段,根本就是打空针!(这个视频我已经crop掉我的脸)我是4个孩子的爸爸,孩子不能打疫苗,父母的责任就是要保护好他们,打了等于没打,根本就是浪费时间,这样下去疫情什么时候才能控制下来?我回头找他们理论,最后问我想怎样?我说要求重打,他们要我删掉视频,包括recycle bin以及发给家人whatsapp里的视频,才愿意给我重打(视频我另有存档)。PO这个文,我没有别的意图,是希望大家谨慎,以及记得你的权益,我们是纳税人,我们有基本权益,疫情越来越严重,很多人等了很久也等不到疫苗,如果有打疫苗的却遇到这样的问题,最后死的还是我们百姓!现在大家已经不容易了,不要让公务人员继续欺压百姓!
备注:即使重打,他们也不允许我看,叫我转头看另一边,桌上那些还没使用的针(他们事先抽好,我们也不懂里面是什么来的),很明显针管的尾端是长的(他们不允许我拍照),我的就很明显是已经按完了的,做个样子给我打针而已。或许是误会?你们打的针也是这样?这样算不算打空针?You Tell Me.

 

Empty Vaccine Injection / Underdose : What Is It?

A vaccine underdose – which can include a completely empty syringe – is what happens when you receive less than the recommended dose of a vaccine, or none at all.

There is always the possibility of intentional underdose by someone who is secretly anti-vaccination.

But it usually happens by accident, especially in high-volume vaccination centres where doctors and nurses administer hundreds of doses a day :

  • Injection volume mix-up
  • Preparation error
  • Accidental wastage
  • Misreading of LDV syringes

Recommended : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

Empty Vaccine Injection / Underdose : How To Avoid?

To avoid accidentally getting a partial dose of the vaccine or none at all, please make sure you follow these steps at the vaccination centre :

  1. Check the label of the vial or prepared syringe, to confirm the vaccine you are receiving. Here in Malaysia, that’s Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
  2. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume.
Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

Please note that if a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Recommended : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

 

Empty Vaccine Injection / Underdose : What If You Received One?

If you have evidence that you received an empty injection, or a partial vaccine dose, but only noticed that after leaving the vaccination centre, do not worry.

You should reach out to the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine, as soon as you can. There is NO NEED to lodge a police report – this is not a criminal matter.

Ideally, you should be vaccinated again with the correct dose; or a “top-up dose”, if they are able to determine the shortfall.

Here in Malaysia, you can reach out to the ProtectHealth Corporation – a private entity created by Malaysia Health Ministry to manage the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • Telephone : 03-8687-2525 / 2588
  • Email : vaksincovid@protecthealth.com.my

They will promptly address the issue – either giving you a top-up dose, or a new vaccine dose.

 

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Can You Use MySejahtera To Choose COVID-19 Vaccine?

Can you use MySejahtera to choose the COVID-19 vaccine you prefer? Pfizer? Sinovac? AstraZeneca?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Can You Use MySejahtera To Choose COVID-19 Vaccine?

This viral message has been circulating on WhatsApp for several weeks now, advising people on how to get JKJAV to give them the COVID-19 vaccine they prefer.

Hi All, Greetings,
On Choosing your vaccine via Mysejahterah is possible

You can request for Sinovac or Astra Zeneca or Pfizer,

– just go to Helpdesk ,
– scroll down to L other queries
– then select E for other issues
– key in/ type – request for Sinovac or Pfizer,
– then press Next & submit.

They will reply u thru email on your request

Any preference jab u want can be requested

Share to those friends who haven’t got their appointments yet

This was How I chose & Waiting for their Appointment date

 

Truth : You CANNOT Use MySejahtera To Choose COVID-19 Vaccine!

JKJAV has always said that you cannot choose the COVID-19 vaccine you are given, unless you opted into the AstraZeneca programme.

So I knew that the viral message was FALSE, and I told many people that. However, how can we prove it?

Fact #1 : JKJAV Says It’s Not True!

On 5 July 2021, we finally confirmed with JKJAV that the viral message is FAKE.

The MySejahtera Helpdesk feature in the message does nothing more than let you email the JKJAV team.

However, they will not entertain any request for specific COVID-19 vaccines.

This is the same abuse of the Helpdesk that JKJAV warned against just a few days ago.

Recommended : Stop Using MySejahtera Helpdesk For Vaccine Appointment!

Fact #2 : Early Vaccination More Important Than Vaccine Efficacy

People who are trying to pick and choose their COVID-19 vaccine are not thinking straight.

With COVID-19 raging across Malaysia, it does not pay to wait until you get the vaccine you prefer.

The truth is vaccine efficacy does not really matter. All approved COVID-19 vaccines will protect you against severe disease and death!

COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85% 100% 100%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89% 100% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

Instead of worrying about which vaccine you are getting, you should be FOCUSED on getting vaccinated as soon as you can!

Vaccines cannot help you if you get infected BEFORE you can get vaccinated!

Even you get a “lousy” vaccine, it will protect you against hospitalisation and death, so you end up with only a mild case of COVID-19. Isn’t that good enough?

Recommended : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

 

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229 In Taiwan Died From Japan-Made AstraZeneca Vaccine?

Did 229 people in Taiwan die from unapproved AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by Japan???

Take a look at the shocking claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : 229 In Taiwan Died From Japan-Made AstraZeneca Vaccine!

An unknown website, called TellerReport, claimed that 229 people died from the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan, which has not been approved by the WHO.

It is a very long article, so SKIP to the next section for the facts.

Taiwan authorities admit that Japan’s donated AstraZeneca vaccine to Taiwan has not been certified for emergency use by the WHO, and netizens on the island are concerned

[Global Network Report] According to Taiwanese media reports such as the China Times News Network, Japan recently donated 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to Taiwan. Since the start, 229 people have died after vaccination. According to the official website of the World Health Organization (WHO) On the 16th of this month, the new crown vaccine emergency use list/updated information shows that this batch of AZ vaccines from the Japanese factory has not completed the relevant inspections and entered the emergency use list until the 16th. Zhuang Renxiang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Epidemic Prevention Command Center, confirmed on the 28th that these vaccines have indeed not been certified for emergency use by the WHO, but the use of vaccines is not a necessary condition. In this regard, some netizens questioned, “Our people have received vaccines that have not yet been approved by the World Health Organization. Our’Japan Aid Ambassador’ bowed 90 degrees to thank Japan for letting Taiwan be their human laboratory?”

 

No, 229 In Taiwan Did Not Die From Japan-Made AstraZeneca Vaccine

For those who want a short and sweet answer, this is just another example of Chinese propaganda.

The story was intentionally written to mislead people into thinking that both the Taiwanese and Japanese governments are putting people’s lives at risk.

And here are the FACTS and EVIDENCE that this is just fake news fabricated by China :

Fact #1 : Article Was Originally Posted By China News Service

TellerReport is nothing more than a copy + paste website, that just reposts content from other websites.

This article was originally posted by China News Service on 29 June 2021, and TellerReport posted the English version (using Google Translate) on 30 June 2021.

Fact #2 : China News Service Is Chinese State Media

China News Service (ECNS) is the second largest state-owned news agency in China, after Xinhua News Agency.

Formerly run by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, ECNS became part of the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2018.

That article was therefore written by the Chinese state media.

Fact #3 : WHO Approval Only Necessary For COVAX Facility

Zhuang Renxiang, the spokesperson for the Taiwan Epidemic Prevention Command Center, is correct – WHO approval is not necessary for the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Japan.

That is because WHO emergency use listing (EUL) is only a prerequisite for the vaccine to be included in the COVAX Facility vaccine supply.

All vaccines, whether they are in the WHO EUL or not, have to be approved SEPARATELY by the health authority of each country.

WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is a prerequisite for COVAX Facility vaccine supply. It also allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Japan Vaccine Doses Not About To Expire

China News Service ended their article with a claim by “some netizens” that the AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Japan were “about to expire“. That is FALSE.

Japanese pharmaceutical companies only started manufacturing their AstraZeneca vaccines in March 2021, and only received final approval from Japan’s Health Ministry on 21 May 2021.

The AstraZeneca vaccines have an official shelf life of 6 months, so even the first batch manufactured in Japan would not expire until September 2021.

Fact #5 : Japan Submitted AstraZeneca Documents To WHO

It is interesting to note that China News Service (ECNS) claimed that the Japanese AstraZeneca factories did not submit their documents as of 16 June 2021.

