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Andy Fletcher: Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

Let this be the final word on Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher – his cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Andy Fletcher – Cause Of Death Was COVID-19 Vaccine!

People have been claiming that Depeche Mode’s founding member and keyboardist, Andy Fletcher (Andrew Fletcher, also known as Fletch) died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

All the vaccinated boomer celebrities are dying in their sleep. Ray Liotta, 67, dies in his sleep yesterday. Andy Fletcher, Depeche Mode, 60, died in his sleep today.

They sold us a dirty bag of goods and now we will just go to sleep and not wake up? #Vaccines #Covid

#AndyFletcher #vaccineinjuries #VaccineSideEffects

vaccines kill Rip My Heart Is broken

He sadly died of ‘natural causes’. Is that the new code for vaccine induced death? #AndyFletcher

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Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

But we can now confirm that Andy Fletcher’s cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine!

On June 28, 2022, Depeche Mode announced that the official cause of death of their keyboardist Andy Fletcher was an aortic dissection.

A couple weeks ago we received the result from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family asked us to share with you now.

Andy suffered an aortic dissection while at home on May 26. So, even though it was far, far too soon, he passed naturally and without prolonged suffering.

There you have it – official confirmation, beyond doubt, that Andy Fletcher did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are other facts we know about Andy Fletcher last moments, and why his cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #1 : Andy Fletcher Died Of Natural Causes

On 26 May 2022 – the same day Ray Liotta died, Andy Fletcher suffered from an aortic dissection and died.

The circumstances behind his death was not revealed, but it was only said to be of “natural causes”, pending an official cause of death after an autopsy.

None of the official statements so far said that he died in his sleep, so claims that he is “yet another” healthy person to die in his/her sleep is not backed by any facts.

Fact #2 : Aortic Dissection Is Not Caused By Any Vaccine

The official cause of death of an aortic dissection – the tearing of the innermost layer of the aorta (largest artery in our body) – is one of the many natural causes of death.

An aortic dissection is more commonly seen in people with a history of high blood pressure, or those who have connective tissue disorders like Marfan syndrome or the Ehlers Danlos syndrome. It is also more common in people who have had heart surgery previously.

When an aortic dissection happens, the patient experiences a sudden onset of severe chest or back pain, with vomiting, sweating and he/she may even faint.

This is a medical emergency. If not treated quickly, it can lead to death from the compression of the heart (pericardial tamponade), or a complete rupture of the aorta.

Aortic dissection is certainly not caused by any vaccine, whether it is the COVID-19 vaccine or otherwise.

Credit : MSD Manuals

Fact #3 : Andy Fletcher’s Vaccination Status Is Unknown

Claims that Andy Fletcher died from the COVID-19 vaccine are not based on any evidence. In fact, we don’t actually know if Andy Fletcher was even vaccinated against COVID-19.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim – there is no vaccine mandate in the United Kingdom.

As of June 18, 2022, just under 75% of UK residents are vaccinated. That means approximately 1 in 4 people (25%) in the UK are partially vaccinated or completely unvaccinated.

Fact #4 : Andy Fletcher Lived In England, Not Canada

Many celebrity blogs, and anti-vaccination websites, claimed that Andy Fletcher was fully-vaccinated, with an Ontario vaccination card.

That’s absurd, because Andy Fletcher is a UK citizen living in England, not a Canadian citizen living in Ontario.

The truth is – they (intentionally?) confused Andrew Fletcher, the one and only Depeche Mode keyboardist residing in Brighton, East Sussex, England…. with Andrew Fletcher, a homeless man living in a Hamilton encampment in Ontario, Canada.

In this comparison I created, you can see how the two men are not even alike… other than the fact that they are both 60 year-old white males.

If they can mix these two men up, you have to wonder – what else did they get wrong?

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines were not only safe, they were effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Side Effects Generally Last Only A Few Days

COVID-19 vaccine side effects are generally mild, and last only a few days.

In rare cases, the recipient may suffer from blood clots (AstraZeneca) or myocarditis (Pfizer), but they develop within days of receiving the vaccine, not months later.

If Andy Fletcher received the COVID-19 vaccine, he would have received all his doses last year. It is quite impossible for his death to be related to any COVID-19 vaccine he may have received many months earlier.

Read more : Did Study Show Pfizer Vaccine Altering Liver DNA In 6 Hours?!

Fact #7 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity death…

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Did Sukma Athlete Stephanie Sim Die From Vaccine Stroke?!

Did 19 year-old Sukma athlete Stephanie Sim die from a stroke caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Stephanie Sim Died From Stroke Caused By COVID-19 Vaccine!

People are starting to claim that 19 year-old Sukma athlete Stephanie Sim Shu Ming died from a stroke caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Many are also sharing her news in anti-vaccination groups and websites, as “another example” of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) from the vaccines.

BAAM 💥endnu en, må af ‘ukendte årsager’ og helt ‘pludseligt’ forlade os blot 19 år gammel 😌

BAAM 💥another one, must for ‘unknown reasons’ and completely ‘suddenly’ leave us just 19 years old 😌

The Sarawak shooting community is saddened by the loss of Sukma shooter Stephanie Sim Shu Ming who passed away on Tuesday evening. Stephanie, 19, suffered #SuddenAdultDeathSyndrome #SuddenDeath

Rip… sudden deaths among young people r becoming common since mid of last year

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) ? #Vaccines

Read more : Did Ravens Linebacker Jaylon Ferguson Die From Vaccine?!

 

No Evidence Stephanie Sim Died From Stroke Caused By COVID Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why… and the current facts that we know so far.

Fact #1 : Stephanie Sim Died From A Stroke

19 year-old Stephanie Sim Shu Ming suffered a stroke on Thursday, June 16, 2022, and went into a coma.

She was hospitalised at the Sarawak General Hospital, where she passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022. She was buried at the Nirvana Memorial Park in Bau on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Sarawak State Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship Minister Abdul Karim Hamzah confirmed that Stephanie’s cause of death was a stroke.

Stephanie Sim did not die from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), also known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Fact #2 : There Are Thousands Of SADS Deaths Every Year

To be clear, Stephanie Sim died from a stroke, not Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

But I would like to point out that SADS was first documented in 1977, and occurs at a rate of 0.12 to 0.21 per 100,000 people every single year.

In other words, approximately 9,000 to 16,000 people die from SADS every single year, before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may tell you – SADS is not a new vaccine-related syndrome.

Fact #3 : Stephanie Was Healthy + Well Earlier

There is no evidence that Stephanie was suffering from any vaccine adverse effects like myocarditis or VITT.

There would have been very noticeable symptoms like breathing difficulties, chest pain, bleeding tendencies, etc. and she wouldn’t be able to train properly.

Yet she trained with the Sarawak Sukma shooting squad just days ago – on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #4 : Her Vaccination Status Is Unknown

It is unknown if Stephanie Sim was vaccinated against COVID-19. She did not publicly mention her vaccination status, and neither did her family.

Despite the high adult vaccination rate of some 84%, COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory in Malaysia. A significant number of people in Malaysia remain unvaccinated.

While it is very likely she was vaccinated, we simply do not know if she received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #5 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

If Stephanie Sim was vaccinated against COVID-19, she would have received her vaccine doses last year – at least half a year ago.

She cannot possibly be suffering from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

Fact #6 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up sudden, unknown deaths to the vaccine, death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Read more : Did Thai Student Die From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines?!

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Infections Cause Myocarditis + Blood Clots Too!

What anti-vaccination activists won’t tell you is that COVID-19 infections also cause myocarditis and blood clots in the cerebral vein too.

They also won’t tell you that the risk of developing cerebral vein blood clots is 170X higher with a COVID-19 infection, than it is with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Cerebral Vein
Thrombosis Risk
Per Million
People
Difference
Patient with COVID-19 207 +8,525%
AstraZeneca Vaccine 3.6 +50%
Normal Population 2.4 Baseline

They also won’t tell you that the risk of developing myocarditis is hundreds of times higher with a COVID-19 infection, than with three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 Infection 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #9 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity death…

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Did Indian Singer KK Die From Vaccine Heart Attack?!

Did famous Indian singer KK die from a heart attack caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Indian Singer KK Died From Vaccine Heart Attack!

Within hours of news breaking that famous Indian playback singer KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath) died after performing at a concert, people started claiming that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Krishnakumar Kunnath cause of death: Bollywood singer dies in Kolkata after ‘feeling unwell’
And another one down, another Vaccine Death. Number 58 so far. Unexpected and Sudden Deaths.
NOT Normal like the MSM and Govt are saying. Wake up.

I’m not that knowledgeable of #Bollywood or #Indian #singers,but #KK is another victim of this increasing number of sudden deaths-particularly of people in their early 50s. Was KK’s death related to #COVID19 #vaccines? #COVID19Vaccine #VaccineSideEffects.
JUST IN: Indian singer KK dies, was performing on stage in Kolkata, India. Vaccines continue to kill people.

#kk, #PuneethRajkumar, #siddharthshukla, #amitmistry, #RajKaushal and so many other young men..collapsing randomly.. plus the 1000's of athletes who've died of cardiac arrest in the last 2 years. Blame everything including #Putin. #vaccine?
No,it must be that nasty #climatechange

Wake up friends. Say NO to this forced Covid jabs!

Be extra careful about its side effects. See how vaccines are killing innocents

Death of #KK is such devastating news guys. How long before people understand that its nothing just a weapon and WHO is part of it buddies!

 

No Evidence KK Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It's becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

So it's no surprise that they would immediately claim that KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath) died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are the reasons why these claims are FAKE NEWS...

Fact #1 : KK Died Hours After Performing At Concert

On 31 May 2022, KK performed at a concert at the Nazrul Mancha auditorium, in South Kolkata, India.

After the show, he complained of feeling extremely cold, and returned to this hotel, where he was mobbed by fans who asked to take photos.

After obliging some of them, he refused the others and headed upstairs, where he reportedly stumbled and fell to the floor.

Attempts were made to revive him, but when they failed, he was rushed to the hospital, but the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

Fact #2 : Concert Was Overcrowded

KK was reportedly sweating profusely during the concert, although it is unknown if he was unwell at the time.

Many concertgoers complained that the air-conditioning was not working, and the heat was oppressive and there was a lack of ventilation.

This was likely due to overcrowding at the auditorium, which was confirmed by staff at the Nazrul Manch auditorium where KK last performed :

Our seat capacity was 2,482 but the crowd was more than double the capacity. The crowd broke the gate.

Fact #3 : KK's Cause Of Death Was Cardiac Arrest

At this moment, there is no official cause of death. However, the preliminary findings of his post-mortem indicated that he died from a heart attack.

The Kolkata Police registered a case of unnatural death to investigate the cause of his death, and understand the circumstances that led to his demise.

We have started an investigation into singer KK’s death and a case of unnatural death has been registered with the New Market Police Station. We are talking to the hotel authorities and scrutinising CCTV footage to understand what had happened before he was taken to the hospital.

Doctors at the Kolkata hospital where KK was taken to, said that they suspected "cardiac arrest" was the cause of his death.

However, a post mortem examination was conducted to ascertain his exact cause of death, and the final report will be available after 72 hours.

The autopsy report will throw light on the exact cause of death. We are waiting for it.

At no point in time or circumstance did any doctor, police officer or any member of KK's team or family suggest that his death was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

The police have also said that there as no foul play behind KK's death, and told the news agency PTI that the initial report shows that he died from a heart attack (myocardial infarction).

The initial report suggested that the singer died because of myocardial infarction. There was no foul play behind his death. Clinical examination also found that the singer was having prolonged cardiac issues.

The doctor who performed the autopsy also told PTI that he appeared to have a long-standing heart disease :

The vocalist had 80 per cent blockage in the left main coronary artery and small blockages in various other arteries and sub-arteries. None of the blockades was 100 per cent…During Tuesday’s performance, the singer was walking around and at times dancing with the crowd which created excessive excitement that caused a stoppage of blood flow leading to cardiac arrest.

Fact #4 : KK's Vaccination Status Is Unknown

Currently, it is unknown if KK was vaccinated or not, against COVID-19. There is no COVID-19 vaccination mandate in India.

That said, India has a high vaccination rate with 81% of the eligible population fully-vaccinated, as of 25 May 2022.

So it is highly likely that KK was vaccinated, but we do not know that for sure.

Fact #5 : Most Indians Received Covishield

The vast majority (over 80%) of Indian citizens received the Covishield vaccine, which is a locally-produced AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

If KK was vaccinated, it is highly likely he received the Covishield / AstraZeneca vaccine. But again - this has yet to be confirmed.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Heart Attack

Irrespective of which COVID-19 vaccine he received, it is important to note that no COVID-19 vaccine causes heart attacks.

The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines cause cause myocarditis / pericarditis, but they are generally mild in nature and affect adolescents and young adults.

KK was 53 years old when he died. Even if took the mRNA vaccines, they would have posed no risk at his 50+ age group.

Age Group Male Rate
(per million doses)
Baseline
(per million doses)
12-17 32.4 2.0
18-24 30.7 1.8
25-29 12.2 1.9
30-39 6.9 1.9
40-49 3.5 1.9
50-64 1.9 1.9
65+ 0.61 1.05

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Heart Attacks

It is also important to point out that COVID-19 vaccines are only designed to help our body fight off severe disease, and prevent death from COVID-19.

