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Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

Is It Safe To Get COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

Your doctor may have told you that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be given with other vaccinations, but that’s NO LONGER TRUE!

Find out why it is safe to take your COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines at the same time!

 

Earlier : Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Within 2 Weeks Of Other Vaccines

The US FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for 12- to 15-year old children (with 100% efficacy!) on 10 May 2021.

At that time, the US CDC recommended avoiding taking the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of other vaccinations.

WHO also recommended an interval of 14 days between the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and any other vaccines.

So parents were urged to catch up on their children’s missed vaccinations, in order to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

 

Now : It Is Safe To Get COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines!

On 12 May 2021, Dr. Kate Woodworth of the CDC’s birth defects division, said that the CDC is changing their earlier advice, and that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered with other vaccines, even on the same day!

At a meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP), she said,

“Extensive experience with non-Covid-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity,” or the ability of a vaccine to provoke an immune response, “and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone,”

On 14 May 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to say that COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines can be administered “without regard to timing“, including on the same day.

The American Academic of Paediatrics also said on the same day that it supports giving childhood vaccines together with the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine + Other Vaccines On The Same Day?

On 2 July 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to recommend that if a patient is receiving multiple vaccines on the same day, each shot should be administered “in a different injection site“.

They also pointed out that the deltoid muscle in adolescents and adults “can be used for more than one intramuscular injection“.

Their best practice for multiple vaccinations in a day include :

  • Label each syringe with the name and the dosage (amount) of the vaccine, lot number, the initials of the preparer, and the exact beyond-use time, if applicable.
  • Separate injection sites by 1 inch or more, if possible.
  • Administer the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines that may be more likely to cause a local reaction (e.g., tetanus-toxoid-containing and adjuvanted vaccines) in different limbs, if possible.

 

US CDC On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

In their updated clinical considerations for COVID-19 vaccines, this was what the US CDC posted on administering it with other vaccines :

Coadministration with other vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines were previously recommended to be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccines. This was out of an abundance of caution and not due to any known safety or immunogenicity concerns. However, substantial data have now been collected regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by FDA for use under EUA. Although data are not available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone.

COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days. It is unknown whether reactogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine is increased with coadministration, including with other vaccines known to be more reactogenic, such as adjuvanted vaccines or live vaccines. When deciding whether to coadminister another vaccine(s) with COVID-19 vaccines, providers should consider whether the patient is behind or at risk of becoming behind on recommended vaccines, their risk of vaccine-preventable disease (e.g., during an outbreak or occupational exposures), and the reactogenicity profile of the vaccines.

If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site. For adolescents and adults, the deltoid muscle can be used for more than one intramuscular injection.

 

WHO On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

On 21 October 2021, the WHO updated its advice on co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines :

WHO considers that coadministration of an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine and any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is acceptable, given that the known risk of serious illness for adults infected with influenza virus or SARS-CoV-2 is substantial.

While there is no theoretical concern, WHO recommends using the contralateral limb for injection, when the two vaccines are administered during the same visit, to minimize any perceived risk. Continued pharmacovigilance monitoring of coadministration of the two vaccines is recommended. 

 

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Please Ignore Extra MySejahtera Booster Dose Appointment!

Malaysians have been getting extra booster dose appointment notifications in MySejahtera.

Find out what’s going on, and why you should ignore them!

 

Extra MySejahtera Booster Dose Appointment?!

Malaysians have recently been receiving extra booster dose notifications out of the blue, even though they :

  • had already received their booster dose; or
  • are parents or guardians of children / adolescents under 18 years of age.

Many received the SMS notification about the extra booster dose, while some actually received a new booster dose appointment in MySejahtera.

Read more : MySejahtera Vaccine Certificate Missing? Here’s The Fix!

 

Please IGNORE Extra MySejahtera Booster Dose Appointment!

On 23 March 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the MySejahtera appointment system had a technical issue, accidentally sending out those extra booster dose notifications.

If you get these extra booster dose appointments, please just IGNORE THEM if :

  • you have already received your booster dose, or
  • you are the parents / guardians for children or adolescents under 18 years of age

If you already accepted and set an appointment for your fourth dose (extra booster dose), or a booster dose for your children or adolescent under 18 years of age, please CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT.

Currently, KKM only recommends giving the COVID-19 booster dose to adults 18 years and above. They also have not approved a second booster dose or fourth dose to adults.

Please note that all PPVs have been alerted about this problem, and will turn away :

  • children or adolescents coming for their booster dose, and
  • individuals coming for their second booster dose / fourth dose

Please help to alert your family and friends about this technical issue with MySejahtera!

 

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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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Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

You can now get the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for your 5-11 year-old kids in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : Approved In Malaysia!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) gave conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

It is also the second vaccine to be approved for use in the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme for children.

Read more : Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

Here is what you need to know about the use of the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids in the PICKids vaccination programme for children.

When Will PICKids Offer Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

PICKids started offering the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids starting 7 March 2022.

What Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids is the SAME as the Sinovac vaccine for adults.

This is an inactivated virus vaccine – which uses real SARS-CoV-2 viruses that have been killed (deactivated) using β-propiolactone, a sterilising agent.

What Is The Dose For Kids?

The dose is the same for kids, as it is for adults – 600 SU (3 µg) of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus ,together with aluminium hydroxide (as adjuvant) in 0.5 ml of phosphate-buffered saline.

Read more : CoronaVac Vaccine by Sinovac – Your Questions Answered!

What Is The Dose Interval

Children 5-11 years in age will receive two doses, with an interval of 4 weeks between each dose.

Where Is The Vaccine Injected?

Just like in adults, the Sinovac vaccine will be injected into the deltoid muscle of the child’s shoulder.

Who Qualifies For Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Malaysia Ministry of Health recommends the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccine of choice for children 5-11 years in age.

However, they will offer the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine to :

  • children who cannot receive the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for health reasons
  • children who do not have co-morbidities
  • children whose parents refuse to allow them to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids – What You Need To Know!

Who Must NOT Take Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

Children who are 5-11 years in age must NOT take the Sinovac vaccine if they have :

  • a history of allergy to any ingredient used in the manufacture of the Sinovac vaccine
  • a severe reaction to the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine
  • severe neurological diseases like transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases
  • uncontrolled chronic diseases

Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Offered For Free?

The Sinovac vaccine is offered for FREE at all COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (PPVs) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health and ProtectHealth.

The Sinovac vaccine is also available in private clinics and hospitals as a paid vaccination option.

Where Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Being Offered?

Parents or guardians can register their children for the vaccine through the MySejahtera app. The appointment will be issued through the parent’s / guardian’s MySejahtera app.