That is precisely the day that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) submitted their documents to the WHO, but before the WHO updated their database.

The Japanese Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) later submitted the documents to the WHO on 22 June 2021. You can check the status of their submission (PDF) here.

When ECNS posted the news on 29 June 2021, they would have already known that the Japanese had already submitted their documents.

It seems obvious that ECNS intended to mislead the public.

Fact #6 : WHO EUL For AZ Vaccine From Japan Expected Week Of 5 July 2021

China News Service also did not tell you that the WHO anticipates approving the Japanese-made AstraZeneca vaccine doses in the week of 5 July 2021.

That’s because the only thing they need to verify is that the Japanese factories comply with the necessary quality controls.

You can check the anticipated WHO decision date here.

Taiwanese citizens queuing up for AstraZeneca vaccination. Photo credit : Brookings Institute

Fact #7 : 229 People Did Not Die From AstraZeneca Vaccine

The China News Service claimed that “229 people have died after vaccination“, but that is categorically FALSE.

They based their reporting on the Taiwanese VAERS system, which they know are unverified reports, similar to the US VAERS and UK Yellow Card System.

Here are the facts that you need to know (accurate as of 26 June 2021) :

  • Taiwan has received and used both AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.
  • Taiwan vaccinated 1.926 million people (8.04 percent of the population) from 4 June to 26 June 2021.
  • The vast majority were senior citizens with chronic illnesses.
  • 223 deaths were reported in total
    – 108 women and 115 men between 41 and 101 years in age.
    – 176 were over the age of 75
  • Autopsies performed by the CECC confirmed that they were not linked to the vaccines
    – most deaths were related to chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, hypertension, cancer.
    – other deaths involved completely unrelated causes like gastric perforation, peritonitis, intestinal obstruction, septic shock, choking on food and cervical fractures

Recommended : VAERS : How Antivaxxers Use It To Support Their Fake News!

Fact #8 : 200 People Above 75 Die Every Day In Taiwan

Statistically, an average of 200 people over the age of 75 die every day in Taiwan. That works out to 4,600 deaths for the 23 days between 4 June and 26 June.

Therefore, it is very plausible that the deaths had nothing to do with the AstraZeneca vaccine they received.

Please remember that the AstraZeneca vaccine only provides protection against COVID-19. It does not make people immune against other causes of death.

With or without the AstraZeneca vaccine, people will continue to die of other causes.

 

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Booster Dose Strategy For Shorter AstraZeneca Dose Interval

If you are worried about the LOWER EFFICACY from the shorter AstraZeneca dose interval, consider this booster dose strategy!

 

Shorter AstraZeneca Dose Interval : Lower Efficacy Worries

With health authorities reducing the AstraZeneca dose interval, people are now worried that it will reduce the vaccine’s efficacy.

Now, it is true that reducing the dose interval reduces the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Second Dose
Interval
Efficacy Efficacy Efficacy Range
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3% Baseline 60.3% to 91.2%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7% -21.6% 28.0% to 81.7%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9% -26.9% 32.0% to 76.4%
< 6 Weeks 55.1% -32.2% 33.0% to 69.9%

So why are health authorities reducing the dose interval?

That’s because the Delta variant is raging across the world, and a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine offers poor protection against it.

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

Now, let me share with you the booster dose strategy that could allay your fears of lower efficacy from the shorter AstraZeneca vaccine dose interval.

 

Booster Dose Strategy For Shorter AstraZeneca Dose Interval

First of all, do not panic about the lower vaccine efficacy from a shorter dose interval.

There’s no point in delaying the dose interval for higher efficacy, if you get infected before you have the chance to get the second dose!

If you are a young healthy adult who can work from home for 12 whole weeks, you can try delaying your second dose for higher efficacy.

But most of us probably don’t have that luxury, so sacrificing a little efficacy for earlier protection against the Delta variant makes sense.

The good news is you can always improve your protection against COVID-19, by getting a third booster dose later.

Now, I do not know if the health authorities will approve a free third dose, but COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available for sale.

As long as you are prepared to pay for this third dose – preferably an mRNA vaccine – you will be able to greatly improve your protection against COVID-19.

This is one way you can get early protection against the Delta variant, without worrying too much about losing vaccine efficacy from the shorter dose interval.

Of course, we hope that health authorities will look at implementing heterologous vaccination – mixing AstraZeneca with Pfizer for example – for better protection through only two vaccine doses.

 

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Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Many people have asked me to explain WHY delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

It sure is a very odd phenomenon, when you think about it!

 

Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy

Let me start by confirming that yes, delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

The AstraZeneca vaccine was originally designed with a 21-day interval between Dose 1 and Dose 2.

However, this Lancet study showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy increased with longer delays between Dose 1 and Dose 2!

I summarised their findings into this table, to show you how the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy changes with the dose interval.

Dose 1 to Dose 2
Interval
Efficacy Difference Efficacy Range
< 6 Weeks 55.1% Baseline 33.0% to 69.9%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9% +8.7% 32.0% to 76.4%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7% +15.6% 28.0% to 81.7%
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3% +47.5% 60.3% to 91.2%

Doubling the dose interval from the standard 3-4 weeks increased its efficacy by 8.7% – a small but significant improvement.

The greatest benefits came from even longer dose intervals :

  • 9 to 11 week dose interval : + 15.6% increase in efficacy
  • 12 week dose interval or longer : +47.5% increase in efficacy!

That’s why health authorities changed their guidelines to give the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine 12 weeks later, instead of 3 weeks.

 

Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Many people have asked me to explain WHY delaying the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine INCREASES its efficacy.

When you think about it – it sure is a peculiar, and rather illogical, phenomenon, isn’t it?

Frankly speaking, no one knows WHY this is the case, and it will be some time before anyone can prove the mechanism of action behind this phenomenon.

Therefore, I can only offer my hypothesis based on what I read in the many AstraZeneca studies.

Vaccines Are Training Camps

First, we must understand that COVID-19 vaccines are just training camps that teach our own immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

COVID-19 vaccines basically show our immune system what the SARS-CoV-2 virus (or a key part of it, like the famous spike protein) looks like.

Our immune system identifies it as a “foreign enemy” and learns how to make antibodies against it. These antibodies provide some protection against a real SARS-CoV-2 virus attack.

And when a real attack does come, our immune system, which now recognises SARS-CoV-2, can quickly produce even more antibodies to defeat the coronavirus.

First Dose Offers 3 Months Protection?

The same Lancet study also showed that the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine consistently offers good protection for the first 3 months.

Basically, our immune system remembers the lesson taught by the “first class” (first dose) very well for 3 months.

Time After 1 Dose Efficacy Efficacy Range
22 to 30 days 76.7% 47.0% to 89.8%
31 to 60 days 72.8% 32.9% to 89.0%
22 to 90 days 76.0% 59.3% to 85.9%
61 to 90 days 78.3% 36.4% to 92.6%
91 to 120 days 31.6% -141.8% to 80.7%

So here is my hypothesis.

Since our immune system remembers the lesson from the first dose so well in the first 3 months, it does not benefit much from an early refresher course – the second dose.

A refresher course is important – it reminds our immune system that COVID-19 is a recurrent threat that must be taken seriously, and kicks our memory B-cells out of hibernation.

But as you may recall from your college days – a refresher class a month after the class really isn’t as effective as a refresher class just before the term exam!

And that, I believe, is possibly the reason why a longer dose interval increases the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy – an actual “refresher class” is far more useful to our immune system than a “repeat class”.

A new preprint paper in the Lancet appears to back-up the evidence that longer dose intervals improve the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy.

It showed that longer dose intervals like 15-25 weeks and even 44-45 weeks were associated with higher antibody response when Dose 2 is administered!

 

Should We Keep Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 For More Efficacy?

Now, it is true that the evidence shows that delaying the second dose of AstraZeneca improves its efficacy.

However, and this is very important, we have to balance that against the RISK of getting infected by COVID-19 while we delay taking Dose 2.

The Delta variant, for example, is proving to be particularly problematic. A single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine does not provide good protection against it.

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

Therefore, we cannot keep delaying the second dose of AstraZeneca in hopes of getting better and better efficacy.

The increased efficacy from waiting will be pointless if you get infected before getting that second dose!