They will not prevent other causes of death, like heart attacks or cancer or stroke.

Fact #8 : VITT Risk Low For Males In 50+ Age Group

In rare cases, Covishield / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can cause a special type of side effect cause Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT), also known as Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS).

People affected by VITT or TTS will develop blood clots in the large veins of the brain / abdomen / lungs, together with low platelet counts.

This unique and rare side effect is seen mostly in women younger than 50 years old, and is exceedingly rare in males older than 50 years old - like KK.

Fact #9 : VITT Has Different Symptoms Than Heart Attack

VITT / TTS also presents with different symptoms than a heart attack, like a severe headache, blurred vision, speech difficulties, drowsiness, seizures, nausea and vomiting, leg pain, easy bleeding, etc.

From what has been reported on KK during and after his concert, up to the point he collapsed in his hotel, it does not appear that he was suffering from VITT / TTS.

In any case, KK's autopsy will be able to definitely confirm if he had VITT / TTS, or a heart attack.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?
Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

Fact #10 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true - the vaccines were not only safe, they were effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #11 : Vaccine Side Effects Generally Last Only A Few Days

COVID-19 vaccine side effects are generally mild, and last only a few days.

In rare cases, the recipient may suffer from blood clots (AstraZeneca) or myocarditis (Pfizer), but they develop within days of receiving the vaccine, not months later.

If KK received the COVID-19 vaccine, he would have received all his doses last year. It is quite impossible for KK's death to be related to any COVID-19 vaccine he may have received many months earlier.

Read more : Did MIT Study Prove Pfizer Vaccine Raised Heart Problems?!

Fact #12 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity death...

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS by sharing this fact check article out, and please support our work!

And please protect yourself, and your family, by vaccinating against COVID-19!

 

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Did Italian Court Rule Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional?!

Did an Italian court rule that vaccine mandates are unconstitutional because fatal side effects are too risky?!

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

 

Claim : Italian Court Ruled Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional!

People are sharing articles from websites like News Punch, claiming that an Italian court just ruled vaccine mandates as unconstitutional, because their fatal side effects are too risky!

The article includes a transcript from a RAIR Foundation USA video. It is rather long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

Italian Court Rules Vaccine Mandates Unconstitutional: ‘Fatal Side Effects Too Risky’

An Italian court has ruled that Italy’s mandatory Covid vaccination program is ‘unconstitutional’ due to the “serious or fatal adverse effects” posed by the experimental jabs.

Sicily’s Court of Administrative Justice stated that any death due to the jab is enough to render the mandate completely illegal in Italy.

 

Truth : Italian Court Did NOT Rule Vaccine Mandate As Unconstitutional!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that anti-vaccination activists are concocting to mislead people about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Italy Only Has A Limited Vaccine Mandate

First, I need to point out that Italy only has a limited vaccine mandate.

Since 15 October 2021, it has been mandatory for workers in both private and public sectors, who are 50 years and older, to present a valid COVID pass.

This does not affect younger employees, and is not exactly a vaccine mandate, because the COVID pass only requires :

  • at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, OR
  • proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the previous 48 hours, OR
  • proof of having recently recovered from COVID-19.

Technically, you can refuse to get the vaccine and receive the COVID pass, as long as you keep testing negative for COVID-19.

Read more : EU Digital COVID Certificate – A Comedy Of Errors!

Fact #2 : Italian Court Did Not Rule Vaccine Mandate Unconstitutional

If you translate the court judgement to English, you will quickly realise that the Italian court did not rule the vaccine mandate as unconstitutional.

In fact, the court document clearly states that the judge suspended the trial, and sent the documents to the Italian Constitutional Court for their decision instead.

Fact #3 : Italian Court Did Not Call Vaccine Side Effects Too Risky

The Italian court certainly did not claim that the “fatal side effects” of the vaccine are “too risky”.

In fact, the court document pointed out that “undoubtedly, most of the side effects, listed in the database, show modest and transient symptoms”.

Fact #4 : Court Photo Was From 2013

The picture that is often used to convey the “importance” of this court finding was misappropriate, and does not show the Administrative Justice Court for Sicily.

That is a local court for Sicily, which has a single judge. The presiding judge for this case was Maria Abbruzzese.

The photo was actually taken in Rome, on 1 August 2013, and shows Chief Justice Antonio Esposito of the Italian Supreme Court reading the verdict of the Mediaset trial involving former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Fact #5 : Correlation Is Not Causation

I also have to point out that correlation does not imply causation. In other words, just because something after vaccination, it does not mean it was caused by the vaccine.

For example, if you get pregnant after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, does it mean that the vaccine made you pregnant? Of course, not.

There is also the fact that many events can result in the same “side effect”.

For example, the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are known to cause anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) in rare cases. However, anaphylactic reactions can also occur due to a peanut allergy or a bee sting.

That is why every reported case must be examined to determine if it is actually related to the vaccine.

Fact #6 : EudraVigilance Data Have Yet To Be Verified 

The EudraVigilance system is not an open system like VAERS, or the UK Yellow Card system, which makes it less susceptible to abuse.

However, EudraVigilance data and reports cannot be considered “evidence” of side effects of any particular drug or vaccine, because :

  • they may contain duplicated information and/or reports
  • the reported event may be caused by an illness, like a COVID-19 infection for example,
  • the reported event may be caused by a different drug taken by the patient at the same time
  • they have not been assessed by the EMA to ascertain if it’s even “biologically plausible”

In fact, the EudraVigilance website specifically warns against using their data as “evidence” of a drug / vaccine’s side effects :

The information on this website relates to suspected side effects , i.e. medical events that have been observed following the use of a medicine, but which are not necessarily related to or caused by the medicine.

Information on suspected side effects should not be interpreted as meaning that the medicine or the active substance causes the observed effect or is unsafe to use. Only a detailed evaluation and scientific assessment of all available data allows for robust conclusions to be drawn on the benefits and risks of a medicine.

They even created a dedicated page on COVID-19 vaccines to warn against using their data to draw any conclusions about a vaccine’s side effects.

Fact #7 : Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

Irrespective of what’s argued in any court, the approved COVID-19 vaccines have all been proven safe and effective.

Not only did they undergo and passed very large clinical trials, almost 12 billion doses have been administered worldwide in the past 1.5 years.

Despite scaremongering by anti-vaccination activists, ongoing pharmacovigilance monitoring show that they are safe and effective for the vast majority of people who received them.

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Infections Are Far Riskier Than Vaccines

In addition to the aforementioned anaphylaxis risk, pharmacovigilance surveillance picked up rare severe side effects like VITT, myocarditis and pericarditis.

But what anti-vaccination activists don’t tell you is that COVID-19 infections cause similar side effects, but at much higher rates.

Take myocarditis for example. Anti-vaccination activists love to tell us how they put our children’s lives at risk. But they conveniently leave out the fact that your child is hundreds of times more likely to develop myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection than from three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine!

Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk is less than 1 in million!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

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ICJ To Judge Malaysia Over COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Cases?!

Is the International Court of Justice (ICJ) going to judge Malaysia over side effects caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

 

Claim : ICJ To Judge Malaysia Over COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Cases!

People are sharing a video and a message on WhatsApp, claiming that the International Court of Justice – ICJ – will soon judge Malaysia over side effects caused by the COVID-19 vaccine!

They also claim that both the Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, and the Director-General of Health, Noor Hisham Abdullah, could stand before the ICJ and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against the people.

The post is very long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

[Khairy and Noor Hisham will face the International Court of Justice]

Malaysia will be the first country in the offce world to immediately refer AEFI cases or deaths due to Covid-19 vaccines to civil, criminal and judicial courts…

 

Truth : ICJ Is NOT Going To Judge Malaysia Over Vaccine Injury Cases!

This is yet another example of misinformation created by anti-vaccination activists to mislead you into thinking that the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

Even though I’m no lawyer, these facts will show you why this is nothing more than just theatrics…

Fact #1 : ICJ Only Accepts Cases From Countries

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations based in The Hague, Netherlands.

Its role is to settle legal disputes between States (countries), and to give advisory opinions on legal questions by authorised UN organs and agencies.

The ICJ only entertains legal disputes submitted by States (countries). It does not entertain legal disputes brought forward by any individual or corporation.

So it is most peculiar for any individual to claim that they filed any case with the ICJ…

Fact #2 : PCA Only Accepts Cases From Countries

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is a non-UN intergovernmental organisation, also located in The Hague, Netherlands.

Tribunals under the PCA only have jurisdiction for disputes that are based on the PCA founding documents (the Conventions on Pacific Settlement of International Disputes), or based on bilateral and multilateral treaties.

More importantly, the PCA only arbitrates between member countries, and does not accept cases from individuals or companies.

So it is peculiar for any individual to claim that they intend to file, or have already filed, a case with the PCA.

Fact #3 : Malaysia Is Not An ICC Member

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an intergovernmental organisation and tribunal, also based in The Hague, Netherlands.

It only has jurisdiction in States (countries) that have signed and ratified the Rome Statute. While Malaysia signed the Rome Statute in March 2019, it has not ratified it and is therefore not yet a member of the ICC.

The ICC therefore does not have jurisdiction over Malaysia, and filing any complaint with the ICC over any matter regarding Malaysia would be pointless.

Fact #4 : There Is No Arbitration Court Of Malaysia

If you look at the letter that the lawyer, Mohamad Zainuddin, held up as evidence of the court case, it actually refers to an Arbitration Court of Malaysia.

IN ARBITRATION COURT OF MALAYSIA
KUALA LUMPUR

As far as I can tell – there is no such Arbitration Court of Malaysia. The leading arbitration institution in Malaysia is the Asia International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).

I could be wrong of course, so if you do know of such an arbitration court in Malaysia, do let me know.

Fact #5 : The Letter Appears To Refer To A Civil Claim

Again, I’m no lawyer, but the letter he held appears to be referring to a civil claim for damages.

ADJUDICATION MATTER NO:L-10-011-2022

SPECIAL TRIBUNAL OF ADJUDICATION
COVID-19 EXPERIMENTAL-PREMATURE VACCINE

[Order 15 Rule 1, 4, 12 of the Rules of High Court 2012 [Class Action] [The Application by Claimants for Special Tribunal of Adjudication for Civil Liability and Special Damages including Exemplary Compensation against twenty [20] Respondents in this action being fully responsible in executing the Covid-19 Experimental-premature Vaccine]

The letter does not refer to the ICC, the PCA or even the ICJ. Neither does it mention any charges of crimes against humanity.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are No Longer Experimental

The letter refers to the COVID-19 vaccine as “experimental-premature”, which is false.

The COVID-19 vaccines are only experimental whilst they are under development, or undergoing clinical trials.

They are no longer experimental once they successfully clear their clinical trials, and receive either an emergency use authorisation or full approval from a health authority like the US FDA or EMA.

Phase 3 trials, incidentally, ended in 2020 for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, and they both received their EUA in December 2020.

I should also point out that the Pfizer vaccine received its full FDA approval on 23 August 2021, while the AstraZeneca vaccine received its full EU approval on 29 January 2021.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) also renewed the authorisation for these vaccines :

  • Moderna Spikevax : 4 October 2021
  • Pfizer COMIRNATY : 3 November 2021
  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen : 3 January 2022

None of those COVID-19 vaccines are experimental. They have all passed their clinical tests, and have been approved. You should also know that no experimental vaccine can be administered to the public.

Read more : What’s The Difference Between EUA vs Full FDA Approval?

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe

The COVID-19 vaccines were proven safe and effective in the massive Phase 2/3 trials that involved hundreds of thousands of volunteers.

These COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials are much larger than the usual clinical trials for new drugs or vaccines.

On top of that, they continue to undergo post-marketing surveillance, to catch very rare side effects like myocarditis (risk of less than 1 in million).

With so much clinical data, there is no way anyone can say that the vaccines are dangerous, or experimental.

Read more : What’s The Difference Between Full FDA Approval vs. EUA?
Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

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Booster Deadline For Seniors + Sinovac Extended… Again!

The deadline for ALL senior citizens and Sinovac vaccine recipients to receive a booster dose in Malaysia has been extended… AGAIN!

 

Booster Deadline For Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended Again!

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose by 28 February 2022.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

On 24 February 2022, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the deadline has been extended, and both groups will have until the 31 March 2022 to get their booster dose.

On 1 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) extended the deadline again, this time by three (3) months.

This means individuals in both groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status only on 1 July 2022, .

To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.

 

KKM Still Offers Sinovac Booster Dose

On 7 February, the Health Minister also shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.

To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is now offering Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.

KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.

They are only offering the Sinovac booster dose, because it is better than not taking one at all. As Khairy quipped, “If you are going to travel to a cold country and refuse the coat that KKM offers, it’s better that we give you a t-shirt than let you go naked“.

That’s quite an apt description, as recent studies (here, here and here) have shown that the Sinovac booster dose is about as useful as a t-shirt in winter.

That said, Khairy also said that there are currently no plans for a 4th shot for Sinovac recipients.

Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

That is why I completely agree with KKM, and highly recommend that Sinovac recipients opt for the much better Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

If you prefer a Chinese vaccine for work or geopolitical reasons, then opt for the Sinopharm vaccine, which is at least slightly better than the Sinovac vaccine.

But no matter what you choose – please get the booster dose ASAP.