Parents or guardians can also bring their children to selected PPVs to walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more : Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs in Malaysia!

Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Who Received Pfizer Vaccine

Children who experienced a serious reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children, can receive one dose of the Sinovac vaccine as their second dose, 4 weeks after the first dose.

Children Who Miss Their Vaccine Appointment

Children who miss their appointments, or are not able to make it for health or other unforeseen circumstances, can cancel their appointments and book a new one.

Potential Side Effects Of Sinovac Vaccine

Most side effects of the Sinovac vaccine are mild and temporary, with recovery in just a few days without treatment.

They include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.

When Can Infected Children Get Vaccinated?

Children can get vaccinated against COVID-19, after they fully recover from COVID-19 – at least 14 days after they are infected, and have already completed their isolation.

Read more : When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval of the Sinovac vaccine will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, they did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

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

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

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Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs In Malaysia!

Here is the full list of PICKids PPVs across Malaysia, where you can bring your kids to walk-in for their free COVID-19 vaccination!

 

PICKids COVID-19 Vaccination Open For Walk-In / Booking!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that from 1 March 2022 onwards, parents will be able to bring their children for COVID-19 vaccination at selected PICKids PPVs.

This will allow parents to vaccinate their children at their own convenience during the school holidays.

Those who prefer to book an appointment via MySejahtera can also do so, from 7 March 2022 onwards. Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Click here for our step-by-step guide.

Read more : How To Select PICKids PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

 

Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs In Malaysia!

On 3 March 2022, the Ministry of Health unveiled the full list of PICKids vaccine PPVs in Malaysia that will accept parents who walk-in with their kids for the free COVID-19 vaccination.

I created this table so that you can search for the PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) closest to you.

Some of these PPVs also accept walk-in for adult booster dose, as well as PICKids child vaccinations.

State PPV Walk-In Allowed
Perlis Masjid Alwi Offsite PPV
Kubang Gajah Offsite PPV
Kampung Gial Offsite PPV
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Kedah SP Plaza Offsite PPV
Kulim KK
Serdang KK
Bandar Baharu KK
Kuala Ketil PPV
Kuala Nerang KKIA
Pedu KK
Naka KK
Lubuk Merbau KK
PKD Sik Seminar Room
PKD Pendang Lobby
Ayer Hitam KK
Jitra Health Complex
Bukit Lada Community Centre
Simpang Empat KK
Kuala Kedah KK
Poliklinik Pertama, Kota Setar
Klinik Faisal, Kota Setar
Padang Matsirat KK Quarters
Guar Cempadak KK
PICKids Only
Penang Tapak Pesta (Fair Grounds)
Sunshine Bayan Baru
Seberang Jaya Expo Grounds
Sunshine Bertam
Bandar Cassia MPKK Hall
PICKids Only
Perak Seri Mercu Kuala Kangsar PPV
Marina Hall PPV, Manjung
Kampung Dato Kmaruddin Hall PPV
SK Taman Jana LMS PPV
Sri Iskandar KK
Kampung Gajah KK
Silveritage Ipoh PPV
Taman Mercu Multipurpose Hall PPV
Angsana Hall PPV
PICKids Only
Selangor IDCC
Soka Gakai PPV
PICKids Only
(2-15 March)
Tulip Hall PPV, Kampung Bukit Naga
Subang Parade Offsite PPV
Poliklinik Prima Offsite PPV
Mines 2 Convention Center PPV
Emporis Offsite PPV
Paradigm Mall Offsite PPV
D’Network PPV
Bandar Utama Centrepoint PPV
Da Men Mall Offsite PPV
Melur Hall PPV
Taman Bukit Mewah PPV
Ampang Mewah PPV
BMC Mall Offsite PPV
Zain Azrai PPV, Bukit Idaman
Dahlia Medical Group PPV, Taman Bidara
Dahlia Medical Group PPV, Taman Desa Bakti
LRT 3 Training Centre PPV
Klang Parade Offsite PPV
AEON Mall Offsite PPV
Kuala Langat Sports Complex PPV
Kg. Assam Jawa PPV
Sg. Terap PPV
Sg. Choh PPV
Hulu Yam Bharu Offsite PPV
Seri Bernam Offsite PPV
IOI City Tower 1 PPV
Sepang International Circuit PPV
MMU Cyberjaya PPV
PICKids
(Sat & Sun only)
Kuala Lumpur Axiata Arena PPV
WTCKL PPV
PICKids Only
Negeri Sembilan Jelebu KK
Pertang KK
Simpang Durian KK
Chennah KK
Kiara Mall Bharu PPV, Jempol
Kuala Pilah KK
Johol KK
Juaseh KK
Terachi KK
Padang Lebar KK
Seri Meranti KK
Port Dickson KK (Kriss Hall)
Seri Rembau PPV
Rembau KK
Mesa Mall PPV, Nilai
Seremban Centre Point PPV
Tampin Perdana PPV
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Lukut KK
Pasir Panjang KK
Bukit Pelanduk KK
PICKids Only
Melaka Melaka Mall PPV
Kipmall PPV
Encore PPV
Japerun PPV, Alor Gajah
UITM Alor Gajah PPV
Jasin Police Centre PPV
Datuk Hj Ahmad Ithnin PPV, Merlimau
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Johor Persada Convention Centre PPV
Austin Convention Centre PPV
Seri Alam Hall PPV
AEON Bandar Dato Onn PPV
Holiday Plaza PPV
Dewan Kota Masai PPV
Sentosa Plaza PPV
Muar KK
BP Mall PPV
Segamat KK
Bandar IOI KK
Labis KK
Buloh Kasap KK
Mersing Harbour Centre PPV
AEON Big Kluang PPV
Kluang Parade PPV
Simpang Renggam PPV
Jalan Mengkibol PPV
Arena Segitiga PPV
Kulim Safety Training & Services PPV
Sg. Sibol PPV
KKIA PPV, Jalan Tun Habab
Taman Seri Sentosa PPV, Pekan Nenas
Hj Othman PPV, Pt. Kudus
AEON Mall Kulai PPV
Che Ai Khor PPV
Ji Guan Restaurant PPV
SK Ledang
Intan Tangkak Hall PPV
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Li Garden PPV
City Plaza PPV
KSL City PPV
Mediviron PPV
Taman Universiti PPV
PICKids Only
Pahang Eng Choon Hall
Api Larat Hall
Perak Jubilee Hall, Raub
Tun Razak Hall
Metakab Health Training Centre
PICKids +
Booster Dose
PBM Karak Hall
Uni Klinik IM2 PPV
Kuala Rompin Hall
PICKids Only
Terengganu Cheneh KK
Air Puteh KK
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PICKids +
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Booster Dose
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Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

Malaysia just approved the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced that the 370th Drug Control Authority meeting has agreed to give conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

The conditional approval is for CoronaVac Suspension for Injection COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) manufactured by both Sinovac Life Sciences Co. Ltd. in China, as well as Pharmaniaga Lifescience Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the KKM ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

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

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems unlikely that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

I believe KKM will continue to use the superior Pfizer vaccine in the PICKids vaccination program, while allowing hesitant parents to get the Sinovac vaccine for their children through private clinics and hospitals.