That is why many health authorities are now shortening, or planning to shorten, the dose interval for AstraZeneca – sacrificing some efficacy to gain more protection against the Delta variant earlier.

As I detailed in my earlier article – AstraZeneca Vaccine : Accept Or Delay 9 Week Dose Interval? – there really are no simple answers…

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : Accept Or Delay 9 Week Dose Interval?

The AstraZeneca dose interval has been reduced from 12 weeks to 9 weeks, but should we accept that or try to delay to 12 weeks or later?

This is not a straightforward decision, due to the threat posed by the new Delta variant.

Take a look at the pros and cons, and see which is better for you!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Dose Interval Reduced To 9 Weeks!

On 1 July 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine dose interval will be shortened from 12 weeks to just 9 weeks.

This is likely due to the surge of cases caused by the highly-infectious Delta strain of COVID-19, which has been shown to infect people within seconds of close contact.

A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to offer very limited protection against the Delta variant, so it is critical for people to get their second dose quickly.

Recommended : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Accept Or Delay 9 Week Dose Interval?

Now, many people have asked me – should we accept the new 9 week dose interval, or should we try to delay the second dose to the full 12 weeks or later?

Unfortunately, the answer is not quite so straightforward, due to the threat posed by the Delta variant.

You have to weigh the higher efficacy from waiting, against the risk of getting infected by a COVID-19 variant before getting the second dose.

Here are some factors for us to take into consideration (please see the next section for the evidence / proof) :

Risk of Exposure

If you are working from home, and have very little to no contact with strangers, you can risk waiting the full 12 weeks.

However, if your work requires you to be in close contact with other people, you should get the second dose as early as you can.

Age + Health

If you are a healthy young adult, your risk of being hospitalised with COVID-19 will be low since you are protected by the first AstraZeneca vaccine dose. You can risk waiting the full 12 weeks.

However, if you are a senior citizen or have one or more co-morbidities, you should get the second dose as early as you can.

Vulnerable Family Members

If other members of your family living in the same home received one or both vaccine doses, you can risk waiting the full 12 weeks.

However, if you have vulnerable family members (who cannot or are not vaccinated yet), you should get the second dose as early as you can.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Dose Interval : Evidence For / Against 9 Weeks

For a better understanding of the pros and cons of increasing or reducing the AstraZeneca vaccine dose interval, let me take you through my research and reasoning…

My analysis above was based on :

  • a pooled analysis of four studies covering 24,422 participants, published in The Lancet on 19 February 2021.
  • 22 May 2021 and 14 June 2021 data from Public Health England.
  • a preprint paper looking at ultra-long dose intervals involving 321 participants, published in The Lancet on 28 June 2021

Single Dose Efficacy

A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine proved to be very efficacious against symptomatic COVID-19.

After 21 days, a single dose offered up to 78.3% efficacy 90 days after vaccination.

This is the first reason why WHO recommended that the second AstraZeneca dose be given 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.

Time After 1 Dose Efficacy Efficacy Range
22 to 30 days 76.7% 47.0% to 89.8%
31 to 60 days 72.8% 32.9% to 89.0%
22 to 90 days 76.0% 59.3% to 85.9%
61 to 90 days 78.3% 36.4% to 92.6%
91 to 120 days 31.6% -141.8% to 80.7%

Change In Dose Interval

The AstraZeneca vaccine was originally designed with a 21-day interval between Dose 1 and Dose 2.

However, this study showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy increased with longer delays between Dose 1 and Dose 2!

This is the second reason why WHO recommended that the second AstraZeneca dose be given 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.

As you can see, the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine at 9 weeks is significantly lower than its efficacy at 12 weeks – 63.7% vs. 81.3% – a 27.6% difference in efficacy.

Second Dose
Interval
Efficacy
After 14 days
Efficacy Range
< 6 Weeks 55.1% 33.0% to 69.9%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9% 32.0% to 76.4%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7% 28.0% to 81.7%
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3% 60.3% to 91.2%

At this point, you may be wondering – why is the single dose efficacy much higher than the two-dose efficacy?

The two results are not directly comparable and should be looked at separately, because :

  • the single-dose cases were from much earlier in the year than the double-doses cases, when the strength of the epidemics were different.
  • the single dose efficacy was based on cases 21 days or later after vaccination, while the double-dose efficacy was based on cases 14 days or later after vaccination.

Ultra-Long Dose Intervals Work Even Better

The preprint paper in the Lancet appears to back-up the evidence that longer dose intervals improve the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy.

It showed that longer dose intervals like 15-25 weeks and even 44-45 weeks were associated with higher antibody response when Dose 2 is administered!

Efficacy Against Alpha + Delta Variants

Now, it is important to understand why health authorities are speeding up the second dose.

Data from Public Health England showed that a single AstraZeneca vaccine dose is only partially protective against the Alpha variant, and is particularly weak against the Delta variant.

The good news is – the second dose boosted immunity, offering robust protection against both variants.

Recommended : UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : 9 Week Dose Interval In Malaysia!

Malaysia is officially changing the AstraZeneca dose interval, from 12 weeks to just 9 weeks!

Find out how it affects vaccine efficacy!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : 9 Week Dose Interval In Malaysia!

On 30 June 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the government will announce a new dose interval for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

“I will be making an announcement on the new dose interval tomorrow (Thursday, 1 July 2021).”

Just before 6 PM on 1 July 2021, he finally made the announcement :

Based on the recommendation from our Technical Working Group & with greater clarity of the delivery schedule, @JKJAVMY has decided to shorten the dosing interval for AZ from 12 to nine weeks. Those who participated in the first round of AZ will be notified of their 2nd appt soon.

This is likely due to the surge of cases caused by the highly-infectious Delta strain of COVID-19, which has been shown to infect people within seconds of close contact.

A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to offer very limited protection against the Delta variant, so it is critical for people to get their second dose quickly.

Recommended : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Dose Interval Changes

The AstraZeneca vaccine was originally designed with a 21-day interval between Dose 1 and Dose 2.

However, a study published in the Lancet found that the UK approach of delaying the second dose until 12 weeks / 3 months later made the AstraZeneca vaccine more effective!

Second Dose
Interval
Efficacy After 2 Doses
(14 days after Dose 2)
< 6 Weeks 55.1%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7%
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3%

In light of the UK results, the WHO changed its advisory on the AstraZeneca vaccine, to recommend that the second dose be given 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.

That is why the Malaysian government decided to follow WHO’s advice to extend the dose interval to 12 weeks after their first dose.

The new 9 week dose interval gives a small but significant boost in efficacy over 6 weeks, and seems like a reasonable compromise between that or 12 long weeks.

Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine : Second Dose Set At 12 Weeks!

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

Some people, including a Brisbane nurse, developed blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine – a rare complication.

Find out what you should look out for, after getting vaccinated against COVID-19 using the AstraZeneca vaccine!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What Are They?

Scientists are now quite certain that the AstraZeneca vaccine can induce a rare side effect with a variety of names :

  • Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS)
  • Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) or even
  • Vaccine-induced Prothrombotic Immune Thrombocytopenia (VIPIT).

In a very small number of cases, the AstraZeneca vaccine can trigger the immune system to create anti-PF4 (Anti-Platelet Factor 4) antibodies.

These anti-PF4 antibodies attack the platelets, causing them to clump together and blood clots to form.

This creates a situation where the person not only develops blood clots, but also has low platelets. The risk is not zero, but it is exceedingly rare.

Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : How Dangerous Are They?

These blood clots are a little unusual in that they can develop in the large veins of the brain and/or abdomen and/or lungs, and are coupled with low platelet counts, leading to bleeding tendencies.

In May 2021, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) confirmed that Ellie Peacock – a trainee nurse in Brisbane – suffered TTS, developing three blood clots in her lungs. Ms. Peacock has since recovered from TTS.

The good news is now that we know about this rare risk factor, we can look out for these blood clots and treat them before complications develop.

As of 30 June 2021, 64 people in Australia developed TTV, out of 4.2 million doses administered. Only 2 have died so far.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

People who develop these blood clots will complain of these symptoms 4 to 30 days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine :

  • Severe headache that
    does not improve with simple painkillers (like paracetamol / acetaminophen)
    gets worse when lying down
  • Neurological changes
    – blurred vision
    – speech difficulties
    – drowsiness
    – seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Persistent abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Leg pain or swelling
  • Petechiae (tiny blood spots under the skin)
  • Easy bruising or bleeding

If you notice any of these symptoms after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, DO NOT WAIT. Seek medical attention right away!