You can walk-in for your booster dose at any Mega PPV or Offsite PPV, or get an appointment at a GP PPV. So it’s really convenient.

Read more : Walk-In Booster Dose Available At All PPVs Across Malaysia!

 

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Alert : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

Please note that your COVID-19 vaccination status in Malaysia will change on 1 April 2022, depending on the vaccine and number of doses you received.

Take a look at the finalised schedule of COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will take effect very soon!

 

Vaccination Status Changes For Seniors, Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients

On 24 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose by 31 March 2022.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

That was extended on 24 March 2022, to include individuals 18 years and older who were fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine as well.

Starting 1 April 2022, individuals in all three groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status.

To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health also announced changes to the COVID-19 vaccination status, adding a new Booster status.

From 1 April 2022 onwards, there will be four possible vaccination status in MySejahtera (from best to worst) :

  • Boosted
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Partially Vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated

Please note that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is offering four different booster doses for FREE.

They are also allowing you to walk-into the nearest PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) for your booster dose.

So take this opportunity to get a boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia, as of 21 March 2022!

 

Malaysia Ramping Up COVID-19 Booster Dose Program!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, KKM announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

On 21 March 2022, KKM added the CanSino booster dose to the PICK vaccination programme, and updated its booster dose recommendations.

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

Here is our summary of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy!

Why Should We Get It?

It is recommended that you get the booster dose to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the Delta variant, and the new Omicron variant.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta and Omicron variants are partially-resistant to the vaccines, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, protection from COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so a booster dose is necessary to restore protection.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!
Read more : Why The Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Pfizer booster dose on 8 October 2021.

Only on 17 November 2021 did they also approve the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster doses.

Then on 6 January 2022, they approved the CanSino vaccine as a booster dose.

How Soon Can You Get The Booster Dose?

You can now get your booster dose as early as THREE (3) months after completing your primary series for most vaccines, or TWO (2) months for the Janssen vaccine.

Here is a table I created to summarise the booster options and when you can get one :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / CanSino / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

If you must have a Chinese vaccine, then consider the CanSino booster shot, which is superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Note : CITF-B originally allowed a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca or CanSino booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot, because it is superior to the CanSino booster shot.

Opt for the CanSino booster shot, if you must have a Chinese vaccine.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Who Can Receive It?

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 booster doses will be available to all individuals 18 years and above.

However, the appointments will be prioritised using the age step down approach, with priority for frontliners, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant mothers, and those who have to travel overseas.

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is NOT mandatory.

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

Yes, for certain vulnerable groups.

On 16 December 2021, the Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that these individuals MUST receive a booster shot by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 7 February 2022, this was extended to end of March 2022.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of March 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Booster Deadline for Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended!

Is It A Good Idea To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines?

Yes, studies have shown that it is not only safe to mix COVID-19 vaccines, such heterologous vaccinations will greatly increase your protection against the coronavirus.

Many countries are now giving heterologous booster shots, and the JKJAV expert committee has also recommended to proceed with heterologous vaccinations.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, also received a Pfizer heterologous booster shot :

Do We Need To Pay?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

You do NOT need to apply for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Once you are eligible, you will be given an appointment notification in MySejahtera to go to a GP / government clinic or hospital for your booster dose.

If you do not have MySejahtera, you will be informed by SMS. So please keep an eye out for your appointment!

You can also put yourself on the COVID-19 vaccine standby list at nearby clinics.

Read more : How To Register For The COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List?

 

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You Can Soon Get CanSino Booster Dose For FREE!

You can soon get the CanSino booster dose for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme!

Here is what you need to know…

 

You Can Soon Get CanSino Booster Dose For FREE!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) conditionally approved the CanSino Convidecia vaccine as a booster dose on 6 January 2022.

This conditional approval allows the CanSino Convidecia booster dose to be given to individuals 18 years and older, after 3 to 6 months from getting the single-dose vaccine.

On 21 March 2022, KKM announced that they will make the CanSino booster dose available for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme.

It will mainly be used as a booster dose for existing Chinese vaccines.

You will be able to apply for the CanSino booster dose in MySejahtera shortly.

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

 

CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : A Quick Primer

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine works similarly to other viral vector vaccines, like the AstraZeneca AZD1222 and Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccines.

It uses a modified Ad5 virus containing the DNA instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike, which are then created by your own cells and presented on their surfaces.

These “foreign” protein spikes triggers the body’s immune system, which then makes antigens to target these spikes.

The Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so its booster dose is its “second” dose. It works by triggering the immune system a second time, greatly boosting the amount of antibodies.

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

 

CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : Should You Get It?

The Sinovac primary dose vaccine had a 65.7% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19, so its booster dose will certainly be superior to the Sinovac booster dose (50.4% efficacy).

It is likely that KKM is offering the CanSino booster dose as a superior alternative to the Sinovac booster dose, to those who must absolutely receive only a Chinese vaccine.

That said, its efficacy is not as good as the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine. That is why KKM is still recommending the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

If you want the best possible booster dose, get the Pfizer vaccine. Alternatively, get the AstraZeneca vaccine if you have an allergic reaction or strong side effects from an earlier Pfizer vaccination.

But opt for the CanSino booster dose, if you need a Chinese vaccine for easier travel to China. It is certainly a superior vaccine to the other option – Sinovac.

Hopefully, the introduction of the CanSino booster dose will see the Sinovac vaccine phased out for good.

 

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How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

Find out how to walk-in for your free Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV nationwide!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Free Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.

To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) will offer Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.

KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.

Read more : ALL Seniors + Sinovac Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

 

How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

On 12 February 2022, ProtectHealth Corporation announced that they will make the Sinovac booster dose available for FREE at all Offsite PPVs under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Starting Monday, 14 February 2022, you can walk-in for your Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV in Malaysia.

You can look for the nearest Offsite PPV using the ProtectHealth Vaccination Centre search feature.

All individuals who walk-in for the booster dose must ensure that they have a proper digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera before going to the PPV.

Those who do not have a digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate because they do not have a smartphone, can bring their physical vaccination card to the PPV.

Here is the official checklist of what you need to do BEFORE going to get your COVID-19 booster dose at the PPV :

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Eat breakfast or lunch before going to the PPV
  3. Be in good health, with no symptoms
  4. Wear suitable and comfortable clothes
  5. Wear a face mask
  6. Bring your identity card / document (e.g. passport)
  7. Bring your vaccination card as proof of completed primary vaccination, if you don’t have MySejahtera
  8. Make sure you are not required to be under quarantine!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

Now that KKM is offering the Sinovac vaccine booster dose for free, should you get it? That very much depends on a number of factors.

Read more :

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

If you are allergic to the Pfizer vaccine, then you definitely cannot receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will have to get a booster dose of other vaccine types – viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca or Sputnik V, or inactivated virus vaccines like Sinovac or Sinopharm.

But with so many better vaccine options available out there, Sinovac CoronaVac should be your last choice, not your first.

Are There Better Options?

If you are given the option to switch to Pfizer or AstraZeneca, you should definitely opt for either one over the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Of all the WHO approved vaccines, Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, offering just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

And that was before it was tested against the Delta or Omicron variants. Studies have shown that two doses of Sinovac offered less protection against Delta, and no protection against Omicron.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate
Pfizer Sinovac
Alpha 100% 100%
Beta 100% 0%
Delta 100% 68%
Omicron 20% – 24% 0%

Must You Get A Chinese Vaccine?

The popularity of Chinese vaccines is partly due to Chinese propaganda, and partly because China offers travel advantages for people vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

People who need to travel to China are still FORCED to pay for Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccines to avoid additional PCR tests.

So here is my advice. If you have to travel to China, opt for the Sinopharm vaccine. It is not only cheaper than Sinovac, it is a far better COVID-19 vaccine!

Vaccine Ancestral Delta Variant Omicron Variant
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Sinopharm COVILO 68% 73% 67% 71% 35% 53%
Sinovac CoronaVac 47% 50% 46% 49% 24% 37%

 

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Why Denmark Is First EU Country To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

Denmark is the first EU country to lift all COVID-19 restrictions, fully opening up despite a massive surge in cases.

Find out why they are able to do that… again.

 

Denmark Is First EU Country To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

On Tuesday, 1 February 2022, Denmark became the first country in the European Union to lift all COVID-19 restrictions… again.

  • Wearing of face masks is no longer mandatory on public transport, shops and standing clients in restaurant indoor areas.
  • Face masks will only be recommended in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and nursing homes.
  • The COVID-19 digital pass is no longer required to enter nightclubs, cafes, party buses, and to be seated indoors in restaurants, unless required by individual event organisers.
  • There will no longer be limits on the number of people allowed in indoor gatherings.
  • Social distancing measures will no longer be required.

The Danish government no longer considers COVID-19 to be a “socially critical sickness“, even as the country experienced a massive surge in cases.

There is one notable exception though – unvaccinated travellers, or those who were not previously infected between 11 and 180 days ago, must undergo a COVID-19 test before being allowed to enter Denmark.

Read more : Did 10 countries cancel all COVID-19 tests and vaccinations?

 

Why Denmark Is Able To Lift All COVID-19 Laws!

Some antivaxxers are already touting the move by Denmark as evidence that COVID-19 is not serious. After all, they will point out – Denmark currently has the second-highest infection rate in the world.

That’s an intentionally misleading, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Denmark Has Very High Vaccination Rates

Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said that “widespread vaccination and boosters have helped the country open up again“, and it shows :

  • Over 81% of people 5 years and older have been fully-vaccinated.
  • Over 61% of people 12 years and older received their booster dose

Jens Lundgren, a professor of viral diseases at the Copenhagen University Hospital said, “We have been very successful in our national vaccine programme throughout 2021, a lot of people have received two vaccination shots, and a lot have received three doses as well, and many of those doses were provided in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fact #2 : Denmark Has Very Low ICU + Death Rates

Thanks to the high levels of vaccinations, Denmark has experienced very low levels of ICU usage and mortality rates.

Even though they are experiencing a massive surge in new COVID-19 cases, the number of people in ICUs have fallen to only 32.

Even people dying today is far lower than the peak in December 2020, when Denmark experienced far fewer COVID-19 cases.

Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said, “the number of hospitalizations and patients in intensive care is decreasing every day, thanks to vaccination“.

Søren Brostrøm, director-general of Denmark’s Health Authority concurred, “At the same time as infections are skyrocketing, patients admitted to intensive care actually going down. It’s around 30 people in ICU beds right now with a COVID-19 diagnosis, out of a population of 6 million.

Fact #3 : Denmark May Reimpose Restrictions

The Danish authorities held out the possibility that COVID-19 restrictions may return, as it is too early to know whether there will be a new variant that needs to be addressed.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told Danish radio, “I dare not say that it is a final goodbye to restrictions. We do not know what will happen in the fall, whether there will be a new variant.

Denmark had actually lifted all COVID-19 restrictions in September 2021, but reimposed them in the first of a third wave of infections.

So it will not be surprising if they do reimpose COVID-19 restrictions should a new virulent COVID-19 variant start spreading.

Fact #4 : Denmark May Introduce A Fourth Dose

Despite the elation over the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the government has warned that Denmark could see a rise in infections in the coming weeks.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke called on Danes to get tested regularly, so that the country could “react quickly if necessary”.

In addition to the reinstatement of COVID-19 restrictions, the Danish government may introduce a fourth vaccine dose.

I should also point out that Denmark almost exclusively uses mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. They stopped using AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines, citing the risk of rare blood clots.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots – What To Look For?

We can all enjoy the same privilege as the Danes, by adopting the same common sense approach they have.

Help us reach the same goal, by vaccinating yourself and your family against COVID-19!

 

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Did Malaysia Health DG Admit Vaccines Cause Myocarditis?

Did the Malaysia DG of Health confirm that COVID-19 vaccine recipients are getting myocarditis?

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

 

Did Malaysia Health DG Hisham Admit Risk Of Vaccine Myocarditis?

A Malaysian website called Samudera has been promoting their article on WhatsApp and Telegram, which warns readers that Malaysia DG of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, admitted that vaccine recipients are getting myocarditis.

This was the message they sent out on Telegram and WhatsApp (with our English translation in italics) :

Confirmed!! DG Hisham Sahkan Kes Radang Jantung Pada Penerima Vaksin

Confirmed!! DG Hisham Confirms Myocarditis In Vaccine Recipients

56% kes Radang Jantung dari penerima Pfizer!!

56% of myocarditis cases from Pfizer recipients!!

Lepas tu KJ nak suruh kita ambil & suntik anak2 kita pula??

And KJ (Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin) asked us to get the vaccine, and inject our kids too?

Anak dia bila nak suntik??

When will he inject his own children??

The message includes links to their article, and Telegram channel, both of which I removed because they are misleading.

For context, here is my English translation of what Samudera wrote in their article :

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that 56% of myocarditis detected was related to the Pfizer vaccine, 36% related to Sinovac and 8% related to AstraZeneca.

According to him, at least 25 cases of myocarditis was detected within 3 weeks of receiving the COVID-19 vaccinations.

This admission by the Director-General of Health himself indirectly increases the concerns of some Malaysians towards vaccines, especially those using the mRNA technology.

In addition to warnings by American health authorities, the WHO also reported on the potential relationship between mRNA vaccines and myocarditis.