This may be the best way forward for everyone.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Test + Isolation Rules : 25 Feb 2022

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just updated its COVID-19 test and isolation rules to combat the Omicron variant surge!

 

New COVID-19 Testing Rules To Fight Omicron Surge In Malaysia!

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced new test rules to combat the Omicron variant surge.

  1. Those who are symptomatic should immediately take a COVID-19 test, whether PCR or RAT.
  2. The test result, whether positive or negative, should be reported in MySejahtera.
  3. If you get a positive result on your rapid antigen test (RAT), there is no need to confirm the diagnosis using PCR. The positive RAT test result is good enough.

On 17 February 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) clarified the testing rules for close contacts :

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you must finish the full quarantine period.
  • If you test positive, you must follow the COVID-19 positive protocol.

On 25 February 2022, KKM updated testing requirements for individuals with Cat 1 and Cat 2A COVID-19.

 

New Isolation + Hospitalisation Rules To Fight Omicron Surge In Malaysia!

Here are also the new rules on home isolation and hospitalisation for people who test positive for COVID-19, as of 25 February 2022.

First, let me clarify some of the terms for COVID-19 positive individuals :

  • Category 1 : patients who are asymptomatic (have no symptoms)
  • Category 2A : patients who have mild symptoms
  • Category 2B : patients who have moderate symptoms
  • Low Risk : patients who are less than 60 years old, and do not have co-morbidities
  • High Risk : patients who are 60 years and above, or have co-morbidities
Category 2A
(Mild Symptoms)
Category 2B
(Moderate Symptoms)
Sore throat or flu symptoms,
without fever or breathing difficulties
Prolonged fever for 2 days or more,
or developing a new fever
Cough without fever or
breathing difficulties
Breathing difficulty during physical activity
(Exertional dyspnoea)
Loss of taste, but with good appetite Chest pain
Loss of smell Loss of appetite
Diarrhoea 1-2 times in 24 hours Feeling tired during daily activities,
or on waking up from sleep
Vomitting or feeling nauseous Need help to walk
Tired, but can perform daily activities Worsening symptoms (cough, nausea,
vomiting, or persistent diarrhoea)
Muscle ache, but can perform daily tasks Declining mental acuity
Reduced urine output in the last 24 hours

COVID-19 Positive (Cat 1, Cat 2A, Low Risk)

  1. You should NOT go to the CAC (COVID-19 Assessment Centre), unless specifically requested through MySejahtera, SMS or a phone call.
  2. You must isolate at home for 7 days if you do not have symptoms (Cat 1), and are fully-vaccinated.
  3. You must isolate at home for 10 days, if you are symptomatic, or are unvaccinated / not fully-vaccinated.
  4. You must perform self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app TWICE a day. Updated!
    a) before 12 PM
    b) before 6 PM
  5. You will receive an SMS or a robocall (Automated Voice Recording) in case you forget to perform the self-assessment.

COVID-19 Positive (Cat 2B and above)

  1. You must go to the CAC (COVID-19 Assessment Centre) for assessment, to determine if you need to go to the nearest hospital. Updated!
  2. Those who are not sent to the hospital must isolate at home for 10 days, and perform self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app. Updated!

Read more : New Quarantine Rules For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Effective
17 February
Fully Vaccinated
with / without
Booster Dose
Unvaccinated or
Partially Vaccinated
Isolation Period 7 Days 10 Days

COVID-19 Positive High-Risk Group (Cat 1 + Cat 2)

On 17 February 2022, KKM announced that the following patients are considered high-risk, and will be hospitalised even if they are Category 1 or Category 2.

  • Have medical co-morbidities – diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension
  • Diagnosed with other non-contagious disease that are uncontrolled / untreated
  • Caretaker of paediatric or geriatric patient
  • Obstetric cases that require monitoring
  • Admissions through the emergency ward
  • Live in homes that are not conducive for self-quarantine
  • Immunocompromised patients (HIV, undergoing chemotherapy)
  • Children who have :
    a) dehydration
    b) prolonged fever and fatigue
    c) chronic disease
    d) no guardian

Close Contact

  1. If you do not have symptoms, there is no need to go to the CAC, or take a COVID-19 test. You will be given a digital HSO (Home Surveillance Order) to isolate at home.
  2. Adults 18 Years & Above
    a) No quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals with booster dose, without symptoms on Day 1. But must conduct RTK self-test on Day 1 and Day 3, and if positive – report results in MySejahtera, and follow COVID-19 positive protocol
    b) No quarantine for people who were fully-vaccinated, or recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
    c) 5 days for fully-vaccinated individuals with booster dose, but symptomatic on Day 1.
    d) 5 days for fully-vaccinated individuals without booster dose
    e) 7 days for unvaccinated / not fully-vaccinated individuals
  3. If you have symptoms, you must immediately self test for COVID-19.
    a) the test result must be reported in the MySejahtera app.
    b) you must conduct daily self-assessment using the Health Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app.
    c) if test is positive, you must follow COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.
    d) if test is negative, you must finish the full quarantine period

Read more : New Quarantine Rules For Close Contact / COVID-19 Positive!

Effective
1 March 2022
On Day 1 Quarantine
Period
Testing
Fully-Vaccinated
+ Booster Dose
No symptoms None RTK-Ag self-test
on Day 1 + 3
Symptomatic 5 Days RTK-Ag self-test
if symptomatic
Recovered in last 60 days None
Fully Vaccinated Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 5 Days *
Recovered in last 60 days None
Incomplete or
No
Vaccination
Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 7 Days *

* No test is required to be released from quarantine, if not symptomatic. However, you must complete the full quarantine period.

 

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Malaysia HCW Close Contacts No Longer Required To Isolate!

Healthcare workers in Malaysia will no longer be required to isolate themselves on being identified as close contacts!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia HCW Close Contacts No Longer Required To Isolate!

On 17 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin announced a change in the Close Contact policy for healthcare workers in Malaysia.

Due to the Omicron surge occurring now, many people are being identified as a close contact of COVID-19 patients every day. This causes huge disruptions to the economy and management of human resources.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health has now issued a circular, introducing a new protocol for healthcare workers.