The earlier you seek medical attention, the less likely you will develop complications. Please do NOT self-medicate with painkillers.

If you need to take painkillers for post-vaccination fever / headache, avoid aspirin, as it can exacerbate the bleeding tendency with TTS.

Take paracetamol (acetaminophen) instead. If they do not help, you could have TTS.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Why Risk The Blood Clots?

It is understandable to worry about blood clots and bleeding tendencies. They are serious and should not be dismissed out of hand.

However, we must keep in mind that the risk of being hospitalised and dying from COVID-19 is much, MUCH HIGHER than the risk of developing blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

These two charts show the risks of hospitalisations (left) and death (right) from COVID-19 (blue) and TTS (red).

As you can see, the risk of hospitalisation and death is incredibly skewed towards COVID-19.

In a perfect world where you have ready access to alternative vaccines, it makes sense to be extra cautious and avoid even these few cases of blood clots with bleeding tendencies.

You can see some countries opting to do that, out of an abundance of caution. Why risk even such a minute risk, if you have plenty of alternative vaccines?

However, COVID-19 vaccines are in very short supply in most countries. It will be months before alternative vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, etc. are available.

Should you wait until an alternative COVID-19 vaccine arrives? That is generally not a good idea, because vaccines only work if you get them BEFORE you are infected.

The best COVID-19 vaccine is the FIRST COVID-19 vaccine you can get and complete.

I highly recommend that you accept the first COVID-19 vaccine you are offered, be it AstraZeneca or Pfizer or even Sinovac, and complete the dosage requirements to protect yourself at the earliest possible opportunity.

If it so happens you receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, simply take note of the potential symptoms of TTS above, and seek medical attention if you identify any of them.

 

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Malaysia : No AZ-Pfizer Heterologous Vaccination For Now

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.

This is becoming of critical importance with the development of highly-infectious variants, like the Delta variant which is partially resistant to vaccines.

 

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.

Although the expert technical working group has presented JKJAV early real world data on heterologous vaccinations, that is mixing vaccines; we are still studying.

It is still inconclusive for us to make a decision to mix vaccines here in Malaysia. We will continue to study that and once a conclusive decision can be made, then we will announce that.

For now, you will be given the same vaccine as the first dose. If you received AstraZeneca for your first dose, you will receive AstraZeneca for your second dose.

Instead of trying out heterologous vaccinations, the Malaysia government has decided to bring forward the AstraZeneca vaccine dose interval.

 

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Malaysia To Get 2 Million Vaccine Doses From US + Japan!

More great news on the vaccine front – Malaysia will get 2 million doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines from the US and Japan!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Malaysia To Get 2 Million Vaccine Doses From US + Japan!

On 30 June 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that Malaysia will receive 2 million vaccine doses from the US and Japan :

  • 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine contributed by Japan will arrive on Thursday, 1 July 2021.
  • 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine contributed by the United States will arrive on Friday, 2 July 2021.

 

How Will US + Japan Vaccine Contribution Help?

These two million doses will certainly go a long way to help speed up COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia, which recently has been vaccinating over 200,000 people a day.

Increasing the vaccination speed is critical if Malaysia is to achieve the goals set out in the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Moving from the current Phase 1 to Phase, for example, requires meeting these minimum requirements :

  • average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <4,000
  • moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
  • 10% population vaccinated with second dose

As of 29 June 2021, just 2,214,001 people in Malaysia have been fully vaccinated. That’s approximately 6.7% of the population.

Without a big influx of vaccines, and a surge in vaccinations, it will take many weeks before Malaysia can fully vaccinate 10% of its population.

 

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Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

Here is what you need to know about why Delta variant causes more breakthrough infections, and what we need to do to stop it.

 

Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

The Delta variant of COVID-19 (B.1.617.2) was first documented in India, in October 2020. Hence, it was earlier known as the Indian variant.

Everyone’s worried about the Delta variant of COVID-19, and rightly so – it is much more infectious and has shown to be partially resistant to vaccines.

The Delta variant is about 60% more infectious than the already highly-infectious Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), and is behind the massive wave of infections in India in April and May of 2021.

I will now show you why the Delta variant causes much more breakthrough infections than even the Alpha variant, using 22 May 2021 and 14 June 2021 data from Public Health England.

Recommended : Two Chinese Vaccines Less Effective Against Delta Variant

Protection Against Symptomatic COVID-19

The Pfizer vaccine offers very strong protection against symptomatic COVID-19, but only after two doses. It offers very little protection against the Delta variant with a single dose.

The AstraZeneca vaccine only offers partial protection against symptomatic COVID-19, even with two doses. And like the Pfizer vaccine, it offers very little protection against the Delta variant with a single dose.

This is why breakthrough infections will be significantly higher with the Delta variant.

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 93% 50% 66%
Delta (India) 33% 88% 33% 60%

Protection Against Hospitalisation

But the good news is that both vaccines offer robust protection against hospitalisation! In other words, you may get COVID-19, but it will be mild enough that you do not need to be hospitalised.

Even with a single dose, the Pfizer vaccine offers excellent protection against hospitalisation with the Delta variant.

The AstraZeneca vaccine requires two doses to offer similar protection against hospitalisation with the Delta variant.

A single dose of AstraZeneca still leaves you with a high chance of getting COVID-19 severe enough to require hospitalisation.

This is why it is CRITICAL to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 83% 95% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 94% 96% 71% 92%

 

How To Prevent Breakthrough Infections With Delta Variant?

Now, while the Pfizer vaccine offers great protection against the Delta variant, I should point out that it is still not 100% protective.

The Delta variant is highly infectious, and you can still get infected with repeated exposure. So please do NOT be complacent.

Here are steps that we can take to prevent breakthrough infections with the Delta variant :

This will be necessary until we achieve herd immunity. So please encourage everyone to get vaccinated, and make sure they get both doses (if they are getting a 2-dose vaccine).

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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28 Post-AZ Vaccine Deaths In Taiwan : What Do They Mean?

Everyone’s talking about the 28 deaths in Taiwan that happened after they received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

OMG! 28 Post-AZ Vaccine Deaths In Taiwan!!

The recent media coverage on the 28 post AstraZeneca vaccine deaths have gotten many people worried.

Those who are waiting for their vaccination are worried that their lives may be at risk, while those who already received their AstraZeneca vaccines are worried that they may die too.

In WhatsApp and Facebook groups, I observed Sinophiles eagerly share the news, literally excited to finally be able to prove that Western-made vaccines are dangerous, compared to Chinese-made vaccines.

So, are people in Taiwan dying from the AstraZeneca vaccine? Does this mean the AstraZeneca vaccine is dangerous?

Let’s find out!

 

28 Post-AZ Vaccine Deaths In Taiwan : The Facts

Let me summarise the key takeaway points about the 28 post-AstraZeneca vaccine deaths in Taiwan.

  • As of 1 June 2021, over 400 million AstraZeneca doses have been administered worldwide.
  • Taiwan started vaccinating its citizens with 1.24 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan on 4 June 2021.
  • The first group to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine in Taiwan was people aged 85 years and above.
  • As of 16 June 2021, a total of 1,135,515 people in Taiwan received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, including 174,098 people aged 75 years and older.
  • Between 4 June and 28 June 2021, 28 people died, out of the over 1.1 million people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • These deaths were reported through the Taiwanese VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) – similar to the US VAERS and UK Yellow Card System.
    That means they must be verified and investigated, before we can conclude that they are related to the vaccine.
  • The 28 people who died were aged between 60 and 97, and at least 14 had chronic illnesses like kidney failure, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
  • The autopsies of two patients show that one suffered from arterial obstructive cardiovascular disease and acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), while the other had arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease with serious blockages in three heart arteries.

 

28 Post-AZ Vaccine Deaths In Taiwan : What Do They Mean?

Taiwan CECC (Central Epidemic Command Center) Spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said that statistically, an average of 200 people over the age of 75 will die every day in Taiwan.

That works out to about 5,000 deaths of people above the age of 75 for the 25 days between 4 June and 28 June 2021, when those 28 post-AZ vaccine deaths were reported.

Therefore, it is very plausible that the deaths had nothing to do with the AstraZeneca vaccine they received.