 

Truth : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk In Malaysia Less Than 1 In Million!

Samudera intentionally twisted Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah’s words, to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

That’s misleading and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

The results that Samudera quoted is correct, but appears to be intentionally stripped of context.

Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah was speaking about the new SAFECOVAC study, which looked at the risk of myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

It is true that 25 myocarditis events were observed within 21 days of COVID-19 vaccination, but that was after 33 million doses were administered in Malaysia!

In other words, the vaccine myocarditis risk in Malaysia was less than 1 in a million doses!

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Fact #2 : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Only Slightly Higher With mRNA Vaccines

Samudera curiously ignored the incidence data, and only tells their readers that 56% of vaccine myocarditis cases in Malaysia are related to the Pfizer vaccine.

That’s the wrong way to look at the risk, because it automatically goes up the more you use a particular vaccine, and a majority of vaccine recipients received the Pfizer vaccine.

The correct way is to look at the incidence rate per million doses, which shows that the vaccine myocarditis risk of the Pfizer vaccine is only slightly higher than that of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.

Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

Fact #3 : Myocarditis Risk From COVID-19 Is Much Higher!

What Samudera and other anti-vaccination websites / activists don’t tell you is that – COVID-19 patients suffer from myocarditis too!

In fact, the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is much, MUCH higher than the risk of getting myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccination.

Using the new SAFECOVAC data, I extrapolated the risk of getting THREE DOSES of COVID-19 vaccines against the risk of a single COVID-19 infection :

Look at the results! If you are worried about myocarditis, you should definitely want to AVOID getting infected with COVID-19.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

Fact #4 : Vaccine Myocarditis Generally Mild

Myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccination is generally mild, and patients respond well to medication and rest.

We just need to be cognisant about the symptoms, and seek medical attention when we notice them :

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of a fast-beating or pounding heart

Fact #5 : CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

Samudera insinuated that US health authorities are warning people about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – the US CDC not only recommends that adults get vaccinated, they also advise that children as young as 5 years old should get vaccinated against COVID-19.

CDC continues to recommend that everyone ages 5 years and older get vaccinated for COVID-19.

The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.

Fact #6 : WHO Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

Samudera also insinuated that the World Health Organization (WHO) are warning people about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) looked at the issue, and acknowledged the clear benefits off the mRNA vaccines in reduce deaths and hospitalisations due to COVID-19 infections.

They also pointed out that “myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination is generally mild and responds to conservative treatment (e.g. rest, treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs etc)“.

Now that you know the facts, please SHARE this fact check, and WARN your family and friends about the fake viral message, and the Samudera website.

 

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SAFECOVAC: Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

The new SAFECOVAC study showed that there is less than one in a million risk of getting myocarditis from any of COVID-19 vaccine used in Malaysia!

Take a look at the results for yourself!

 

SAFECOVAC : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Study In Malaysia

SAFECOVAC is a vaccine safety study (NMRR-21-822-59745) conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) under the National Institutes of Health, Malaysia.

The study reviewed data from 433,674 hospital admissions from 216 public and private hospitals between February and September 2021, and found that :

  • a total of 25 myocarditis events were observed within 21 days of COVID-19 vaccination
  • 14 myocarditis events were related to the Pfizer COMIRNARTY vaccine
  • 9 myocarditis events were related to the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine
  • 2 myocarditis events were related to the AstraZeneca vaccine

Let me break down the data they just shared, and tell you what they really mean!

 

Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Is Less Than 1 In Million!

On 16 January 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health shared some preliminary data from the SAFECOVAC study, which I summarised in this table :

Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

In other words, the risk of getting vaccine-induced myocarditis is only :

  • Pfizer : 1 in every 1.11 million doses
  • AstraZeneca : 1 in every 1.43 million doses
  • Sinovac : 1 in every 2 million doses

As you can tell, that is not only a very low risk. But what you may not know is how it compares to the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infections.

So let’s take the SAFECOVAC data, and extrapolate the risk of myocarditis from people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.

Look at the results! If you are worried about myocarditis, you should definitely want to AVOID getting infected with COVID-19.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

No matter how you slice and dice the results, it is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!

 

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Did Marathon Runners Collapse From COVID-19 Vaccination?

Did 5 athletes at the Taipei Marathon collapse due to their COVID-19 vaccination?

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

 

Claim : Marathon Runners Drop Like Flies From COVID-19 Vaccination!

A YouTuber called Tony Lin has gone viral with his video claiming that five athletes at the Taipei Marathon dropped like flies from their COVID-19 vaccinations!

Here is a partial transcript of what he said in his video :

Hi, this is Tony Lin. Welcome to my video.

Can you imagine, in a marathon competition, runners drop like flies. One by one fall into the ground, their hearts stopped beating and they gradually lost consciousness, and they were rushed to the hospital.

This is exactly what happened in an international marathon competition held in Taiwan.

Coincidentally, this is the first ever marathon competition in Taiwan that require the runners to show their vaccination records to join this marathon competition.

He then reads out portions of a news report by a website called Taiwan English News, relevant excerpts which I am reposting here for your convenience :

Five athletes collapsed during the Taipei Marathon event this morning, and were rushed to hospital, at least three having lost vital signs, requiring Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

By 10:30 am, a total of five people had collapsed unconscious in the course of the race. According to reports all five are now conscious and under observation in hospital.

For the first time in its history, the 2021 marathon, with the awkwardly-phrased theme “The Day we Reborn,” required participants to show record of COVID vaccination, or medical record showing proof of recovery from COVID-19, or negative PCR test/rapid antigen test certificate.

 

Truth : Marathon Runners Did NOT Collapse From COVID-19 Vaccination!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS by antivaxxers like Tony Lin, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : 2021 Taipei Marathon Is Not Only For Vaccinated Runners

Tony lied that the 2021 Taipei Marathon requires runners to show their vaccination records to join.

It’s even explained in the Taiwan English News article that 2021 Taipei Marathon participants are required to show one of these:

  • record of COVID-19 vaccination, OR
  • medical record as proof of recovery from COVID-19, OR
  • a negative PCR / RTK certificate

The official 2021 Taipei Marathon regulations stipulate that runners must bring one of the following proof:

  • COVID-19 vaccination record (must be vaccinated before December 5, 2021)
  • PCR test report with negative result after December 13, 2021
  • Proof of RTK self-test with negative result and a signed waiver form
  • Medical proof of recovery (from COVID-19)

In other words, UNVACCINATED people can also participate in the 2021 Taipei Marathon. They just have to prove that they recovered from COVID-19, or test negative on a PCR / RTK test.

Fact #2 : Vaccination Status Of Collapsed Runners Unknown

The vaccination status of the five collapsed marathon runners are unknown. They could be unvaccinated, as I pointed out above.

But Tony Lin suggested that they collapsed due to myocarditis from the COVID-19 vaccine, even though he does not know if they are even vaccinated. He naturally offered NO EVIDENCE to back up his claim.

Even if they were vaccinated, we do not know what COVID-19 vaccine they received. Tony Lin obviously does not know either.

Fact #3 : Cardiac Arrest Is Not Myocarditis

Tony Lin tries to link the cardiac arrest that the runners suffered from, to myocarditis. But they are completely different heart problems.

Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart, that causes an irregular heartbeat or even stops the heart from pumping completely. Victims will immediately collapse unconscious, and may not breathe or have a pulse.

Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, with victims complaining of chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding / fast-beating heart.

Read more : Do mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Increase Heart Disease Risk?

Fact #4 : Runners Collapse At Every Marathon

There is a reason why marathons have medical staff on standby – runners collapse at every marathon event. Some have even died.

The marathon is not your run-of-mill running event. It is a long-distance foot race that stretches out to over 42 kilometres (26 miles)!

During any marathon race, heat from the sun can cause heat stroke, while changes in air temperature can trigger cardiac arrest in vulnerable people.

It is an incredibly strenuous event, even for trained athletes. So it is not uncommon to see runners collapse at marathon races, especially if they were not able to train much during the pandemic.

Fact #5 : Cardiac Arrest Deaths Lower Than Expected

A 2016 systematic medical review found that there was a risk of approximately 0.6 to 1.9 cardiac arrest deaths out of every 100,000 marathon participants.

Even though 5 people ended up suffering from cardiac arrest at the 2021 Taipei Marathon, they recovered after treatment. So the incidence rate of cardiac arrest deaths is actually much lower than expected.

Chien Ding-kuo (簡定國), deputy director at the Department of Emergency Medicine, MacKay Memorial Hospital, said that the high number of OHCA cases might be associated with low temperatures in the early morning as well as under-training.

Fact #6 : Much Higher Risk Of Myocarditis From COVID-19!

What Tony Lin does not point out is that the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is MUCH HIGHER than the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Using data from the new SAFECOVAC study, here is the extrapolated risk of myocarditis for people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

It is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!

 

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Can COVID-19 Vaccination Damage Our Immune System?

Does COVID-19 vaccination permanently damage our immune system, and prevent us from getting protection against other viruses?

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

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccination Damages Our Immune System!

A WhatsApp message has gone viral, claiming that the UK government has admitted that COVID-19 vaccination permanently damages our immune system!

The claim is rather long, so just skip to the next section for the facts…

🔥🔥 BREAKING NEWS

UK Government admit that the vaccines have damaged the natural immune systems of the double jabbed.

The British government has spilled the beans about that fact that once you get double jabbed, you will never again be able to acquire full natural immunity against Covid variants – or possibly any virus.

So let’s watch the ‘real’ pandemic begin now!

 

Truth : COVID-19 Vaccination Will NOT Damage Immune System

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaxxers to scare people, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : UK Government Did Not Say Vaccines Damage Immune Systems

The UK government did not say that “vaccines have damaged the natural immune system of the double jabbed“. That is a complete lie.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccination Boosts Natural Immunity

The claim that COVID-19 vaccination prevents “full natural immunity” against COVID-19 variants is NONSENSICAL.

COVID-19 vaccination may provide different levels of protection for different variants, but it does NOT prevent you from gaining “full natural immunity”, if you get infected anyway.

In fact, it is YOUR OWN immune system that makes those antibodies, not the COVID-19 vaccination. That’s your natural immunity at work.

COVID-19 vaccination only kickstarts the process, so you will have those antibodies before you get infected.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Vaccination Do Not Prevent Immunity From Other Viruses

The claim that COVID-19 vaccination prevents you from acquiring full natural immunity from other viruses is also FALSE.

COVID-19 vaccination merely teaches your immune system to identify the real SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for any COVID-19 vaccine to prevent you from acquiring immunity against other viruses.

Fact #4 : Quote Is In Page 23, Not Page 24

The viral message wrongly asks you to read Page 24 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Surveillance Report (Week 42).

Based on how often the message is being shared, it looks like that NO ONE actually opened the report to read Page 24.

Instead, they all forwarded the viral message, WITHOUT READING and certainly, without first verifying the information.

Fact #5 : Roche N Assay Only Detects Post-Infection Antibodies

In Page 19 of the surveillance report, it is clearly stated that Roche N (nucleoprotein) assay only detects “post-infection antibodies“.

That’s because COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK only produce S (spike) antibodies, so any N antibodies detected would be from actual COVID-19 infections.

Hence, it’s being used to determine how many people who have antibodies from a COVID-19 infection, instead of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #6 : Report Was Gauging Population Exposure To COVID-19

The quote actually refers to the prevalence of S (spike) and N (nucleoprotein) antibodies in UK blood donors, as a way to gauge the population’s exposure to COVID-19. It does not refer to the person’s immunity to COVID-19.

The full section (quote in bold) clearly refers to the surveillance of blood donors, not their immunity to COVID-19.

Seropositivity estimates for S antibody in blood donors are likely to be higher than would be expected in the general population and this probably reflects the fact that donors are more likely to be vaccinated.

Seropositivity estimates for N antibody will underestimate the proportion of the population previously infected due to:

(i) blood donors are potentially less likely to be exposed to natural infection than age matched individuals in the general population

(ii) waning of the N antibody response over time and

(iii) recent observations from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) surveillance data that N antibody levels appear to be lower in individuals who acquire infection following 2 doses of vaccination.

Fact #7 : N Antibody Levels Should Be Lower In Vaccinated People

Fully-vaccinated people produce S antibodies that attach to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, physically blocking it from attaching to our cells and infecting them.

N antibody levels are naturally expected to be lower in vaccinated people, as the S antibodies from the vaccine reduce the viral load and the need for the immune system to produce N antibodies.

The viral message claims that this is a sign of your immune system failing. That’s utter nonsense.

This is actually evidence that the S antibodies produced by the COVID-19 vaccine have effectively reduced infections by the coronavirus.

Fact #8 : N Antibodies Do Not Block Attachment

Most COVID-19 vaccines target the S (Spike) protein, because that is what the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses to infect our cells.

The S antibodies they produce attach to the virus’ spike protein, physically blocking it from attaching to our cells, therefore blocking the infection.

N antibodies, on the other hand, will attach to the nucleocapsid (protein shell) of the coronavirus, which may not block attachment since the spike proteins remain exposed.

That is why inactivated virus vaccines like the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine are far less effective than vaccines that target the spike protein, like the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines.

Fact #9 : Spike Mutations Will Evade Natural Immunity Too

The claim that natural immunity is superior to COVID-19 vaccination is nonsense.