Healthcare workers in Malaysia will no longer be required to isolate once they are identified as a close contact, if they are not symptomatic. Instead, they will undergo COVID-19 tests on certain days.

This new protocol will apply to healthcare workers in both public and private sectors. If it works well, it may eventually be implemented for everyone else in Malaysia.

 

Why Are HCW Close Contacts No Longer Required To Isolate?

The current self-quarantine period for fully-vaccinated healthcare workers are 5-7 days, depending on whether they received their booster dose.

As it is very easy to become a close contact during this Omicron wave, too many healthcare workers will end up in isolation and detrimentally affect the healthcare system’s ability to handle the surge of patients.

The new protocol will ensure that healthcare workers are not unnecessarily stuck in self-isolation, simply because they come into close contact with a COVID-19 patient.

For those on the frontline – that is literally what they do every day – come into close contact with COVID-19 patients that they treat.

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PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Find out how to select the PPV and time slot to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children under the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme!

 

You Can Now Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

You can now select the most convenient PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children!

This option is currently limited to the Klang Valley, and these are the available PPVs you can select from.

Mega PPVs : Starting 3 February 2022

  • World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL)
  • Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil
  • Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Shah Alam

Offsite + Outreach PPVs : Starting 5 February 2022

  • Dahlia Medical Group Offsite PPV
  • Zain Azrai (Bukit Idaman) Offsite PPV
  • Sg. Choh Community Hall PPV
  • Dahlia Medical Group Taman Bidara Offsite PPV
  • Wyndham Hotel Klang (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Klang Parade Offsite PPV
  • Mutiara Subang (Klinik Siti) Offsite PPV
  • Poliklinik Prima Offsite PPV
  • IOI City Tower 1 Offsite PPV
  • International Youth Center PPV
  • Paradigm Mall Offsite PPV
  • Bandar Utama Centrepoint PPV
  • Subang Parade PPV
  • MDKS Saujana Utama Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Da Men Mall Offsite PPV
  • SS15 Subang Jaya Multipurpose Hall PPV
  • Grand Season Hotel (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Seri Bernam Hall (MIOSH) Offsite PPV
  • Ampang Mewah Public Hall PPV
  • Seroja Multipurpose Hall, Putra Perdana, Offsite PPV
  • Kota Damansara Multipurpose Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Port Klang Authority (IHeal Medical Centre) Offsite PPV
  • AEON Mall Bukit Raja (Poliklinik Perdana) Offsite PPV
  • Emporis Primer Cherang Clinic Kota Damansara Offsite PPV (24 hours)
  • Mines 2 Convention Centre (IHeal Medical Centre) Outreach PPV

 

PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Before you follow these steps, please make sure that you have already registered your 5-11 year-old children for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Scroll down for our step-by-step guide.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to version 1.1.6 or later.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option.

Step 4 : In the Vaccination screen, tap on Vaccine for [your Dependent’s name]

Step 5 : In your child’s Vaccination screen, tap on Click here to book your dependent’s appointment.

If you do not see it yet, don’t worry. They are opening up bookings in stages. Just wait until the link appears.

Step 6 : Select the vaccine type – Pfizer (Children), and tap OK.

Step 7 : Enter your postcode or preferred PPV name and tap on the Search button.

Step 8 : Select the nearest or most convenient PPV and your preferred time slot, and tap Confirm. You will now be taken to the Appointment Confirmed! page.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

Step 9 : Go back to your child’s vaccination status page, and you should now see the appointment set for the PPV and time slot of your choice. Tap on Click here to submit your dependent’s digital consent.

Step 10 : Go through the digital consent form, and select any medical history pertinent to your child.

Step 11 : Make sure you tick the checkbox for I hereby declare that I agree to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination Injection

Step 12 : Check to make sure the information is correct, and tap Confirm.

That’s it! The COVID-19 vaccination appointment for your 5-11 year-old child has now been confirmed.

If you made any mistake, you can tap on Click here to cancel your dependent appointment. You can then reschedule your child’s vaccination appointment.

Read more : What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

 

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Malaysia Sets Price Limits For Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines!

The government of Malaysia just set price limits for the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Sinovac + Sinopharm Price Complaints : What’s Going On?

For some time now, people have been complaining about the prices of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, which ranged from RM95 to RM190 per dose.

Some even claimed that the Malaysian government used taxpayer’s money to purchase the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, and questioned why they had to pay through the nose for them.

It should be pointed out that the Malaysian government offers FREE COVID-19 vaccination under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK).

They are only offering the public the option to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine of their choice at private hospitals and clinics.

 

Malaysia Sets Price Limits For Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines!

After complaints of excessively high prices for Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, the government of Malaysia looked into the issue.

In a 13 January 2022 announcement, they agreed that the prices of COVID-19 vaccines offered by the private sector was too high, and set price limits for both vaccines.

Vaccine Maximum Price
Per Dose
Wholesale Retail
Sinovac CoronaVac RM 62 RM 77
Sinopharm COVILO RM 49 RM 61

These price limits will take effect on Saturday, 15 January 2022, and do NOT include service charge and the cost of disposables used during the administration of the vaccine.

They also reminded the public that all private health facilities that were licensed to offer such private purchase vaccination are required to publicise their COVID-19 vaccine prices, so the public can easily make price comparisons.

The Malaysian government will continuously monitor the import and market price, and adjust the price limits over time.

Action will be taken against individuals or companies that fail to comply with these rules and price limits, under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

  • Individual : Fine of up to RM100,000, or jail not exceeding three years, or both, or a RM50,000 compound
  • Company : Find of up to RM500,000, or a compound of up to RM250,000

The public should submit complaints about any breaches to the Ministry of Health’s Public Complaints Management System (SISPAA) at https://moh.spab.gov.my.

 

Sinovac + Sinopharm Price Limits : Cheaper, Not Better

Now, I’m very happy that the government has finally set price limits for these vaccines. They were really expensive.

But even though these vaccines are now cheaper, they are still no better than they were before.

The truth is – Sinovac CoronaVac is not a good COVID-19 vaccine, which is why the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) no longer offers it.

Even when it was first approved, the Sinovac vaccine offered just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19. It was literally, the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine in the world.

The massive RECoVaM study recently showed that its limited efficacy dropped precipitously after two months, with a big drop in protection against hospitalisation.

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

When we lacked access to better vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the Sinovac vaccine was better than nothing.

But now that Malaysia has access to far superior COVID-19 vaccines, why should we settle for less effective vaccines?

Best of all – the government is offering superior COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca for FREE!

So great, these vaccines are now cheaper… but why on Earth should you pay for less effective vaccines?

Do the smart thing – get vaccinated under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) for FREE!