Please remember that the AstraZeneca vaccine only provides protection against COVID-19. It does not make people immune against other causes of death.

With or without the AstraZeneca vaccine, people will continue to die of other causes.

To determine whether the deaths are related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Taiwanese health authorities will be performing autopsies to find the cause of death.

Until we have the autopsy results, there is simply no evidence that these deaths are related to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

Post-AZ Vaccine Deaths In UK : Clues For Taiwan

Perhaps the United Kingdom’s long experience with the AstraZeneca vaccine will help provide some clues in Taiwan’s case.

According to the UK Yellow Card Report Summary, as of 9 June 2021 :

  • the United Kingdom administered 42.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to 24.6 million people
  • only 390 cases of the rare but serious VITT blood clots were reported.
  • 71 people reportedly died from VITT caused by the AstraZeneca vaccine – 1 in every 595,775 doses.

Again, the Yellow Card Report Summary only lists what was reported. It is not necessary true, but it gives us an idea of the risks associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Let’s assume that 71 people did die from the AstraZeneca vaccine in the United Kingdom.

The UK suffers an average of 1,900 deaths per million from COVID-19. If they did not vaccinate those 24.6 million people, there would been additional 46,740 deaths.

So the risk-benefit analysis is simple. Would you rather risk being in the vaccinated group with 71 deaths, or the unvaccinated group with 46,740 deaths?

There is therefore no doubt that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine greatly outweigh the risks.

 

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UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

Public Health England just confirmed that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Delta (Indian) variant!

Here is what you need to know about this exciting new development!

 

UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

On 14 June 2021, Public Health England (PHE) announced that their initial analysis showed for the first time that “2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant.

  • the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses
  • the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses

This means both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have similar effectiveness against the Delta (Indian) variant, as they do against the Alpha (UK) variant.

However, this is only true if you receive both doses. Their earlier analysis showed that a single dose is 17% less effective at preventing symptomatic illness.

To help you better understand the data, I summarised the effectiveness of the two COVID-19 vaccines against hospitalisation in this table :

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 83% 95% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 94% 96% 71% 92%

The key takeaway from this analysis is very straightforward – we must get vaccinated with both doses to gain maximum protection against these variants of concern (VOCs).

As Dr. Mary Ramsay (Head of Immunisation at PHE) said, “These hugely important findings confirm that the vaccines offer significant protection against hospitalisation from the Delta variant.”

“It is absolutely vital to get both doses as soon as they are offered to you, to gain maximum protection against all existing and emerging variants.”

 

Vaccines Effective But Not Foolproof Against Delta Variant

It certainly is very encouraging to see that both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer such robust protection against both Alpha and Delta variants of COVID-19.

However, even if you get vaccinated with both doses, there is still a small risk of getting hospitalised with a COVID-19 infection.

That’s because neither vaccines offer 100% protection against COVID-19, and its variants. It is inevitable that there will be some breakthrough infections, and even a few deaths.

You just need to take the 86% to 96% protection offered by the vaccines to 100% by taking COVID-19 precautions :

This will be necessary until we achieve herd immunity. So please encourage everyone to get vaccinated, and make sure they get both doses (if they are getting a 2-dose vaccine).

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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Will COVID-19 Vaccines Reduce Our Immunity For 6 Weeks?

Will COVID-19 vaccines reduce our body’s immunity for 6 weeks, putting us at greater risk of getting infected by the coronavirus?

Find out what’s this viral Internet advice all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccines Reduce Our Immunity For 6 Weeks!

This piece of medical advice is going viral on WhatsApp, warning that our immunity will drop for 6 weeks after receiving COVID-19 vaccination.

注射了两剂疫苗的人士,敬请注意小心
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值得一提的是,即使注射了兩劑疫苗,人們還是會感染新冠病毒。
第二劑必須在第一劑疫苗注射後的21/28天注射。
第一劑疫苗進入人體後會立即開始形成抗體。
當我們體內形成抗體時,我們的免疫力是會大大的降低。
同樣的情況在21/28天後當我們注射了第二劑的疫苗後,我們的免疫力會降得更低。
在第二次注射後的14天,當抗體在我們體內完全形成了時,我們的免疫力才會開始自然迅速增長。
這一個半月的注射疫苗過程中,由於我們體內的免疫力降低,新冠病毒進入我們體內的機會就變成非常的高。意思是說在這段時間裏,一旦在外接觸到新冠病毒,我們是最脆弱的也是最容易感染病毒。
所以在這注射疫苗一個半月內出外,離開家門是一項非常危險的行爲。
即使注射了兩劑疫苗,我們還是有可能成為新冠病毒的下一個受害者。
一個半月後,體內的免疫力增加了從一百到兩百倍,之後我們感染新冠病毒的風險就會大大的減低,尤其是對于高風險的年長者。
這就是為什麼從首次注射開始的一個半月內,我們要非常注意自己的安全。
確保出門戴口罩。
沒有必要的話就留守在家,千萬不要出門。

Reasons for people getting infected even after taking two doses of the corona vaccine:
The second dose is to be taken 21/28 days after the first dose of the corona vaccine.
The vaccine starts to form antibodies immediately after entering the body.
When antibodies are forming in our body, our immunity decreases a lot.
When we take the second dose of the vaccine after the 21/28 days, our immunity decreases even more.
14 days after the second dose, when the antibodies are completely formed in our body, our immunity starts to grow rapidly.
During this one and a half month, due to low immunity, the chances of the corona virus entering our body are very high. It is due to an exposure to the virus at this vulnerable time that a person gets infected.Hence, it is very risky to get out of the house during this month and a half.
Even after taking two doses of the vaccine, you can become a victim of Corona.
After one and a half months, the immunity in the body rises by 100 to 200 times, after which you are safe.
Need to be careful and safe for one and a half months from the first dose.
That’s why
Make sure to wear a mask
Get out of the house only if necessary.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Will NOT Reduce Our Immunity At All!

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

The dose interval very much depends on the vaccine, and other factors :

Instead of relying on a WhatsApp message of unknown provenance (who wrote it?), ask your doctor or just follow your vaccination appointment.

Fact #2 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system. They don’t form antibodies.

Instead, they mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so that your immune system can learn to identify it, and create antibodies against the real virus.

Your own immune system creates the antibodies, not the vaccine.

Fact #3 : Immunity Does Not Drop With COVID-19 Vaccination

You may feel a bit sick after your vaccination. That is not evidence that COVID-19 vaccines reduce our immunity.

That is your body’s natural reaction, as your immune system is triggered by the viral antigens presented by the vaccine.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger against COVID-19, not weaker.

Fact #4 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that full immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

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Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination. However, that is not because COVID-19 vaccines reduce your immunity.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection.

Even the best COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer and Moderna – can only prevent 94%-95% of COVID-19 infections. That means 5% of those who are fully vaccinated using these vaccines will still get infected.

That does not mean vaccines are useless. The point is COVID-19 vaccines prevent severe disease and death, so even if you get infected after vaccination, it will turn out to be mild or asymptomatic.

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established. In the interim, you can protect yourself by continuing to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and keep your hands clean.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Will Not Give Your Immune System Superpowers

The claim that your immune system is boosted by 100 to 200 times is nonsensical.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not boost your immune system. It only teaches your immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can learn to produce the right antibodies before the real coronavirus attacks.

Because your body has never encountered the SARS-CoV-2 virus before, it has ZERO immunity against this novel coronavirus.

As any math teacher can tell you – you cannot divide by zero, therefore any comparison is nonsensical.

What happens after you are fully vaccinated is that your immune system has learned how to fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It does not derive any superpower from the vaccine, it just knows how to make antibodies to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 4 June 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest COVID-19 vaccine plan for Malaysia, as announced by the Ministry of Health.

We will keep this article updated over time, so check back for more updates!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Five Vaccines Purchased So Far

Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase five vaccines in 2021 :

That is enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunise up to 37.85 million people – roughly 118% of the adult population in Malaysia.

This does not mean that there are excess vaccine doses, because Malaysia has also committed to vaccinating foreign residents in Malaysia.

And there will come a time when children may also be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : How To Register?

There are FIVE (5) ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine plan :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

Registration for dependents, including domestic helpers (maids), started on 19 March 2021.

Manual registration at private and public clinics, as well as health offices, started on 5 April 2021.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Phase 2 In Progress!