Any spike mutations that evade vaccine-produced antibodies will also evade antibodies produced through COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated people. That’s because our immune system produces antibodies according to what the virus presents to the body.

For example, if you are unvaccinated and get a natural infection by the Delta variant, your body will produce S and N antibodies specific to the Delta variant.

If you then get infected by the Omicron variant, the Delta-specific S and N antibodies already produced by your body may not attach to the Omicron variant virus as well as it would to a Delta variant virus.

Fact #10 : Unvaccinated Will NOT Get Lasting Protection From Infection

Lest it is not clear enough – a natural COVID-19 infection will NOT necessarily impart lasting protection against future COVID-19 infections. Neither will it protect you against new variants like Omicron and beyond.

Unvaccinated people who had already survived a COVID-19 infection can get reinfected. Some have even died after being reinfected with COVID-19.

  • 1%-10% of people infected with COVID-19 do NOT develop detectable neutralising antibodies.
  • Individuals with mild / asymptomatic infections tend to have lower antibody levels.
  • Some studies have shown that waning of antibody levels occurs within several months after infection.

It is therefore folly to rely on “natural” COVID-19 infections to obtain protection. That is like going to war with an alien species without going to boot camp first.

COVID-19 vaccination is a self defence class for our immune system. It prepares our immune system for battle, so get vaccinated for the best outcome against COVID-19!

 

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Did Bill Gates Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Did Bill Gates call for the withdrawal of all COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”?

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

This article was originally posted in August 2021, and was updated and reposted because people are re-circulating the fake story on WhatsApp.

Please help to stop the circulation of fake news, by sharing this fact check article!

 

Claim : Bill Gates Calls For Withdrawal Of ALL COVID-19 Vaccines!

People are sharing an article by Daily Expose, claiming that Bill Gates is calling for the withdrawal of ALL COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”!

It’s a VERY long article, so please skip to the next section for the FACTS!

BREAKING – Bill Gates calls for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines; “The vaccines are far more dangerous than anyone imagined”

In a shocking announcement, Bill Gates, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and the major force behind the COVID-19 vaccines, called for all the COVID-19 genetic-based vaccines to be taken off the market immediately.

In an often anguished 19-minute televised speech, Gates said: “We made a terrible mistake. We wanted to protect people against a dangerous virus. But it turns out the virus is much less dangerous than we thought. And the vaccine is far more dangerous than anyone imagined.”

By W. Gelles

 

Truth : Bill Gates Did NOT Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

The truth is – this is yet another fake story by Daily Expose, which is notorious for creating and posting fake news. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Bill Gates Did Not Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates never called for the withdrawal of COVID-19 vaccines. This is a complete fabrication by Daily Expose.

If he actually did that – it would have been big news on mainstream media, but there’s completely no coverage of such momentous news.

Check your favourite news media – CNN, BBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, CGTN, etc. See if you can find ANY legitimate news outlet confirming what Daily Expose claimed.

No one reported on it, because the “19-minute televised speech” never happened!

Daily Expose made up the whole story, just like die Basis created the fake German government announcement!

Read more : Did Germany Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold?

Fact #2 : Daily Expose Admitted Faking The Story

Daily Expose fabricated this article as a piece of “satire”, but hid the fact by only mentioning that it’s “satire” at the very bottom of their fake article.

They also misleadingly posted it with the title that said nothing about the article being “satire”. It seems intentional – so that people would think it’s genuine.

And true enough – people thought it was genuine, and they shared it out as factual, making it go viral.

Daily Expose later changed the title to “SATIRE – In an alternate universe Bill Gates has called for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines“.

They also added “a note from the editor”, stating that “when we first published this article we should have made it clear at the beginning that it was satire rather than at the end. We did not do this and we apologise…

However, it’s too late – and they know it – because people continue to share the original version which pretended to be genuine.

Read more : Was Bill Gates Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity?

Fact #3 : Daily Expose Lied That The Rest Is Factual

Even though the Daily Expose editor insisted the article is satire, the writer – W. Gelles, claimed that it’s mostly factual.

Note – The following satire is fictional in that Mr. Gates has made no such speech and the Gates Foundation has not established any funds to compensate vaccine victims or to make available effective, inexpensive COVID-19 remedies. All the rest of the article is factual – W. Gelles

The truth is that the entire article is FALSE – a complete fabrication by W. Gelles and the Daily Expose.

For example, the claim that VAERS captures “only one percent of what’s going on”, and yet reported 13,000 deaths and over half a million adverse events is COMPLETELY FALSE.

The claim that “hydroxycholoroquine is known to be very effective in fighting COVID-19” is also COMPLETELY FALSE. Also false are the claims that the studies that discredited HCQ were retracted.

Everything in their article can be verified as false, but Daily Expose is counting on you not checking their false claims.

Read more : How Antivaxxers Use VAERS To Support Their Fake News!

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Proven Safe + Effective

Anti-vaccination proponents are not interested in your health, which is why they keep lying about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – COVID-19 vaccines were only approved AFTER they have undergone extensive safety and efficacy tests, involving tens of thousands of volunteers.

And even after receiving Emergency Use Authorisation and full FDA approval, they continue to be monitored for safety and efficacy.

The reason why doctors and health authorities STRONGLY advocate vaccination is because the vaccines have been PROVEN to protect the vast majority of people from getting COVID-19 in the first place.

And even if you do get infected after vaccination, the vaccine will protect you against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

So stop listening to fake news websites like Daily Expose. Protect yourself and your family by vaccinating against COVID-19!

Read more : RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well COVID-19 Vaccines Work!

 

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Why COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Keeps Getting Extended!

Did you know that COVID-19 vaccine shelf life can be extended beyond what’s printed on the vial, sometimes more than once?

Find out why they keep extending vaccine shelf life, and whether we should be worried about that!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Is Way Too Short

Based on their experience developing past vaccines, manufacturers have a good idea of how long their vaccines will remain stable and retain their quality and efficacy.

When properly stored, vaccines can last a long time. Most vaccines actually have a shelf life of about three years.

However, vaccine manufacturers have been extraordinarily cautious when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. Many COVID-19 vaccines ship with shelf lives of only 3 to 6 months!

The key takeaway point is that COVID-19 vaccine shelf lives are extraordinarily short. Many healthcare professionals would call them way too short.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Extension Is Normal

The ultra-short shelf life for COVID-19 vaccines have led to criticism that such excessive caution is leading to wastage.

Even while there is a global shortage of vaccines, many doses had to be disposed when they “expired”, even though they are still safe and effective to use.

The WHO has been urging countries to hold onto those “expired doses” while manufacturers are assessing whether their shelf lives can be extended.

The US FDA also points out that vaccines authorised for emergency use do NOT have fixed expiry dates.

Once new stability studies prove that the vaccine remains stable and effective over time, the expiry date of those vaccines can and will be extended.

I should point out that these extended COVID-19 vaccine shelf lives are still very conservative. Perhaps overly conservative.

In fact, we should expect them to keep getting extended as further stability tests show that they do actually last very long.

 

Which COVID-19 Vaccine Has Extended Shelf Life?

You may be surprised to know this, but the shelf life of many COVID-19 vaccines have extended, sometimes more than once.

So do NOT be alarmed if you are given a dose from a vial with an “expired date“. It does NOT mean that you have been given a “bad vaccine”.

It just means that the vaccine has been proven to last much longer than originally expected.

Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY

The Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine originally had a 6 month shelf life. That was extended by 3 months, to 9 months on 22 August 2021.

On 16 December 2021, the US FDA also extended shelf life for the COMIRNATY vaccine that uses the Tris buffer to 9 months.

So all existing vaccine doses can be used for an additional 3 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored between -90ºC to -60ºC.

Moderna Spikevax

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine originally had a 7 month shelf life.

On 23 December 2021, both UK MHRA and Health Canada extended its shelf life by 2 months, to 9 months, as long as it is stored between -25ºC to -15ºC.

The US FDA also extended the shelf life of certain lots by 2 months, to 9 months, as long as they are stored between -50ºC to -15ºC.

J&J Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson originally has a 3 month (90-day) shelf life.

The US FDA extended its shelf life to 4.5 months (135 days) on 10 June 2021, and then 6 months (180 days) on 28 July 2021.

All existing vaccine doses can now be used for an additional 1.5 to 3 months (45 to 60 days) beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored at 2-8ºC.

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

In May 2021, Health Canada extended the shelf life of about 45,000 AstraZeneca doses by a month, following review of stability data.

It allowed the use of doses with an original expiry date of 31 May 2021, until 1 July 2021.

Otherwise, all AstraZeneca vaccine doses remain with their original shelf life of six months.

Sinovac CoronaVac

The CoronaVac inactivated virus vaccine from Sinovac originally had a 6-month shelf life, which was later extended to 12 months, when it was approved by the WHO.

However, Sinovac appears to give the CoronaVac different shelf lives depending on who’s purchasing their vaccine – 1 year in Malaysia, 2 years in Singapore, and 3 years in Indonesia and Thailand.

Sinopharm BIBP

The Sinopharm BIBP vaccine has a 24-month shelf life, as registered with the WHO. With such a long shelf life, there is no real need for an extension.

CanSino Convidecia

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine has a 24-month shelf life, and remains stable for 60 days at room temperature.

With such a long shelf life, there is no real need for an extension.

SII Covishield

Covishield is a rebranded AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and has the same original 6 month shelf life.

In March 2021, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) extended its shelf life by 3 additional months, to 9 months.

Bharat Covaxin

Covaxin originally had a shelf life of 6 months, but that was extended to 12 months by the Indian Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on 3 November 2021.

All existing vaccine doses can now be used for an additional 6 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored at 2-8ºC.

Sputnik V

The Russian vaccine – Sputnik V originally had an incredibly short 2-month shelf life at -18ºC.

The Russian Healthcare Ministry then allowed it to be stored for 2 months at 2-8ºC, before later extending it to 6 months when stored at -18ºC to -22ºC.

 

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Why Expiry Date On COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Is NOT Accurate!

Find out why the expiry date on the COVID-19 vaccine vial is NOT ACCURATE, and why you should ignore it.

 

Claim : Vial Expiry Date Proves That The Vaccine Has Expired!

People have been claiming that they were given expired COVID-19 vaccines.

Sometimes, they misunderstood the expiry date on their vaccination card, and sometimes it’s because the expiry date on the vial showed that the vaccine has expired.

Today, a video went viral on WhatsApp, together with a new claim of getting expired COVID-19 vaccine :

Expired dose being used for vaccination and luckily the son found out and stopped it.

For those who do not understand Bahasa Malaysia, here is a rough transcript

Doctor : There’s no problem (with the vaccine).

Man : I have proof!

Doctor : It’s okay if you want to dispute it. If you want to postpone the vaccination, you can come back later.

Man : When can we get it?

Doctor : This week, we are still using this current stock.

Man : Don’t misunderstand. I’m not scared. My father is scared because it’s expired.

 

Why Expiry Date On COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Is NOT Accurate!

This is very likely another example of people misunderstanding the vaccine expiry date. As they say, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing“.

While people are now clever enough to check the vaccine vial for the expiry date, many remain oblivious to the fact that it is no longer accurate!

The truth is – no one is getting expired COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : FDA Extended Pfizer Vaccine Shelf Life

It is unknown what vaccine the man’s father was supposed to receive, but it was most likely the Pfizer booster dose.

On 22 August 2021, the US FDA agreed to allow Pfizer to extend the shelf life of their COVID-19 vaccine by 3 months – from 6 months to 9 months.

All existing vaccine doses from that point onwards can be used for an additional 3 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored between -90ºC to -60ºC.

The new official recommended shelf life for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is therefore 9 months.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

Fact #2 : Malaysia Extended Pfizer + Sinovac Shelf Lives

On 16 November 2021, Malaysia officially announced the shelf life extension of both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines.

This decision was made, based on ongoing stability data, and also the updated FDA and manufacturers’ shelf life recommendations.

Therefore, you may be given a vial with an “expired date”, and the dates on your vaccination card / certificate will NOT match what was printed on the vial.

Read more : Malaysia Extends Shelf Life Of Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines!

Vaccine Registration Manufacturer Newly Approved
Shelf Life
Sinovac CoronaVac MAL21046125ACSZ Pharmaniaga Lifescience S/B
Malaysia
12 Months
(+ 6 Months)
Pfizer-BioNTech
COMIRNATY
MAL21016022AZ Pfizer Belgium NV, Belgium 9 Months
(+ 3 Months)
MAL21036039ASZ BioNTech GmbH, Germany

Fact #3 : Printed Expiry Dates Are NO LONGER Accurate

Many COVID-19 vaccines were shipped before their expiry dates were extended by various health authorities. Therefore, the printed expiry dates on vaccine vials are NO LONGER accurate.

As vaccine expiry date extensions need to be approved by the health authority in individual countries, it takes time for vaccine manufacturers to print new labels for different countries.

That’s why Malaysia (for example) gives vaccine manufacturers 6 months to update the shelf life that is printed on their vaccine vials.

So please do NOT be surprised if new COVID-19 vaccine vials continue to come with shorter shelf life labels for several more months.

Fact #4 : Expiry Date Is By Vaccine Batch

I should also point out that the expiry date changes with each batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of whether it’s from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.

Hence, the Ministry of Health points out that this expiry date of your first dose has NO CONNECTION with your second dose.