 

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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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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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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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COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List : How To Register?

You are now allowed to register for the COVID-19 vaccine standby list across Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Everyone Can Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List!

On 16 November 2021, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) announced that EVERYONE will be allowed to register for the vaccine standby list at private COVID-19 vaccination centres across the country!

When Will This Begin?

The COVID-19 vaccine standby list starts officially on Monday, 22 November 2021.

Who Is Allowed To Register For Standby List?

If you are one of these individuals, you can register for the standby list :

  • individuals eligible for the booster dose * who have NOT received an appointment :
    – Frontliners
    – Individuals aged 40 years and above
    – Individuals aged 18 years and older with co-morbidities
    – Long-term care facilities individuals (staff and residents)
    – Pregnant mothers
    – Those travelling abroad
  • individuals (including adolescents 12-17 years old) who have not yet received the first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccination, and
  • individuals who missed their vaccination appointments

If you have already received your MySejahtera appointments, you should NOT register for this standby list. Please proceed for your appointment.

* Currently, only those who received these vaccines are eligible for the booster dose :

  • individuals who had Dose 2 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine more than 6 months earlier, or
  • individuals who had Dose 2 of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine more than 3 months earlier.

Read more : Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy Updated!

Is It FREE?

Yes, registration for the standby list at private PPV facilities is FREE.

The COVID-19 vaccine is also provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

What Vaccine Is Provided?

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine will be provided at the listed PPVs.

While the AstraZeneca and Sinovac booster doses have been approved by the DCA, it will be up to CITF-B to decide who and when should receive those booster doses.

Until CITF-B announces their decision, only Pfizer-BioNTech booster doses will be administered.

Read more : AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Approved In Malaysia!

How To Register For The Standby List?

To register to be part of the standby list, here’s what you need to do :

  1. Identify the nearest (or most convenient) private PPV to you (use this Find Vaccination Centres (PPV) page).
  2. You can walk-in, call the vaccination centre (PPV), or even email them to register for their standby list.

To avoid double-booking, you should only register at ONE (1) PPV of a private health facility.

Standby List, Not Priority List

Please note that this is a standby list, not a priority list. Even though it’s said you can “walk-in”, you MAY NOT necessarily get vaccinated on the spot.

That’s because the COVID-19 vaccines are currently being prioritised for these groups :

You will only be given your vaccination if there are spare doses, which can happen when people cancel or don’t show up for their appointments.

If there are no spare doses, you will be registered for the standby list, and you will be contacted when there are spare doses.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List : Why It’s Necessary…

This COVID-19 vaccine standby list programme was announced just one week after Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that about 40% of those given appointments for their booster dose did NOT show up!

This shocking low uptake of the Pfizer booster dose is troubling, because it means the vulnerable population is not being adequately protected, and precious vaccine doses are being wasted.

It is therefore not a surprise that the government is opening up this standby list, which would allow them to reduce wastage of the Pfizer vaccine, and speed up vaccination of those who have yet to get protected against COVID-19.

The poor response is very likely due to strenuous efforts by anti-vaccination activists to spread fake news about the Pfizer booster dose. I addressed some of these fake news in these articles :

Please take a look at those fact checks, and share them with your family.

It is critical that they are aware that much of what’s being shared on social media are fake news.

Antivaxxers do NOT care about your health, or your family’s lives. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 3 SOP as well!

For Phase 1 SOP, please see PPN 1 SOP : 25 August 2021 Edition!
For Phase 2 SOP, please see PPN 2 SOP : 11 October Edition!
For Phase 4 SOP, please see PPN 4 SOP : 7 November Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : Where Does It Apply?

This Phase 3 SOP currently applies to Sarawak and Kelantan.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 11 October Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (11 October 2021) for Phase 3, followed by our English translation.

Note : We are still working on the 7 November video, which will be posted shortly…

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : 7 November Edition!

This is the new National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP that was released on 7 November 2021.

Fully Vaccinated Definition

Under this SOP, you are only considered fully-vaccinated if you meet these requirements :

  • For vaccines that require two doses (like the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines), the individual must exceed 14 days after receiving the second dose.
  • For vaccines that require only one dose (like the Johnson & Johnson and CanSino vaccines), the individual must exceed 28 days after receiving the second dose.

For individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical reasons, they must produce a medical report that has been verified by a registered medical practitioner.

General Health Protocol In Phase 3 Areas

  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years or younger are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good VENTILATION at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Benefits For Fully Vaccinated People In Phase 3 Areas

Interstate Travel

  • Interstate travel is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals by showing the digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, and identity card / passport as evidence.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and below, subject to public health protocols.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Overseas Travellers

  • Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
    – Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days of departure
    – Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
    – Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
    – Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine
  • Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.
  • The mandatory quarantine for overseas travellers is 7 days at home (if appropriate) or quarantine station for fully-vaccinated individuals, and 10 days in a quarantine station for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • Travellers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (7 or 10 days after arrival).
  • Travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival.

Monitoring For Close Contacts

  • 7 day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • 10 day home quarantine for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.

Test & Release (R&T) Protocol

  • The pilot program for the test & release (T&R) protocol is limited to this group of low-risk travellers arriving from overseas, with strict travel plans / itinerary for official visits :
    a) National figure
    b) Minister
    c) Deputy Minister
    d) Chief Minister
    e) State EXCO member
    f) Members of Parliament
    g) Government official
  • The requirements for this programme include :
    – submitting an application with supporting documents to MKN and KKM for approval
    – undergoing a PCR test 3 days before returning to Malaysia
    – undergoing a PCR test on arrival in Malaysia

Dine-In

  • Restaurant operator including in hotel, sports and recreational club house, food establishment, food stall, food truck, roadside vendor, mobile vendor, food court, hawker centre, and food kiosk are ALLOWED to provide dine-in services, subject to these conditions :
    – Only accept fully-vaccinated customers who are not symptomatic.
    – Premise owners MUST display a notice on accepting fully-vaccinated customers who are not symptomatic at the entrance.
    – Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and not symptomatic are allowed to work.
    – Premise owners must arrange the tablets to ensure physical distance, and the premise must have good ventilation.
    – Dine-in activities with physical distancing of at least 1 meter is subject to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) SOP for Phase 3.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years or younger to dine-in at these premises, while complying with general health protocols.