The Phase 2 public vaccination against COVID-19 kicked off on 19 April 2021, with vaccines from PfizerAstraZeneca and Sinovac.

On 12 April 2021, JKJAV approved the Sinovac vaccine for use in people aged 60 years and above.

On 27 May 2021, JKJAV decided to reintroduce AstraZeneca to the main vaccination programme, after making it optional.

Those selected will be notified by MySejahtera and/or SMS, and given 48 hours to accept their appointments, failing which they will be rescheduled.

You can now check your COVID-19 vaccination appointment and status online using the JKJAV Vaccine Appointment Checker (English / Bahasa Malaysia).

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COVID-19 Vaccine : How To Register / Remove Dependents?

Here is our video guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination for your dependents using MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.

If you wish to remove your vaccine dependent, you can follow our guide here.

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How To Arrange For Joint Vaccine Appointments?

You are allowed to apply for joint vaccine appointments.

All you have to do is call 1800-888-828 to make that request, once you receive the first appointment.

JKJAV will respond within 48 hours. But please DO NOT go the vaccination centre, without the updated appointments.

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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : What’s The Process?

On the day of your COVID-19 vaccination, please go through this “checklist” before heading to the vaccination centre :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal and drink some water.
  3. Make sure you do not have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
  4. Bring your smartphone with MySejahtera installed, and your identification – MyKad or passport.
  5. If you have medications for your pre-existing conditions, please bring them too.
  6. Bring your own pen, and something stiff to write on.
  7. Make sure you wear a face mask when you leave your house.
  8. Please DO NOT take painkillers before your vaccination!

The COVID-19 vaccination process is very easy, as the video below demonstrates.

But if you are worried, you can check out our detailed step-by-step explanation of the vaccination process.

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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : Check The Dose!

There have been a few cases where vaccine recipients have been given less than the recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In other cases, it is likely that the vaccine recipients misread the volume of LDV syringes, which are different from regular syringes.

To avoid such misunderstandings, healthcare workers are now asked to show the vaccine recipient the pre-filled syringes before vaccination, and the empty syringe after vaccination.

LDV syringes though, have a special long rubber plunger – the black part. Most people misread it by looking at the tip of this long plunger.

It should be read from the first ring of the LDV plunger, as the picture below shows.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : No Longer Optional!

Due to bad publicity and viral fake news on social media, the government took the AstraZeneca vaccine off the mainstream vaccination programme.

It was made available at special vaccination centres, to anyone aged 18 or older who wishes to accept it voluntarily.

Both the AstraZeneca 1.0 and AstraZeneca 2.0 programmes proved to be so popular, the government decided to reintroduce the vaccine to the main vaccination programme.

The government also announced that the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be set at 12 weeks, instead of 4 weeks.

However, you can ask for an earlier second dose, if you need to travel for work or study.

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How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera

MySejahtera allows you to report side effects, but the option isn’t readily apparent.

So here’s our video guide on how to report vaccine effects in MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the report, to correct for mistakes or update it.

For a pictorial guide, see our article How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

Those who successfully completed their COVID-19 vaccination will receive :

  • an electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate in MySejahtera
  • a physical My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund : Up To RM500K!

Officially called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vakin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), this COVID-19 vaccine injury fund will pay out :

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

It will receive an initial funding of RM 10 million (US$2.5 million) under the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

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Private COVID-19 Vaccines : Free + Paid Options Coming!

The vaccines are currently administered at 600 locations across the country, that consist of :

  • Ministry of Health healthcare facilities
  • Ministry of Defence facilities
  • University hospitals

On 29 March 2021, Malaysia announced that the free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at private clinics and hospitals starting 19 April 2021.

As of 12 April 2021, over 2300 private clinics have registered to take part in the vaccination programme. The 203 private hospitals in Malaysia could follow suit.

Private hospitals could be allowed to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines in Q3 or Q4 2021.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

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Phase 2 : 19 April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

This phase kicks off on 19 April 2021, with eligible recipients being notified as early as 5 April 2021.

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine : FREE For ALL Citizens + Foreign Residents

The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided FREE for all Malaysian citizens, as well as foreign residents.

Registration for domestic helpers (maids) started on 19 March 2021.

On top of that, vulnerable foreigners will be included in Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Plan For Malaysia : Both Doses Reserved

On 13 February 2021, Dr. Kalaiarasu Periasamy, the Director of the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) announced the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s “One Dose Injected, One Dose Reserved” strategy.

Two doses will be reserved for each person, with the second dose administered 21 days after the first dose, as recommended by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The second dose for the Sinovac vaccine will be administered 14 days after the first dose.

The second dose for the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered 12 weeks after the first dose.

When you arrive to a vaccination centre, you will be registered for both doses. You will be given a vaccination card, and registered in the MySejahtera app as well.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Path To 80% Coverage

Malaysia originally aimed to achieve vaccination coverage of 82.8% of the adult population, approximately 26.5 million people.

But in their 5 February 2021 update, the Ministry of Health now aim to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Path To 80% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This is what the COVID-19 vaccine supply will be like for the adult population in Malaysia :

  • 46.4% will receive the COMIRNATY vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 34.9% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Biotech
  • 9.3% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 9.3% will receive the Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for poor optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus :

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Revision History

2021-06-04 : Vaccine underdose, LDV syringe reading, vaccine dependent registration and removal, AstraZeneca vaccine, painkillers, many other changes

2021-04-28 : Vaccination process, joint vaccinations, AstraZeneca vaccine, other changes
2021-04-14 : Phase 2 vaccination updates, side effect reporting, vaccination appointments, private clinics + hospitals
2021-04-06 : Details of CanSino Convidecia vaccine. Manual registration at private and public clinics.
2021-03-30 : Phase 2 details, free + paid vaccines at private clinics and hospitals.
2021-03-25 : New vaccine purchases, vaccine injury fund, domestic helper registration.
2021-03-18 : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge, dependent registration.
2021-02-12 : 5 ways to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination programme
2021-02-05 : KKM’s plan to immunise 25.6 million people in Malaysia.
2021-01-28 : CoronaVac and Sputnik V vaccine purchase.
2021-01-12 : Added the additional purchase of the Pfizer vaccine.
Originally posted @ 2020-12-31

 

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Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca Vaccine By Siam Bioscience!

Malaysia has conditionally approved the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Siam Bioscience in Thailand!

Find out this means for the COVID-19 vaccination program in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine By Siam Bioscience!

On 4 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Siam Bioscience in Thailand received conditional approval.

  1. AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Solution for Injection
    Registrant : AstraZeneca Sdn Bhd
    Manufacturer : Siam Bioscience Co. Ltd., Thailand

This conditional approval would allow the AstraZeneca manufactured by Siam Bioscience to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program, helping to increase the speed of the vaccination process.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Why Separate Approval For Siam Bioscience?

The AstraZeneca vaccine had earlier received conditional approval for use in Malaysia. However, they were manufactured by Medimmune Phama B.V. in The Netherlands.

The Malaysia National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has to vet and approve AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by other factories.

Just like how AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by SK Bioscience had to first vetted for conditional approval, the same goes for these vaccine doses manufactured by Siam Bioscience.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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Did Dr. Joey Avila Die From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2?

Did Dr. Joey Avila MD die from COVID-19 after receiving his second dose of the Sinovac vaccine?

Find out what’s this new viral warning, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Dr. Joey Avila Died From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2!

This post about Dr. Joey Avila dying from COVID-19 after receiving his second dose of the Sinovac vaccine has gone viral on social media.

From Evelyn

Post from Makati Medical Center.

We lost our chief of pathology, Dr Joey Avila, in MMC to COVID. He had received his 2nd Sinovac, then got COVID within about a week of his 2nd dose.

Reasons for people getting infected even after taking two doses of the corona vaccine:
The second dose is to be taken 21/28 days after the first dose of the corona vaccine.
The vaccine starts to form antibodies immediately after entering the body.
When antibodies are forming in our body, our immunity decreases a lot.
When we take the second dose of the vaccine after the 21/28 days, our immunity decreases even more.
14 days after the second dose, when the antibodies are completely formed in our body, our immunity starts to grow rapidly.
During this one and a half month, due to low immunity, the chances of the corona virus entering our body are very high. It is due to an exposure to the virus at this vulnerable time that a person gets infected.Hence, it is very risky to get out of the house during this month and a half.
Even after taking two doses of the vaccine, you can become a victim of Corona.
After one and a half months, the immunity in the body rises by 100 to 200 times, after which you are safe.
Need to be careful and safe for one and a half months from the first dose.
That’s why
Make sure to wear a mask
Get out of the house only if necessary.