Irrespective of what vaccine you receive, your vaccine doses will likely be from different batches. Their expiry dates will therefore be different.

Fact #5 : Accurate Expiry Date In Vaccination Card / MySejahtera

If you really want to know if you received an expired COVID-19 vaccine, check your vaccination card or MySejahtera.

The actual and correct expiry date will be written in your COVID-19 vaccination card, and posted in your MySejahtera status (as shown in the example above).

Now that you are aware of the facts, please share this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by the misleading video and message!

 

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Did Australia Admit 79,000 People Had Vaccine Side Effects?

Did the government of Australia just admit that at least 79,000 people had vaccine side effects like pericarditis?

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

 

Claim : Australia Admitted 79,000 People Had Vaccine Side Effects!

People have been sharing this scary message on WhatsApp, with a link to a YouTube video from the Australian news outlet, 7NEWS :

The Australian government has admitted there have been at least 79,000 COVID-19 vaccine side effects and is now offering compensation to those seriously injured

 

Truth : Australia Did Not Admit 79,000 People Had Vaccine Side Effects

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that uses real news to mislead people, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Tells A Different Story From Viral Message

The video is genuine, and is a 7NEWS report from 29 December 2021, which you can view above.

The fake news creator used it to “sell” the fake news, because he/she knows that 99% of those who read the fake news won’t bother to actually watch the video.

In fact, most will assume that 79,000 people in Australia developed pericarditis from COVID-19 vaccines!

The video actually talks about one man’s experience getting pericarditis from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and how he did not qualify for the federal government’s compensation.

Fact #2 : He Did Not Get Hospitalised Overnight For Pericarditis

The man in the 7NEWS report, Matty John, was admitted to the hospital twice for pericarditis, but in both cases – he did not even need to stay overnight (1:35 in the video).

Hence, he did not qualify for the Australian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine claims scheme.

According to the TGA, myocarditis and pericarditis from vaccines is “often mild, and cases usually resolve after a few days with treatment and rest“.

Fact #3 : Australian Government Did Not Admit 79,000 People Had Side Effects

To be clear – the Australian government never said that 79,000 people had side effects from the vaccine. It was an estimate mentioned in the news report.

At 0:46 of the video, the reporter clearly said, “It is estimated that 79,000 people had suffered adverse reactions to vaccines“.

Fact #4 : Less Than 2,000 People In Australia Had Pericarditis From Vaccines

As of 19 December 2021, Australia administered 27.7 million doses of mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, and just under 2,000 reported cases of pericarditis.

Even if all reported (but not confirmed) pericarditis cases are considered as related to the mRNA vaccines, that’s an incidence rate of 0.0072%.

The truth is – people do get pericarditis even without vaccination. So the true incidence rate is much lower than “suspected”.

Pericarditis Pfizer Comirnaty
26.2 million doses
Moderna Spikevax
1.5 million doses
All 12-17 yo All 12-17 yo
Suspected Cases 1,860
0.0071%
140 131
0.0087%
10
Likely Cases 720
0.0027%
60 46
0.0031%
2

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Causes More Pericarditis Than Vaccines!

What antivaxxers don’t tell you is that – COVID-19 causes A LOT more cases of pericarditis than vaccines.

This 14 December 2021 study published in Nature look at the outcome of over 38 million people in the United Kingdom from COVID-19 and vaccination.

For your convenience, I summarised their pericarditis findings in this table :

COVID-19
Infection
Pfizer
Comirnaty
AstraZeneca
Vaxzevria
People 3,028,867 11,972,733 19,754,224
Pericarditis 106 52 91
Pericarditis
Incidence
0.0035% 0.00043% 0.00046%
Change
In Risk
Baseline 8.14x
lower risk
7.61x
lower risk

From their findings, COVID-19 infections causes 8X more cases of pericarditis than a COVID-19 vaccine.

It should be obvious by this point that, if you are worried about pericarditis, then you should definitely GET VACCINATED against COVID-19!

 

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UPDATED CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

Now that the booster dose programme in Malaysia is open to everyone, what vaccine should YOU use?

Don’t worry – CITF-B just issued their LATEST recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

 

What Vaccine Has Been Approved As Booster Dose By CITF-B?

Currently, only three vaccines have been approved for use as a booster dose by CITF-B (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster).

 

Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the booster dose will be available to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

They also issued the official CITF-B recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

On 28 December 2021, CITF-B issued updated recommendations to address the threat of the Omicron variant.

Quick + Easy Summary

To make it simple for you, this table summarises the updated CITF-B’s booster dose recommendations, based on what COVID-19 vaccine you received earlier :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Alternative
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer Moderna After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm *
Moderna Moderna Pfizer
CanSino Pfizer CanSino *
Sputnik V Pfizer AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : Moderna booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinopharm booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Moderna booster shot
  • Alternative : Pfizer booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : CanSino booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a second dose of CanSino as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Please note that all COVID-19 booster doses provided under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) are provided FREE of charge.

So please watch out for your booster dose appointment in MySejahtera, and get your FREE boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia : 28 Dec Edition!

 

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Malaysia HALVES Booster Dose Interval To Just 3 Months!

Malaysia just HALVED the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose interval to 3 months!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia HALVES Booster Dose Interval To Just 3 Months!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) just announced that the existing 6 month booster dose interval is now halved to just 3 months!

Here is a table I created to summarise what they just announced :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Alternative
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer Moderna After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm *
Moderna Moderna Pfizer
CanSino Pfizer CanSino *
Sputnik V Pfizer AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer AstraZeneca After 2 months

* Note : These booster doses are still pending NPRA approval, and are therefore, not available yet.

Read more : Sinovac Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Take It?

 

Who Should Get Booster Dose In Malaysia?

The technical working group also evaluated the latest evidence, and introduced new recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

These individuals are advised to receive a booster dose at least 3 months after their primary vaccination.

  • All senior citizens 60 years and above 
  • All adults 18 years and above who received all types of vaccines (Pfizer, AZ and CoronaVac), using the age de-escalation approach
    – 50 years old and above,
    – 40 years old and above, and
    – 18 years old and above
  • Individuals with co-morbidities
  • Residents and employees at long-term care facilities

 

Why Malaysia Reduced The Booster Dose Interval To 3 Months?

KKM made this decision based on the recent RECoVaM study, which showed the waning protection of COVID-19 vaccines, especially the Sinovac vaccine.

They were also concerned about the latest data on the Omicron variant, which showed greater transmissibility, higher viral binding affinity and higher antibody escape.

Evidence collected over the last 3 weeks showed that a booster dose can increase protection against the Omicron variant. And early research involving 21 million booster doses in the UK showed that they are safe.

In line with those results, regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as panels of health experts now recommend that the booster dose vaccination should be given as early as three (3) months after completing the primary vaccine.

 

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Did UK Gov Admit That Vaccines Damage Immune System?

Did the UK government admit that COVID-19 vaccines permanently damage our immune system?

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

 

Claim : UK Gov Admits That Vaccines Damage Immune System

People are excitedly sharing a WhatsApp message claiming that the UK government admitted that COVID-19 vaccines permanently damaged our immune system!

The claim is rather wordy, so skip to the next section for the facts…

🔥🔥 BREAKING NEWS

UK Government admit that the vaccines have damaged the natural immune systems of the double jabbed.

The British government has spilled the beans about that fact that once you get double jabbed, you will never again be able to acquire full natural immunity against Covid variants – or possibly any virus.

So let’s watch the ‘real’ pandemic begin now!

 

Truth : UK Gov Did NOT Say That Vaccines Damage Immune System

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaxxers, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : UK Gov Did Not Admit Vaccines Damaged Immune Systems

First, let me be clear – the UK government did not admit that “vaccines have damaged the natural immune system of the double jabbed“. That’s just made up – complete and utter bullshit.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccines Boost Natural Immunity

The claim that vaccines prevent “full natural immunity” against COVID-19 variants is also FALSE.

COVID-19 vaccines may provide varying protection for COVID-19 variants, but they do not prevent you from gaining “full natural immunity”, if you get infected anyway.

In fact, it is YOUR OWN immune system that makes those antibodies, not the vaccine. That’s your natural immunity at work.

The COVID-19 vaccine only kickstarts the process, so you will have those antibodies before you get infected.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Prevent Immunity From Other Viruses

The claim that COVID-19 vaccines prevent you from acquiring full natural immunity from other viruses is also FALSE.

The COVID-19 vaccines merely teaches your immune system to identify the real SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for COVID-19 vaccines to prevent you from acquiring immunity against other viruses.

Fact #4 : Quote Is In Page 23, Not Page 24

The viral message wrongly asks you to read Page 24 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Surveillance Report (Week 42).

Based on how often the message is being shared, it looks like that NO ONE actually opened the report to read Page 24. If they did, they would have realised that the quote is actually in Page 23, and corrected the viral message.

Instead, they all forwarded the viral message, WITHOUT READING and certainly, without first verifying the information.

Fact #5 : Roche N Assay Only Detects Post-Infection Antibodies

In Page 19 of the surveillance report, it is clearly stated that Roche N (nucleoprotein) assay only detects “post-infection antibodies“.

That’s because the COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK only produce S (spike) antibodies, so any N antibodies detected would be from actual COVID-19 infections.

Hence, it’s being used to determine how many people who have antibodies from a COVID-19 infection, instead of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #6 : Report Was Gauging Population Exposure To COVID-19

The quote actually refers to the prevalence of S (spike) and N (nucleoprotein) antibodies in UK blood donors, as a way to gauge the population’s exposure to COVID-19. It does not refer to the person’s immunity to COVID-19.

The full section (quote in bold) clearly refers to the surveillance of blood donors, not their immunity to COVID-19.

Seropositivity estimates for S antibody in blood donors are likely to be higher than would be expected in the general population and this probably reflects the fact that donors are more likely to be vaccinated.

Seropositivity estimates for N antibody will underestimate the proportion of the population previously infected due to:

(i) blood donors are potentially less likely to be exposed to natural infection than age matched individuals in the general population

(ii) waning of the N antibody response over time and

(iii) recent observations from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) surveillance data that N antibody levels appear to be lower in individuals who acquire infection following 2 doses of vaccination.

Fact #7 : N Antibody Levels Should Be Lower In Vaccinated People

Fully-vaccinated people produce S antibodies that attach to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, physically blocking it from attaching to our cells and infecting them.

N antibody levels are naturally expected to be lower in vaccinated people, as the S antibodies from the vaccine reduce the viral load and the need for the immune system to produce N antibodies.

The viral message claims that this is a sign of your immune system failing. That’s utter nonsense.

This is actually evidence that the S antibodies produced by the COVID-19 vaccine have effectively reduced infections by the coronavirus.

Fact #8 : N Antibodies Do Not Block Attachment

Most COVID-19 vaccines target the S (Spike) protein, because that is what the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses to infect our cells.

The S antibodies they produce attach to the virus’ spike protein, physically blocking it from attaching to our cells, therefore blocking the infection.

N antibodies, on the other hand, will attach to the nucleocapsid (protein shell) of the coronavirus, which may not block attachment since the spike proteins remain exposed.

That is why inactivated virus vaccines like the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine are far less effective than vaccines that target the spike protein, like the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines.

Fact #9 : Spike Mutations Will Evade Natural Immunity Too

The claim that natural immunity is superior to vaccination is nonsense.

Any spike mutations that evade vaccine-produced antibodies will also evade antibodies produced through COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated people. That’s because our immune system produces antibodies according to what the virus presents to the body.

For example, if you are unvaccinated and get a natural infection by the Delta variant, your body will produce S and N antibodies specific to the Delta variant.

If you then get infected by the Omicron variant, the Delta-specific S and N antibodies already produced by your body may not attach to the Omicron variant virus as well as it would to a Delta variant virus.

Fact #10 : Unvaccinated Will NOT Get Lasting Protection From Infection

Lest it is not clear enough – a natural COVID-19 infection will NOT necessarily impart lasting protection against future COVID-19 infections. Neither will it protect you against new variants like Omicron and beyond.

Unvaccinated people who had already survived a COVID-19 infection can get reinfected. Some have even died after being reinfected with COVID-19.

  • 1%-10% of people infected with COVID-19 do NOT develop detectable neutralising antibodies.
  • Individuals with mild / asymptomatic infections tend to have lower antibody levels.
  • Some studies have shown that waning of antibody levels occurs within several months after infection.

It is therefore folly to rely on “natural” COVID-19 infections to obtain protection. That is like going to war with an alien species without going to boot camp first.

Vaccines are self defence classes for our immune system. They prepare our immune system for battle, so get vaccinated for the best outcome against COVID-19!

 

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Malaysia To REQUIRE Booster Dose For Sinovac + Elderly!

The booster dose will be REQUIRED for Sinovac recipients, and those who are 60 years old and above!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia To REQUIRE Booster Dose For Sinovac + Elderly!

The WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) has earlier recommended that these individuals should receive a booster dose to be considered fully-vaccinated :

  • ALL individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) meeting on 8 December 2021 confirmed this suggestion.

Therefore, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced on 16 December 2021, that all these individuals MUST receive a booster dose by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of February 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Boost Dose Policy For Malaysia!

 

Why Is A Booster Dose Required In Malaysia?