Sports + Recreation

  • All sports and recreational activities with physical contact performed OUTDOORS are LIMITED to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate with activities that require physical touch for fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are under 18 years old of age, subject to strict SOP. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 80%.
  • All sports and recreational activities, with or without physical contact, performed INDOORS are LIMITED to individuals who are fully-vaccinated, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are ALLOWED to operate with activities that require physical touch at up to 50% capacity, LIMITED to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are under 18 years old of age, subject to strict SOP. Worker capacity (both management and operations) cannot exceed 80%.
  • Group sports and recreational activities / training (without or without contact) are limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and their children who are below 18 years of age, with supervision and limited to 50% capacity of the venue / area, or up to 250 persons at any one time, including the coach / instructor / parents, whichever is fewer.
  • Competitions or championships, with or without contact, are only allowed WITH PERMISSION from the Sports Commission Office (PPS).
  • Competitions or championships or mass sports events are only allowed WITH PERMISSION from PPS, limited to no more than 250 people at any one time for sports like triathlon, open water swimming, marathon, trail run, obstacle run and so on. Updated!
  • International competitions or championships using the Sports Bubble model are subject to KBS approval only.
  • Spectator / supporter presence at sports and recreational venues are limited to 30% of capacity or 10,000 people (whichever is lower), and limited to fully-vaccinated individuals and children. However, children under 18 are not allowed to enter if they are not fully-vaccinated. Updated!
  • The operation of both OUTDOOR and INDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the rules of the local authorities / relevant authorities.
  • Entry of foreign athlete / coach / official / technical support into Malaysia is subject to the rules governing entry of foreigners into Malaysia.
  • Everyone must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Recreational Fishing

  • Recreational fishing, including in fishing ponds, is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals from 6 AM until 12 midnight.

Picnic + Camping

  • Picnic and camping are ALLOWED.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children 18 years and younger for such activities, subject to strict SOP.

Tourism

  • Interstate tourism is ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to undertake tourism activities, by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card when checking in.
  • Hotel and homestay operators must ensure that individuals who enter their premises prove that they are fully-vaccinated by showing their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card.
  • Individuals who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to bring their children who are 18 years or younger for tourism activities at the hotel and homestay.
  • Visits by prior appointment are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals to public cultural premises like museum, gallery, archive, handicraft centre, memorial, library and cultural complex, cultural village or center, cultural shows, up to 50% capacity.
  • Tourism centre / premise / product like zoo, farm, aquarium, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and jungle are allowed to operate on the condition that all operators and visitors / guests are fully-vaccinated.
  • Theme parks and family entertainment centres are allowed to operate with up to 50% capacity, on the condition that the operators, employees and customers are fully-vaccinated.
  • It is encouraged to undergo a COVID-19 screening test when conducting these activities. New!

Cruise Ships

  • Cruise ships are ALLOWED to operate at 50% capacity, on the condition that all crew members and passengers are fully-vaccinated.
  • Pub and night club activities onboard are FORBIDDEN.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Manufacturing, Construction, Mining + Quarrying

  • For manufacturing, construction mining and quarrying companies that achieved these fully vaccinated rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity
  • Workers must undergo RTK antigen tests every two weeks, at employer’s cost

Trade + Distribution

  • Only open to fully-vaccinated customers :
    1. Photographic equipment and photography shop
    2. Preloved (second hand) shop
    3. Flower and nursery shop
    4. Handicraft and souvenir shop
    5. Antique shop
    6. Games shop
    7. Carpet shop
    8. Creative content and equipment shop
    9. Outdoor equipment (including camping, fishing and other equipment)
    10. Cosmetics, skincare and perfume
    11. Tobacco shop (including vape and electronic cigarette)
    12. House and kitchen appliance shop
    13. Furniture shop
    14. Sporting goods shop
    15. Car accessories shop
    16. Car sales and distribution
    17. Clothes, fashion and accessories shop
    18. Jewellery shop
    19. Barber shop
    20. Beauty salon / center
    21. House show room
  • Premise owners must ensure that customers who wish to enter MUST show their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to bring children who are 18 years old or younger to these premises.

Spa, Wellness + Massage Parlours

  • Spa, wellness and massage parlours are ALLOWED to operate, on the condition that both customers and operators are fully-vaccinated.
  • Employees and customers must be fully-vaccinated, not COVID-19 positive and not close contacts to positive cases, and not symptomatic.
  • Walk-in is not allowed. Only customers with prior appointments are allowed.
  • Employees must wear disposable gloves, face mask and face shield while at work.
  • Employees must replace their disposable gloves, liners for the bed or mattress or chair, and clean all equipment including face shield before attending to each customer.
  • The ventilation system must be maintained according to schedule.
  • MOTAC will monitor these conditions :
    – spa operators must declare how many employees are fully-vaccinated to MOTAC before they are allowed to operate
    – SOP Self-Compliance Program, especially ventilation within the premise.
    – MOTAC will monitor compliance by conducting periodical spot checks
    – COVID-19 screening test of symptomatic employees

Driving School

  • Driving schools are ALLOWED to operate, with the condition that all workers, teaching staff and candidates must be fully-vaccinated, with COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate or card as evidence.
  • Only employees who are fully-vaccinated and asymptomatic are allowed

Creative + Entertainment Industry

  • All creative industry practitioners who are fully-vaccinated are ALLOWED to resume these activities :
    – development and broadcast of recorded or live-streamed creative content
    – broadcast or livestream of information and entertainment with fully-vaccinated spectators up to 70% capacity of the studio space.
    – in-studio or outdoor filming
    – busking
    – lounge hotel performances to fully-vaccinated guests
    – live performances like theatre, musical, music and comedy (pre-registered) with fully-vaccinated attendees up to 70% of premise capacity.
  • Cinema activities are ALLOWED with fully-vaccinated workers and cinema goers, up to 80% of cinema capacity.
  • Must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Government + Private Official Events

  • Official events by the government or private sector, including inaugurations and so on, are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

MICE

  • Seminar, workshop, course, training and talk are allowed, subject to these conditions :
    – Organisers and participants must be fully-vaccinated, not positive for COVID-19, not close contact to positive cases and not symptomatic.
    – Individuals who have not been vaccinated must undergo pre-event testing using a (saliva) self-test kit before attending, witnessed by the organiser or a medical practitioner.
    – Limited to 50% capacity of the event space.
    – Only packed food is allowed to be provided.