#Covid update.

 

NO! Dr. Joey Avila Did NOT Die From COVID-19 After Sinovac Dose 2!

This viral message is an evolution of an earlier viral message on social media, just “upgraded” with a section on Dr. Joey Avila dying from COVID-19 after receiving his second Sinovac vaccine dose.

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : Dr. Joey Avila Died From COVID-19

Dr. Jose “Joey” Maria Avila, MD – the Chief of Pathology at Makati Medical Center – died from COVID-19 on 20 April 2021.

Fact #2 : Dr. Joey Avila Only Had One Dose

Dr. Saturnino P. Javier, the Medical Director of Makati Medical Center, refuted the claim that Dr. Joey Avila was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Sinovac vaccine.

He stated that Dr. Avila only received ONE dose of a vaccine, whose brand cannot be disclosed.

It could be either the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine – both of which were rolled out in March 2021. But it certainly isn’t Pfizer because that only rolled out in May 2021.

Fact #3 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

The dose interval very much depends on the vaccine, and other factors :

Instead of relying on a WhatsApp message of unknown provenance (who wrote it?), ask your doctor or just follow your vaccination appointment.

Fact #4 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

Vaccines are like training boot camps for your immune system. They don’t form antibodies.

Instead, they mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so that your immune system can learn to identify it, and create antibodies against the real virus.

Your immune system creates the antibodies, not the vaccine.

Fact #5 : Immunity Does Not Drop With COVID-19 Vaccination

You may feel a bit sick after your vaccination. That’s your body’s immune system reacting to the viral antigens presented by the vaccine.

That does not mean your immunity has dropped after vaccination. This is your body’s natural reaction, as it identifies the foreign antigens and the immune system works to defeat them.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger against COVID-19, not weaker.

Fact #6 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that full immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

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Fact #7 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is also true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection. However, vaccines prevent severe disease and death.

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established. In the interim, you can protect yourself by continuing to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and keep your hands clean.

Fact #8 : Vaccine Will Not Give Your Immune System Superpowers

The claim that your immune system is boosted by 100 to 200 times is nonsensical.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not boost your immune system. It only teaches your immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can learn to defeat it before the real virus attacks.

As your body has never encountered the SARS-CoV-2 virus before, it has ZERO immunity against this novel coronavirus.

As any math teacher can tell you – you cannot divide by zero, therefore any comparison is nonsensical.

What happens after you are fully vaccinated is that your immune system has learned how to fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It does not derive any superpower from the vaccine, it just knows how to make antibodies to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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1 Million AstraZeneca Doses Coming, But No More Opt-In!

More than 1 million more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are coming in, but they will no longer be available through the opt-in programme!

 

1 Million AstraZeneca Doses Coming, But No More Opt-In!

Malaysians are extremely worried, with over 7,000 new cases per day. That’s why the recent AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine programme ran out in just over an hour!

But not to worry – a million more AstraZeneca vaccine doses are arriving in the next two months610,000 doses in June, and 410,000 doses in July!

These vaccine doses are manufactured by the AstraZeneca in Thailand, and therefore, is still subject to NPRA’s approval.

However, the government has decided to stop offering any AstraZeneca opt-in programmes in the future. There will be no longer be an AstraZeneca 3.0 programme, I’m afraid!

Once NPRA approves these Thai-manufactured AstraZeneca vaccine doses, they will be used together with the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines in the main COVID-19 vaccination programme.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Is It Safe To Get?

Many people are worried about the risk of getting blood clots from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The fact is – the risk is incredibly small – certainly much, MUCH smaller than the risk of developing blood clots with COVID-19, which can be as high as 41% in positive patients, and up to 95% in severe COVID-19 cases.

Blood clots can also develop (through different mechanisms) with smoking and the use of oral contraceptive pills (OCP).

We created this table to better demonstrate the risk to you.

Risk Difference
Thrombocytopenia in
severe COVID-19 cases
Up to 95% 45,238X
Thrombocytopenia
in COVID-19 cases
Up to 41% 19,524X
Dying from COVID-19 Infection 0.25% to
10%
119X to 4762X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adult)
Up to 0.46% 219X
Thrombosis from Smoking 0.18% 85.7X
Thrombosis from OCP
(Adolescents)
Up to 0.01% 4.8X
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia
(AstraZeneca Vaccine)
0.0021% Baseline

So, is it safe to get the AstraZeneca vaccine that’s being offered to people age 18 years and above in Malaysia?

We can only tell you that the risk is exceedingly low. At most, 21 out of 1 million people who receive this vaccine will potentially develop this condition.

Based on the risk-benefit analysis performed by the EMA Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), it is obvious that for a high-incidence country like Malaysia, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

More importantly, that we are aware of this particular side effect, both doctors and vaccine recipients can look out for the symptoms and quickly seek treatment.

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Failed To Get AstraZeneca 2.0? Check MySejahtera Anyway!

If you failed to get a slot in the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine programme, you should still check MySejahtera anyway.

That’s because many people who failed to get a slot just discovered that their application actually succeeded!

 

Failed To Get AstraZeneca 2.0? Check MySejahtera Anyway!

Many people had trouble getting a slot for the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine programme when it was opened up to people below 60 years of age.

Not only was it delayed, people soon found that it was impossible to open up the list of available slots, even with a lot of frustrated banging on their keyboards and phone displays!

But today, many of them are reporting that they were issued vaccine appointments in their MySejahtera, even though they thought they failed to get into AstraZeneca 2.0!

Here are three examples sent to us – each one thought they failed in registering for AstraZeneca 2.0, but somehow received their vaccine appointments anyway!

So just keep an eye out on MySejahtera, even if you thought you failed to get a slot in the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine programme. It is possible that your application went through, but the system was too jammed to show you the Thank you message.

 

How To Check For AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointment In MySejahtera?

For those who are not sure, here is our step-by-step guide on how to check for AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments in MySejahtera!

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.28 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here] – to start with the registration process.

  1. You should now see your first dose appointment details – the location, date and time.

 

Prepare For Your AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments!

Before you go for your AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination appointment, please make sure you bring :

  • Your MyKad / passport
  • Your smartphone with MySejahtera
  • A pen and something stiff to write on – there are no writing tables there!
  • A face mask to wear!
  • A list of your medications, in case you need to consult the doctor there
  • A bottle of water, in case you need something to drink

You can also read about the AstraZeneca vaccination process at these three vaccination centres :

 

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AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments Delayed But Will Come!

Those who registered for the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination programme have been worried about the absence of their appointments for more than 48 hours!

But we can confirm that the AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments have been delayed, but don’t worry – they will come!

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments Delayed But Will Come!

The AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination programme kicked off on Sunday, 23 May 2021, but no one received their vaccine appointments more than 48 hours later!

This led many to worry that they did not fill in their registrations correctly, or they may have been rejected for these reasons :

  • the applicant did not first apply for the main vaccination programme
  • MyKad / passport number mismatch in MySejahtera and AstraZeneca 2.0 application
  • address mismatch in MySejahtera and AstraZeneca 2.0 application

Earlier, JKJAV announced that AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments have been delayed and will only be released from 26 May 2021 onwards.

However, when 26 May 2021 arrived, many people complained that they haven’t received their AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments.

JKJAV is assuring everyone yet again that some AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments may be delayed, but you will all receive them soon.

 

How To Check For AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments

For those who are not sure, here is our step-by-step guide on how to check for AstraZeneca 2.0 appointments in MySejahtera!

  1. Make sure you update to MySejahtera 1.0.28 or later before you proceed.
  2. Open MySejahtera.
  3. Tap on the Close button on the upper right corner of the default Check-in screen.
  4. You should see the MySejahtera main screen, and it should show you a new COVID-19 Vaccination option.

  1. Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option and it will show you this information display.
  2. Tap on the first option – Vaccine for [your name here] – to start with the registration process.

  1. You should now see your first dose appointment details – the location, date and time.

 

Prepare For Your AstraZeneca 2.0 Appointments!