As the Omicron variant has now been detected in Malaysia, the booster dose is of great importance. Omicron has been shown to breakthrough two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, but a booster dose confers significantly improved protection.

In fact, it will be a matter of time before everyone else will be required to receive a booster dose, to be considered fully-vaccinated.

So please get your booster dose as soon as you are offered one. Check your MySejahtera app for your booster dose appointment!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

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How To Get FREE Sinovac Booster Dose Using Selangkah!

The Selangor state government is offering FREE Sinovac vaccine booster doses under the Selvax programme!

Here is what you need to know about the free Sinovac booster dose using the Selangkah app!

Updated @ 2021-12-15 : Added the latest info, including a warning about rescheduling of appointments!

 

Sinovac Booster By Selvax : FREE For Selangor Residents

On 8 December 2021, the Selangor state government started offering FREE Sinovac booster doses under the Selvax programme.

These Sinovac booster doses are being administered at Selcare clinics and The KL Clinic branches all across Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, at no cost to residents.

Note : On 15 December, the Selangkah team announced that they are rescheduling the booster dose appointments.

So please check your Selangkah app one day before the appointment, to see if there has been a change in the time slot.

Please go only at your appointed time, to avoid creating an unnecessary queue. And please make sure you maintain COVID-19 precautions at all times.

 

Sinovac Booster Dose : How To Get It FREE On Selangkah App!

This free Sinovac booster dose offer is open to all Selangor residents who received two Sinovac doses earlier, even those who did not receive them under the Selvax programme.

However, only 157,000 Sinovac vaccine doses will be available as booster shots, which could explain the long queues on the first day.

Earlier, you had to call up each clinic to arrange for an appointment. That has been superseded by registration through the updated Selangkah app using this method :

Step 1 : Install and open the Selangkah app.

Step 2 : In the main screen of the Selangkah app, tap on Selvax > Self Booking > Booster Dose.

Step 3 : Key in your personal information.

Step 4 : Verify the application using the OTP code.

Step 5 : Select the location and date of your preferred vaccination appointment

Step 6 : Key in the Voucher Code (see below) before you “check out”.

Step 7 : Bring the receipt for your appointment.

Please do NOT queue up like what happened earlier!

Here is a list of available clinics and Voucher Codes :

Selcare Clinic Section 13, Shah Alam : SCSAS

Selcare Clinic Skypark Subang : SCSSS

Selcare Clinic USJ Sentral : SCUSJ

Selcare Clinic Puchong : SCPPS

Selcare Clinic Sentosa : SCSKS

The KL Clinic, Rohas Perks : TKCRP

The KL Clinic, Menara Hap Seng 2 : TKCHS

The KL Clinic, Menara Olympia : TKCMO

The KL Clinic, Menara Worldwide : TKCMW

The KL Clinic, Sri Ramp : TKCSR

The KL Clinic, UBN Tower : TKCUBN

Sinovac booster dose vaccinations will be carried out at these clinics from 9 AM until 5 PM, from Monday to Friday only.

 

Free Sinovac Booster Dose By Selvax : Good Intentions, Terrible Idea

While I am cognisant of the Selangor state government’s good intentions, I frankly believe that this is a terrible idea.

I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that those who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine get the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine as a booster dose instead.

The Sinovac CoronaVac has always been the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine to be approved – at just over 50%.

On top of that, the recent RECoVaM study showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s protection against COVID-19 infections and hospitalisation drops dramatically after just 2 months!

That’s why CITF-B strongly recommended that Sinovac recipients take the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster, and NOT a third dose of Sinovac.

In fact, Singapore considers people who took THREE doses of the Sinovac vaccine to be equivalent to those who took TWO doses of Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca. It’s THAT bad.

Read more : Official CITF-B Booster Dose Recommendations!
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) has already been tested in many countries and PROVEN to be safe and even more effective.

The only medical reason to take a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine is if you had an earlier allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, and there is no better alternative available.

Malaysia is offering the AstraZeneca vaccine as an alternative to the Pfizer vaccine, and it is a far SUPERIOR vaccine to Sinovac. So if the Pfizer vaccine scares you too much (thank you, fake news!), then get the AstraZeneca vaccine instead.

I have personally advised all of my family and friends NOT to take the third dose of the Sinovac vaccine, and opt instead for the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine for their booster dose.

The choice is yours. But please make that choice based on hard facts, and not fake news.

 

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Did WHO Advise Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines?

Did the WHO advise people against taking the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines?

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

 

Claim : WHO Advised Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines!

Antivaxxers have sharing videos of WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan saying that “there is no medical evidence that a third dose is necessary” and that it is a “data-free, evidence-free zone as far as mix-and-match” of vaccines is concerned.

There are a few videos being circulating, so we shared one example, together with two examples of messages that accompany the videos.

WHO said there is no medical evidence that booster shot is necessary and advised against the mix and match of vaccines – calling it a dangerous trend since there is very little information on doing so.👆🏻

👆WHO advised not to mix the vaccine, as there is no enough data on this mix and match.

 

Truth : WHO Advice On Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines Out Of Context!

This is yet another effort by antivaxxers to discourage people from protecting themselves against COVID-19.

The truth is – WHO’s advice on the booster dose and the mixing of vaccines was taken out of context.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Video Was Recorded On 12 July 2021

First, it is important to note that the video was a slice of the COVID-19 Virtual Press Conference conducted by the WHO on 12 July 2021.

It is now the end of November 2021. Things have changed since then – there is more data on vaccine breakthrough, and the mixing of vaccines (heterologous vaccination).

It is irresponsible and misleading to resurrect an old video to convey a narrative that is contrary to what we know today.

Fact #2 : Viral Messages Are False

The accompanying messages are deliberately lying to you about what the WHO actually said.

You will realise that if you read the entire transcript of the 12 July 2021 WHO press conference, like I did.

  • WHO did not say that there is no medical evidence that booster dose is necessary
  • WHO did not advise against the mixing and matching of vaccines

I will provide more context in the next two segments…

Fact #3 : WHO Called For Sharing Of Vaccines Over Booster Dose

The WHO’s position at that time was that the limited supply of vaccines should be used to vaccinated those who are unvaccinated, rather than used as booster doses.

In that press conference, Dr. Ann Lindstrand pointed out that while there is a decline [in antibodies], you still have good protection as long as you have a full course of any WHO EUL vaccines.

She also said that it is “more important to be able to vaccinated a larger global population” than “to use the limited supply of doses” as booster doses.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan agreed with Dr. Lindstrand and pointed out that the booster dose programme for the 11 high and upper-middle income countries will take up 800 million doses of vaccine at a time when many front-line and healthcare workers remain unvaccinated in other countries.

Read more : Fact Check : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group?

Fact #4 : WHO Advised INDIVIDUALS Against Mixing Of Vaccines

The WHO’s position at that time is clear – individuals should not mix and match their vaccines as they please.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was specifically referring to “people who say they’ve taken one and they are planning to take another one“.

She goes on to say that, “There are studies going on; we need to wait for that and maybe it will be a very good approach“.

And she warned that, “It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when and who should be taking a second, third or fourth dose“.

She was clearly talking about individuals taking vaccinations into their own hands. She clarified that later in a tweet :

To clarify, I warned against individuals mixing and matching vaccines on their own.

Fact #5 : Some Vaccines Lose Protection Faster Than Others

It is now the end of November 2021, and studies have shown that the protection from some vaccines wane faster than others.

For example, the RECoVaM study showed that protection against COVID-19 infections dropped significantly for the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines after a few months.

But as I explained before, that drop in efficacy is not really as important as the vaccine’s protection against hospitalisation and death.

However, their data also showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s protection against ICU admissions dropped very low.

So giving Sinovac vaccine recipients a Pfizer booster dose is clearly the right decision.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Fact #6 : Mixing Vaccines Lead To Better Protection

At least three teams looked into the mixing of COVID-19 vaccines – heterologous vaccination, and they all concluded that it produced BETTER protection.

Sweden

  • More than 100,000 people received a dose of AstraZeneca, followed by an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna)
  • Those who received this mixed were 68% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.
  • Those who received two doses of AstraZeneca were 50% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.

Denmark

  • Those who received AstraZeneca + Pfizer were 88% less likely to get infected by COVID-19.
  • This efficacy is similar to two doses of Pfizer.

France

  • Healthcare workers who received a mix of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines had 50% lower COVID-19 infection rates compared to those who received two doses of Pfizer.

Both the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines, are not only SAFE, they offer BETTER protection against COVID-19.

Do not let these lies by antivaxxers prevent you from protecting yourself and your family against COVID-19.

 

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Booster Dose : What Should YOU Do Before / During / After?

Getting ready for your COVID-19 booster dose vaccination?

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your booster dose vaccination!

 

What Should You Do Before Booster Dose Vaccination?

Just received your COVID-19 booster dose appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE your COVID-19 vaccination!

Medication?

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

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

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are generally NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your booster dose vaccination, unless your doctor advises otherwise.

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 clinic / hospital.
    Call them up and ask for 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 clinic / hospital.
  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.

 

Which Booster Dose Should You Choose?

You may be offered a choice of booster dose, but generally, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) recommends the Pfizer booster dose.

Using the Pfizer booster dose gives you a big boost in protection, almost equivalent to those who received three doses of the mRNA vaccine.

This is especially important for those who are using less efficacious vaccines like Sinovac and Sinopharm. While a Sinovac booster dose is offered, it will not give you as much protection as a Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

Read more : Sinovac Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Get It?
Read more :
 Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

 

What Should You Do During Booster Dose 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 room, 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 Booster Dose Vaccination?

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

Dietary Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet or daily life after your booster dose 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 or Moderna vaccine, as there is a very small risk that they may get myocarditis / pericarditis.
  • 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.

Take it easy for a few days, and then start with light exercises. Listen to your body, and look out for chest pain or breathing difficulties.

Even if you are feeling fine, take the time to slowly ramp up your exercise over the next few days, as a precaution.

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 booster 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.

Make sure you report any serious side effects you may encounter, and seek medical attention at the nearest clinic or hospital.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

 

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Fact Check: Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries?

Did the UK government issue a shocking report on COVID-19 vaccine injuries, with many cases of blindnessstroke, spontaneous abortion and death?

Take a look at the shocking UK Yellow Card report, and find out what the FACTS really are!

This fact check was earlier posted in February 2021, and was updated and reposted after the same fake news recirculated again on WhatsApp.

 

Claim : Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries!

The Daily Expose UK posted an article called “SHOCKING! – Official Data on Adverse Reactions to Covid Vaccines release“.

It was reposted by Principia Scientific International as “UK Government Releases Shocking Report On COVID Vaccine Side Effects“, with a PDF version circulating on social media, or this message :

LATEST NEWS > > *As of 24/1/2021, out of the 5.4 millions UK people taken first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, 107 people died. 5 people are now blind, 21 suffered a stroke, 4 women suffered a miscarriage.

According to Daily Expose UK, the UK government report revealed that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused these injuries or adverse reactions :

  • 5 cases of blindness
  • 31 cases of visual impairment
  • 21 cerebrovascular accidents (stroke)
  • 4 spontaneous abortions (miscarriages)
  • 59 deaths
  • 7 sudden deaths
  • 69 reports of Bell’s palsy

Daily Expose UK also found that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was responsible for two spontaneous abortions.

Take a minute to let the shock and horror pass, before you read on and find out what the facts really are…

 

UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries : The Facts

The Daily Expose UK and Principia Scientific are infamous for creating FAKE NEWS to generate page views and money.

The screenshots are indeed from a UK government report. However, the Daily Expose UK article intentionally misleads everyone on the TRUTH.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was A Yellow Card Summary Report

The UK government report mentioned in the article was the weekly Yellow Card summary report (as of 27 January 2021).

As the name suggests, it is released on a weekly basis, and is otherwise not special in any sense.

Fact #2 : Anyone Can Report Anything On The Yellow Card Site

What the Daily Expose UK intentionally “neglected” to mention was that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can report ANYTHING on the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site.

You can report that the COVID-19 vaccine caused you all kinds of injuries, from giving you AIDS or brain cancer to killing you outright.

Heck, you can create a Yellow Card report even if you are NOT living in the UK, and have NOT actually received the vaccine!

Here are screenshots of us reporting that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused a leg fracture, that resulted in an abnormality in an unborn child!

This is how absurd the Yellow Card reporting system really is. No different from the US VAERS system really.

Read more : Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

Fact #3 : Yellow Card Reports Are NOT Evidence Of Side Effects

Daily Expose UK also intentionally “neglected” to mention that Yellow Card reports are NOT evidence of actual adverse reactions.

The UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) which operates the Yellow Card programme stated very clearly that (with our emphasis) :

It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

We ask for any suspicions to be reported, even if the reporter isn’t sure if it was caused by the vaccine. Reports to the scheme are known as suspected adverse reactions (ADRs).

Many suspected ADRs reported on a Yellow Card do not have any relation to the vaccine or medicine and it is often coincidental that they both occurred around the same time.

It is therefore important that the suspected ADRs described in this report are not interpreted as being proven side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Known Side Effects Are Mild / Inconsequential

Daily Expose UK also intentionally “failed to expose” the fact that the side effects of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are mild and/or inconsequential.

Thanks to large trials involving over 100,000 people, scientists have determined that the side effects of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19 are mild and/or inconsequential.