Travel Restrictions In Phase 3 Areas

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • The area will be controlled by the police (PDRM), with help from ATM, APM and RELA.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are ALLOWED to travel in vehicles at full capacity. Individuals are allowed to bring children who are 18 years and below.
  • For those who are not fully-vaccinated :
    – Only three (3) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities.
    – Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides can travel at maximum capacity.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (including worker transportation) are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours.
  • Sea and land public transportation like bus, express bus, ferry are allowed to operate at full capacity.
  • Unloading of goods at premises, factories and ports are ALLOWED.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

Civil Service

  • Subject to the current orders by the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia.
  • Civil service will operate in hybrid mode with this approach :
    – Office attendance must not exceed 80% at any one time (except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement), and 20% must work from home, in rotation.
    – Counter services are subject to the current orders from the Secretary to the Government of Malaysia (KSN).
    – Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Employee interstate travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector is limited to 80%.
  • All offices not listed under essential services are allowed to operate at these vaccination rates :
    a) 80% to 100% : Allowed to operate at 100% worker capacity
    b) Less than 80% : Allowed to operate at 80% worker capacity

Meetings

  • Face-to-face meeting are ALLOWED for fully-vaccinated individuals, limited to 50% of meeting room capacity.
  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.
  • It is encouraged to conduct meetings through video conferencing.
  • Critical interviews are ALLOWED either face-to-face or online.

Business Activities In Phase 3 Areas

  • Restaurants (including in hotel, sports and recreation club house), food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Sale of food only allowed through takeaway, drive-through or delivery, except dine-in services for fully-vaccinated customers. Dine-in services for social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Petrol stations, including convenience stores inside petrol stations, can operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Rest and Recreation (R&R) operations in all highways are allowed to operate 24 hours.
  • All trade and distribution sectors are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight, or according to their business licence.

  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM.
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 6 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open according to their licensed time, subject to the full vaccination of all employees, complying with the SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Farmer’s market and morning market are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 1 PM.
  • Night markets and weekend markets are ALLOWED to operate according to their licence / permit until 12 midnight, with SOP compliance and monitoring by the authorities including RELA / civil defence.
  • Customers who wish to enter night markets and weekend markets MUST show their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate to prove that they are fully-vaccinated.
  • Agriculture, fisheries, livestock, plantation, commodity and logging, and their supply chains, are ALLOWED to operate.
  • Manufacturing and construction, and their supply chains, are ALLOWED to operate.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP.

Education In Phase 3 Areas

  • All private educational institutes like tuition centres, language centres, skill centre, mind enrichment centre and other institutes registered under the Ministry of Education can conduct face-to-face classes at 50% capacity.
  • Reopening of schools under the Ministry of Education (KPM), or educational institutes registered with KPM for face-to-face learning are based on risk assessment and opinions of the Ministry of Health (KKM) and the National Security Council (MKN).
  • Primary School Reopening
    a) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools and Integrated Special Education Program can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Preschool and private kindergarten students can attend classes without rotation.
    c) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Secondary School Reopening
    a) Form 6 Semester 2, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Year 2 and Pre-University Program Semester 3 students in Malaysia Sports School (SSM) can attend classes without rotation.
    b) Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education / Vocational Schools or PPKI can attend classes without rotation.
    c) Pre-University Program students in SSM (Malaysia Sports School) and students preparing for public examinations like SPM, STAM, SVM, STPM in full boarding schools (SBP), full boarding National Religious Secondary School (SMKA) / Government-Assisted Religious School (SABK), Art School and Sports School can attend classes without rotation.
    d) Students sitting for international IGCSE (International General Certificate for Secondary Education) O Level, A-Level and Australia Higher School Certificate and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme can attend classes without rotation.
    e) Students studying for other International exams can attend classes in rotation.
    f) Students studying for public exams like SPM, STAM, SVM and STPM in day school / private school can attend classes in rotation.
    g) all other students will continue with online classes.
  • Matriculation College
    a) Students of two semester and four semester (Semester 3) systems can attend classes in college or online classes.
    b) Semester 1 students of the four semester system must continue with online learning (PdPR).
  • Teachers College (IPG)
    a) Online learning up to 6/7 November 2021 for PPISMP, PISMP and PDPP students. Face-to-face or hybrid learning at the IPG campus will begin on 7/8 November 2021.
    b) Online learning will continue for PDPM and KDC students. Face-to-face or hybrid learning at the IPG campus will begin on 11/12 December 2021.
  • Students are allowed to travel inter-state to attend school or other education institute with a confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education, MARA or the relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • Students are allowed to be accompanied by a guardian / parent while travelling to and from their school or other education institute.
  • Teachers or lecturers who are involved in face-to-face classes are allowed to travel interstate, with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education.
  • Students who need to travel from Peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak or Labuan and vice versa must comply with existing quarantine rules.
  • Students are allowed to travel interstate to their hostels with confirmation letter from the Ministry of Education / MARA or any relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • Students staying in hostels must test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit three times – before registering to enter, on the 6th day and on the 14th day in their hostel.
  • IPG students are encouraged to test themselves using the COVID-19 Self-Test Kit a day before returning to IPG, or undergo a swab test at a health facility and inform the IPG of the results.
  • Industrial training and skills training centres, including vocational college, TVET and so on are allowed to operate.
  • All schools and skill training institutes other than those under KPM, tahfiz centre and other educational institutes are subject to their relevant Ministry or Agency.
  • All institutes of higher learning will be open in stages to students who are fully-vaccinated.
  • All learning activities in institutes of higher learning – face-to-face, in groups – are allowed for fully-vaccinated students. Hybrid learning will be conducted for students on campus, while online learning will continue for students who are unable to return to campus.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue hybrid studies.
  • Kindergartens and daycare centres under the Social Welfare Department (JKM) are allowed to operate.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres are ALLOWED to operate for parents or guardians who are working.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are allowed to operate, subject to the SOP.
  • Operators and employees of all kindergartens, daycare centres, home care or rehabilitation centres must be fully-vaccinated.
  • Kindergartens, childcare facilities, day care centres and similar care facilities must obey the National COVID-19 Testing Strategy guidelines. New!

Religion

  • Mosque and surau activities are allowed for fully-vaccinated individuals, subject to the State Religious Authority.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED, subject to the State Religious Authority.
  • Activities at non-Muslim houses of worship are ALLOWED, subject to the National Unity Ministry.
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed, subject to the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Sports + Recreation (for partially-vaccinated / unvaccinated)

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact and physical distancing of 1-3 metres are allowed in OUTDOOR spaces, from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Operations of all OUTDOOR sports and recreational facilities are subject to the local authorities.

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 3 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Recovery Phase 3 SOP.

  • Night club and pub activities
  • Social events like feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Local tourism involving foreign tourists entering Malaysia.
  • Sports and recreational activities exceeding the allowed capacity.
  • Championship / competition / sports or recreational event that do not have permission from PPS. Updated!
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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Can You Take Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines At The Same Time?

Is it safe to take the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time? Or should you wait between each shot?

Find out what the LATEST health advisory is on getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Why Take Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines At The Same Time?

Flu viruses mutate very quickly, so an annual flu vaccine is necessary to protect against the latest variants.