Before you go for your AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination appointment, please make sure you bring :

  • Your MyKad / passport
  • Your smartphone with MySejahtera
  • A pen and something stiff to write on – there are no writing tables there!
  • A face mask to wear!
  • A list of your medications, in case you need to consult the doctor there
  • A bottle of water, in case you need something to drink

You can also read about the AstraZeneca vaccination process at these three vaccination centres :

 

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AstraZeneca 2.0 Over In 1 Hour! More Doses In July!

The AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine registration was over in just over an hour after it was opened up to people below 60 years of age! But don’t worry… more AstraZeneca vaccine doses are coming in July!

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 Doses Snapped Up In 1 Hour!

The AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine registration for people below 60 years of age got off on a rough start, with a 15 minute delay over technical issues.

When it reloaded with new links, some people were still loading the old links and got stuck because they keep getting the error message that the programme was for 60 years and older.

Others who loaded the new links immediately had trouble loading the location and time slots, leading to frustrated banging of keyboards and phone displays.

Even though people tried with multiple devices – smartphones, tablets and computers – many could not load the list of available slots.

Just over an hour after the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccine registration programme started, JKJAV – the Special Committee  on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced that all 1 million doses were taken up.

This was a far greater response than the first round, where only 268,800 doses were taken up in 3.5 hours.

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 Over, More Doses Coming In July!

Many people have since expressed great frustration and disappointment at not snagging one of the million doses in the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme.

But don’t worry. National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, just announced that 600,000 more AstraZeneca doses will arrive in Malaysia in July 2021.

So you can look forward to an AstraZeneca 3.0 vaccine registration programme in July!

 

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On The Wait List? You Can Register For AstraZeneca 2.0 Too!

If you are on the original AstraZeneca wait list, you can now register for the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination programme too!

Find out why they are now allowing you to register for AstraZeneca 2.0, and whether you should do that.

 

Those On Wait List Do Not Need To Register For AstraZeneca 2.0

We mentioned this before, and it remains true – those who registered for the original AstraZeneca Round 1 wait list are automatically enrolled into AstraZeneca 2.0.

In fact, some have already been called up for spare doses in the current AstraZeneca vaccination programme.

So you do NOT need to register for AstraZeneca 2.0, if you already are on the original wait list.

 

Those On Wait List Can Register For AstraZeneca 2.0

On 25 May 2021, JKJAV announced that those on the original AstraZeneca wait list will be ALLOWED to register for the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination programme.

They are basically allowing you to register in order to lock in a specific date and location.

You could get your appointment sooner if you remain on the wait list, but you must be prepared to run over for your COVID-19 vaccination when they call you.

For most people, it would probably makes sense to register for the AstraZeneca 2.0 vaccination programme to fix a date and location of their choosing.

Recommended : AstraZeneca Vaccine Round 2 : How To Register For It!

 

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AstraZeneca 2.0 (Below 60) : Register From 26 May Onwards!

We can now confirm that the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme for people below 60 years of age will start on 26 May 2021!

Here are the details! Share them with your friends, and get them to sign up too!

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 (Below 60) : Register From 26 May Onwards!

JKJAV – the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced at 2:07 PM on 25 May 2021, that the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme will be opened up to 18 years and above at 12 PM on Wednesday, 26 May 2021!

To be clear, AstraZeneca 2.0 programme will then available to those below 60 years of age, as well as those who are 60 years and older, who are already eligible.

Starting at 12 PM on 26 May 2021, these will be the new requirements for the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme :

  • Aged 18 years and above
  • Have previously registered for vaccination under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme
  • Live in Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Sarawak or Selangor.

In addition, the NRIC number (or passport number) and address in MySejahtera must match those you use to register for the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme.

For more details on the registration process, you can read our AstraZeneca 2.0 Registration Guide!

 

AstraZeneca 2.0 (Below 60) : Not Open On 25 May 2021!

It was announced earlier that the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme would be open to seniors age 60 years or older, and only open up to those below 60 years after 26 May 2021.

However, people started sharing news that the government was opening up the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme to younger people about 2 days earlier, because of poor demand.

It started with an Oriental Daily news report that claimed that National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, decided this morning to open up the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme earlier.

This was followed up by messages like this :

AstraZeneca Covid Vaccination program for people of KL, Selangor, Penang, Johor,Sarawak.

Dates: 25 May 6.00pm
Age : 18 and above
Link
http://vaksincovid.gov.my

Please get your team member, parents, relatives and people in your neighbourhood registered.

Let this be part of your service to control the spread of the virus.
Registration starts at 6.00pm tomorrow

And even this very convincing graphic (on the left) really looks like the real thing. Compare it to the real one that JKJAV just released (on the right).

JKJAV was asked about this, and indirectly labelled this as fake news, saying that currently the AstraZeneca 2.0 programme is only open for senior citizens age 60 years and above.

If you need more convincing, take a look at the font of the viral graphic above. As you can see, the font is slightly different for the fake graphic.

In particular, the font for the number 60 is different. And the creator added the word “old”.

 

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Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

A potential problem COVID-19 vaccination is getting an underdose. Basically, less vaccine than what we are supposed to get.

Find out what vaccine underdose is all about, and how to avoid it!

 

Vaccine Underdose : What Is It?

A vaccine underdose is what happens when you receive less than the recommended dose of a vaccine.

This can happen by accident, or intentionally, but the end result is the same – you may end up with insufficient vaccine, or none at all.

Recently, two people reported that they received an underdose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Anoogrehan Manoharan noticed it when he looked back at a video he took.

In his case, it seems pretty obvious that he received a vaccine underdose. He received a second vaccination – the full recommended dose four days later.

 

Vaccine Underdose : How Could It Happen?

There is always the possibility of intentional underdose by someone who is secretly anti-vaccination.

But accidental vaccine underdose can happen, especially in high-volume vaccinations.

Injection Volume Mix-Up

Different COVID-19 vaccines may have different injection volumes, as the table below shows.

This error can happen in vaccination centres that have more than one COVID-19 vaccine at hand

Of course, this obviously did not happen at the AstraZeneca vaccination centre, because they only deal exclusively with the Vaxzevria vaccine.

Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

Preparation Error

Some COVID-19 vaccines – like the Pfizer vaccine – must be mixed with saline and then drawn out into syringes for administration.

It has happened before that the vial was mistakenly filled with saline TWICE, leading to highly diluted doses.

This can happen if one staff member pre-fills the vials with saline, but is called away; and another staff member continues but does not realise that the vials have already been filled with saline.

Accidental Wastage

The nurse or doctor may have accidentally depressed the plunger while handling the syringe, without realising it.

This could happen while switching needles, or just before injecting it into the vaccine recipient.

They are supposed to check before injecting the vaccine, but mistakes can happen, especially if they are tired or overworked.

Low Dead Volume Syringe

To extract the maximum number of doses per vial, healthcare workers are using special low dead-volume (LDV) syringes.

These LDV syringes have longer plunger heads (the black rubber part). What we may think is just 0.3 ml is, in reality, 0.5 ml on an LDV syringe.

This may mislead people into thinking that they received less than the actual dose of the vaccine.

 

Vaccine Underdose : How To Prevent It?

There are a few ways to prevent vaccine underdose.

  1. Use only one vaccine at each vaccination centre.
  2. If a vaccination centre should offer multiple vaccine options, then vaccination teams should be exclusively trained with one vaccine and not switch between vaccines.
  3. Vaccine doses should ideally be pre-filled and labelled (with date, time of preparation and recommended volume) and shown to the vaccine recipient before administration.
  4. Vaccine recipients should ask to see the syringe, and double-check the volume and preparation date, before receiving the vaccination.

  1. Vaccine recipients should also ask to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After the vaccine dose is injected into the recipient, the empty syringe should be shown to the vaccine recipient.
  3. If manpower permits, a third person – nurse or compliance officer – should be present to witness and help double-check the vaccine dose in each syringe, as well as the vaccination process.

 

Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Do?

If you believe you received an underdose of your COVID-19 vaccine, you should reach out to the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine.

Ideally, you should be vaccinated again with the correct dose; or a “top-up dose”, if they are able to determine the shortfall.

Here in Malaysia, you can reach out to the ProtectHealth Corporation – a private entity created by Malaysia Health Ministry to manage the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • Telephone : 03-8687-2525 / 2588
  • Email : vaksincovid@protecthealth.com.my

 

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