The UK MHRA classified the known side effects into how commonly they occur, as follows :

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever
  • Common : injection site swelling, redness at injection site, nausea
  • Uncommon : enlarged lymph nodes, feeling unwell
  • Rare : temporary one-sided facial drooping (Bell’s palsy)
  • Very Rare : severe allergic reaction

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising at injection site, generally felling unwell, feeling tired, chills, headache, nausea, joint pain or muscle ache
  • Common : a lump at injection site, fever, vomiting, flu-like symptoms
  • Uncommon : feeling dizzy, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, sweating, itchy skin / rash

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Has Killed Over 2.4 Million People… So Far

Daily Expose and Principia Scientific are fretting over a hundred of so “reported deaths” in the UK Yellow Card database, that have NOT been proven to be caused by the vaccine.

We should point out that as of 26 November 2021, COVID-19 has killed :

  • Over 5.18 million people worldwide
  • Over 144,000 people in the UK

Those are real people who died from COVID-19. Real people with families who have to live with the loss.

Workers wearing protective gear bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island in New York City on April 9.

On the other hand, the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and efficacious. They will prevent millions of people from unnecessarily dying from what is now a preventable disease.

Daily Expose UK and Principia Scientific, suicide is meant to be a SOLITARY hobby. It’s one thing to risk your own lives. Just don’t lure others to commit suicide with you!

 

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RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well Covid-19 Vaccines Work!

Take a look at what the massive RECoVaM study revealed about just how well COVID-19 vaccines work!

 

RECoVaM Study : What Is It?

The RECoVaM (Real-world Evaluation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Malaysia) is a large study conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

It was conducted from 1 April until 12 September 2021, involving just over 14.5 million fully-vaccinated individuals in Malaysia, out of an estimated population of 32.7 million.

On 24 November 2021, a peer-reviewed paper on the RECoVaM results (involving a cohort of 1,286,881 participants) was published in the open-access journal, Vaccines.

This is not only a massive study, it is an important one because it gives us a good idea of HOW WELL the three vaccines used in the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) were working.

Let’s take a look at the results…

 

RECoVaM Study : The Good News

The good news is that the RECoVaM study showed that the COVID-19 vaccines have greatly protected fully-vaccinated individuals.

Here is a general summary from the peer-reviewed paper – PICK-ing Malaysia’s Epidemic Apart: Effectiveness of a Diverse COVID-19 Vaccine Portfolio :

  • Full vaccination was 88% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections
  • Full vaccination was 86% effective in preventing symptomatic infections
  • 83% effective in preventing ICU admissions
  • 88% effective in preventing deaths
  • 50.4% of fully-vaccinated individuals admitted to ICU was 60 and above in age
  • 88.6% of fully-vaccinated individuals admitted to the ICU had co-morbidities
  • 76.3% of fully-vaccinated individuals who died was 60 and above in age
  • 92.0% of fully-vaccinated individuals who died had co-morbidities

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of ICU Admissions

COVID-19 vaccines are just self-defence classes for our immune system, but not everyone’s immune system can learn well enough to defend itself.

So even fully-vaccinated people can get infected and some will end up in the ICU. But the RECoVaM data showed the COVID-19 vaccines prevented A LOT of ICU admissions.

Using a subset of the RECoVaM data involving 1.28 million participants, I created this pie chart to show you the distribution of ICU admissions.

As you can see, unvaccinated people or partially-vaccinated people constitute the VAST MAJORITY of ICU admissions – 94%!

During the study period, approximately 44% of the population was partially-vaccinated before becoming fully-vaccinated. Yet they only accounted for just 6% of ICU admissions.

This shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccines were in preventing ICU admissions.

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

Fully vaccinated people can also die from COVID-19. But the RECoVaM data showed that the COVID-19 vaccines prevented A LOT of deaths.

Using RECoVaM data and mortality data from the Ministry of Health, I created this pie chart to show you the distribution of COVID-19 deaths.

As you can see, unvaccinated people or partially-vaccinated people constitute the VAST MAJORITY of COVID-19 deaths – 91.5%!

During the study period, approximately 44% of the population was partially-vaccinated before becoming fully-vaccinated. Yet they only accounted for just 8.5% of COVID-19 deaths.

This shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccines were in preventing COVID-19 deaths.

Even Sinovac CoronaVac Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

The Sinovac vaccine was obviously the least effective at preventing death, but even it greatly cut the risk of dying from COVID-19.

And how do I know that?

Take a look at this table I created to show you just how effective each vaccine was in preventing death, compared to the unvaccinated population.

Vaccine Deaths Mortality
Rate
vs
Sinovac
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Unvaccinated 19,147 0.058554% +13.3x +59.3x +1,368x
Sinovac 1,445 0.004419% Baseline +4.5x +103x
Pfizer 323 0.000988% -4.5x Baseline +23x
AstraZeneca 14 0.000043% -103x -23x Baseline

Sinovac CoronaVac

  • cut risk of death by 92.5%
  • unvaccinated are 13.3x more likely to die

Pfizer COMIRNATY

  • cut risk of death by 98.3%
  • unvaccinated are 59.3x more likely to die

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

  • cut risk of death by 99.9%
  • unvaccinated are 1,368x more likely to die

There is no doubt that taking ANY vaccine would GREATLY cut down your risk of dying from COVID-19.

That is why I wrote earlier this year that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy does not matter as much as its protection against DEATH.

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

 

RECoVaM Study : The Bad News

Waning Effectiveness

COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 infection by triggering our immune system to produce neutralising antibodies. However, antibody levels naturally drop over time.

The RECoVaM study showed that protection against COVID-19 infection wanes 3-5 months after vaccination. This is particularly a problem for Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines.

However, I should point out that while getting protected from an infection is what everyone hopes for, it is far more important that the vaccine protects us from developing severe COVID-19 or dying from it.

In that respect, Pfizer’s protection against COVID-19 infection wanes within 3-5 months, but it still offers great protection against ICU admissions and excellent protection against death.

The Sinovac vaccine though was shown to offer very little protection against COVID-19 infection and ICU admission after just two months or so…

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

That is why Malaysia is now offering a FREE Pfizer booster dose for Sinovac vaccine recipients, just three months after receiving Dose 2.

The Pfizer booster dose will give Sinovac vaccine recipients a much needed boost in protection, bringing it up to par with those who were fortunate enough to get vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer.

So please look out for your booster dose notification, and make sure you get it ASAP!

And I recommend that you get the Pfizer booster dose right now, instead of waiting for a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

That doesn’t mean that if you received other vaccines, you do not need a booster dose.

The waning effectiveness against COVID-19 infections and serious illness mean that EVERYONE should get a booster dose. You just don’t need them as early as Sinovac recipients.

Getting a booster dose will quickly restore your protection against COVID-19. So please get your booster dose as soon as you are eligible!

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

The RECoVaM study has just shown that the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine rapidly drops after 2 months!

Here is what you need to know!

 

RECoVaM Identifies Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Problem

When the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was introduced, it was already known that it was the least efficacious vaccine against symptomatic COVID-19.

However, it was heavily adopted in many countries because it was available, and it offered very good protection against hospitalisation and death.

However, the recent RECoVaM (Real-world Evaluation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Malaysia) study identified a problem with the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine against hospitalisation and death.

The RECoVaM study was conducted from 1 April until 12 September 2021, during which over 14.5 million people in Malaysia were fully vaccinated, out of an estimated population of 32.7 million.

Let’s take a look at the results…

Note : I should point out that the AstraZeneca results in the RECoVaM study may be skewed because it was taken up by a younger part of the population.

ICU Admissions

Despite the Sinovac’s Phase 3 trials showing that it offered very good protection against ICU admissions, the RECoVaM study discovered that a comparably high number of Sinovac recipients ended up in the ICU.

The ICU breakthrough rate of 0.011% may seem very low, but that’s 1 out of 9,000 Sinovac recipients and 5.4x higher than the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccine ICU
Breakthrough
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Sinovac 0.011% +5.4x +144x
Pfizer 0.002% Baseline +21x
AstraZeneca 0.001% -21x Baseline

Deaths

The Sinovac vaccine was good at preventing deaths, but even so – 1 out of 6,700 Sinovac recipients died from COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine, in comparison, was 3x better at preventing deaths.

Vaccine Death
Breakthrough
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Sinovac 0.015% +3.4x +79x
Pfizer 0.005% Baseline +23x
AstraZeneca 0.002% -23x Baseline

 

Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

On 23 November 2021, JKJAV shared an analysis of the RECoVaM data, showing WHY the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was not performing as expected.

The RECoVaM data showed that there was a precipitous drop in Sinovac’s effectiveness against infection and ICU admission after the first two months of full protection.

The Sinovac vaccine’s protection against symptomatic COVID-19 infection dropped from 76% to just 28%, while its protection against ICU admission dropped from 55% to just 28%.

The good news is that it still offers good protection against death at 76%. However, that protection still pales against the protection offered by better vaccines like the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

When we are talking about millions of people getting vaccinated, every 1% in difference means tens of thousands of additional deaths.

That is why Malaysia is now offering a FREE Pfizer booster dose for Sinovac vaccine recipients, just three months after receiving Dose 2.

The Pfizer booster dose will give Sinovac vaccine recipients a much needed boost in protection, bringing it up to par with those who were fortunate enough to get vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer.

So please look out for your booster dose notification, and make sure you get it ASAP!

And I recommend that you get the Pfizer booster dose right now, instead of waiting for a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

 

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Sinovac Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Take It?

Now that the Sinovac booster dose has been approved, can you get it?

If you can’t get it yet, should you WAIT to get a Sinovac booster dose instead of other vaccines?

Updated @ 2021-11-17 : Added Sinovac booster dose approval and updated advice on a Sinovac booster dose.

Updated @ 2021-11-12 : Added more information on Sinovac vaccine efficacy and advice on a Sinovac booster dose.
Originally published @ 2021-11-10

 

Can You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine, before being expanded on 22 October 2021 to those who received the Sinovac vaccine.

Since then, many people have been asking if they can get a booster dose of the Sinovac vaccine instead.

The updated answer is SOON, but not yet.

On 17 November 2021, the Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses for homologous vaccination.

That means Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses will be given to those who earlier received Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines respectively.

However, this does NOT mean the Sinovac booster dose is immediately available.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) will be targeting specific groups to receive these booster doses, which will be detailed later.

Right now, the COVID-19 Booster Dose programme in Malaysia continues to use the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Even people vaccinated with Sinovac will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose.

If you had earlier received the Sinovac vaccine, and are open to receive the Pfizer booster dose, I highly recommend you get yourself on the standby list ASAP.

If CITF-B eventually decides to give only homologous vaccinations for Sinovac, you will lose your chance to get the Pfizer booster dose.

My advice remains the same – don’t wait for the Sinovac booster dose. Get the Pfizer booster dose if it is offered to you.

It is FAR MORE EFFECTIVE, and gives you a big boost in protection, especially if you received the Sinovac vaccine earlier.

Read more : Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy Explained!

 

Should You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, mentioned earlier that people with severe allergies, or who have suffered an allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine earlier, may be offered a booster shot of the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine instead.

Now that the Sinovac vaccine has been approved as a booster dose, should you WAIT to get it?

That very much depends on a number of factors.

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

If you are allergic to the Pfizer vaccine, then you definitely cannot receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will have to get a booster dose of other vaccine types – viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca or Sputnik V, or inactivated virus vaccines like Sinovac or Sinopharm.

But with so many better vaccine options available out there, Sinovac CoronaVac should be your last choice, not your first.

Read more : Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

Are There Better Options?

If you are given the option to switch to Pfizer or AstraZeneca, you should definitely opt for either one over the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Of all the WHO approved vaccines, Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, offering just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

And that was before it was tested against the highly-infectious Delta variant.

In June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian admitted that their inactivated virus vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant.

While Sinovac has tried to push their booster dose as a way to shore up the CoronaVac’s efficacy against the Delta variant, it would be foolish to assume that it offers anything more than a temporary boost in relatively ineffective antibodies.

Even China is moving to use mRNA booster doses for those who received Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, with their own mRNA vaccine called ARCoVAX entering mass production soon.

Read more : Are Chinese Vaccines The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant?

Sinovac / Sinopharm Should Require Three Doses Minimum

On 12 October 2021, WHO experts recommended that those over 60 who received the Sinovac or Sinopharm’s vaccines should be given a third shot.

They notably refrained from calling it a booster dose, suggesting instead that they should be administered as three doses, instead of the recommended two doses, for a primary series vaccine.

This was precisely the same policy adopted by Singapore on 23 October 2021, when their Ministry of Health declared that three doses of the Sinovac vaccine will be REQUIRED for a person to be considered fully-vaccinated.

In other words – two doses isn’t enough to be considered fully-vaccinated for these inactivated virus vaccines.  They have to be taken as three doses MINIMUM.

Even Malaysia’s RECoVaM data show that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is comparatively weak, allowing significantly more breakthrough infections that result in ICU care and deaths.

If you still feel that you prefer to get three Sinovac vaccine doses, instead of using a different vaccine – that’s fine. It is better than not getting a booster shot at all.

The key thing is to GET PROTECTED against COVID-19, by getting fully-vaccinated. If that means three doses of Sinovac, so be it.

My advice remains the same as it did earlier this year. Don’t wait – get the first vaccine (or booster dose) you are offered!

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

 

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