As it so happens, the 2021-2022 seasonal flu vaccine is being administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are some advantages in getting both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time (co-administration) :

  • Convenience : It’s more convenient to get both shots in the same visit, saving you a trip to the hospital / clinic and waiting for your shot.
  • Saves Money : If you have to pay for the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccines, getting them together may save you money since the doctor can administer them in the same visit. Even if they are both free, you save the expense of another trip to the hospital / clinic.
  • Shorter Downtime : You will usually experience some side effects like fever, headache and muscle ache for a day or two with each vaccination. It would be better to undergo that once, instead of twice.

But people are naturally worried that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines should not be mixed, and taking them at the same time could be dangerous, or at least cause more severe side effects.

Let’s find out if that’s true…

 

Should You Take Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines At The Same Time?

At least two studies have shown that taking the flu and COVID-19 vaccines together is both safe and effective.

The ComFluCOV study, for example, showed that there was no significant difference in side effects or efficacy of both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

The Novavax study showed that there was no difference in side effects when both vaccines were taken at the same time, but there was a slight reduction in efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine (from 89.8% to 87.5%).

What those studies tell us is that it is safe to take both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time, and they remain effective.

But either choice is really fine. If you are more comfortable taking them separately, then take them separately. But if you prefer to take them together, go on right ahead.

The key thing is to protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated against both seasonal flu (influenza) and COVID-19.

 

What Experts Say About Taking Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines Together?

When the COVID-19 vaccines first came out, health authorities recommended taking them on their own, and taking the flu vaccine at least two weeks later.

This recommendation was out of abundance of caution, and not due to any known risks of taking them both at the same time.

After millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, health authorities now know more about their safety profiles and have updated their guidance accordingly.

US CDC

On 14 May 2021, the US CDC updated their guidance on the co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines, which includes the flu vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day.

If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site.

Read more : Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

American Academic of Paediatrics

On 14 May 2021, the American Academic of Paediatrics said that it supports giving childhood vaccines (including the seasonal flu vaccine) together with the COVID-19 vaccine.

UK JCVI

On 14 September 2021, the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced that :

[C]o-administration of the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines is generally well tolerated with no reduction in immune response to either vaccine. Therefore, the two vaccines may be co-administered where operationally practical.

WHO

On 21 October 2021, the WHO issued interim guidance on this issue, stating that :

WHO considers that coadministration of an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine and any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is acceptable, given that the known risk of serious illness for adults infected with influenza virus or SARS-CoV-2 is substantial.

Australian Department of Health

On 9 June 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation issued updated advice on administering the flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Instead of a 14-day gap between the two doses, they are recommending a shorter 7-day gap. But they also stated that an even shorter gap, or administering them at the same time is also acceptable.

The preferred minimum interval between a dose of influenza vaccine and a dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is now 7 days (previously 14 days).

In some situations a shorter interval (including co-administration) is acceptable.

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Recipients To Get Pfizer Booster Dose!

Malaysia will start giving vulnerable Sinovac vaccine recipients the Pfizer booster dose!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Earlier : Pfizer Booster Dose For Pfizer Vaccine Recipients Only!

On 13 October 2021, Malaysia started giving out the Pfizer booster dose for those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months earlier.

The Pfizer booster dose programme prioritised health and security frontliners, senior citizens who are 60 years and above, and individuals with co-morbidities.

Up till 19 October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has administered the booster dose to 47,728 individuals.

 

Now : Pfizer Booster Dose For Sinovac Vaccine Recipients Too!

On 21 October 2021, KKM announced that they are expanding the booster dose programme to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago.

For starters, the booster dose programme for Sinovac vaccine recipients will only be given to individuals who are 60 years or older.

This heterologous booster dose is an “off label” use, and will be monitored as part of the subgroup research under The Real World Evaluation of COVID-19 Vaccination (RECoVaM), and the SAFECOVAC study of adverse effects after vaccination.

This Pfizer booster dose will be given on a FREE and VOLUNTARY basis under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK), starting Friday, 22 October 2021.

This booster dose will be administered by private medical practitioners in phases across Malaysia. Individuals who qualify for this booster dose will be informed through MySejahtera, or by SMS for those who do not have MySejahtera.

So if you are 60 years or older, and received your Sinovac vaccination more than 3 months ago, keep an eye out for your appointment!

 

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Klang Valley Clinics + Hospitals With FREE COVID-19 Vaccine

The FREE COVID-19 vaccine is now available at public and private clinics and hospitals for those who are still unvaccinated, or have missed their second dose.

Here is the full list of Klang Valley clinics and hospitals offering the FREE COVID-19 vaccine!

 

Free COVID-19 Vaccine At Klang Valley Clinics + Hospitals!

The government started shutting down all of the mega COVID-19 vaccination centres after Operation Surge Capacity ended.

Starting 1 October 2021, the government started offering the free COVID-19 vaccine through public clinics (Klinik Kesihatan) in the Klang Valley. This applies to both citizens and foreigners.

Then on 11 October 2021, the government also started offering the free COVID-19 vaccine through 98 private clinics and hospitals in the Klang Valley.

Anyone who has NOT received their first dose, or missed their second dose, can CONTACT these public or private clinics and hospitals in the Klang Valley for the free COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that walk-in is NOT allowed. You must CONTACT them for an appointment.

 

Public Clinics With Free COVID-19 Vaccine In Klang Valley

Kuala Lumpur

Open : Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

Klinik Kesihatan (KK) Email Address Tel. Number
KK Kuala Lumpur vaksin.pkdtt@gmail.com 011-12311904
KK Setapak ppvkksetapak@moh.gov.my 03-41425429
KK Kampung Pandan ppvkkp@moh.gov.my 017-5558108
KK Datu Keramat ppvkkdk123@gmail.com 014-3227543
KK Jinjang vaksinpkkepong@gmail.com 06-62583355
KK Sentul ppvanckks@gmail.com 03-62500594
KK Batu Muda ppvanckkbm@gmail.com 03-62415322
KK Tanglin kktanglin2021@gmail.com 03-26983311
03-26983580
03-26983490
KK Muhibbah ppvkkmuhibbah@gmail.com 03-77726040
KK Bandar Tun Razak ppvkkbtr@gmail.com 03-91713333
KK Cheras vaccinekkc@gmail.com 03-91333322
KK Sungai Besi ppvkksb@gmail.com 03-90549911
KK Cheras Baru ppvkkcherasbaru@gmail.com 03-91333322

Putrajaya

Open : Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

Klinik Kesihatan (KK) Email Address Tel. Number
KK Putrajaya ppv.pkpj@gmail.com 013-8880938

Selangor

Open : Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

District Health Office (PKD) Email Address Tel. Number
Petaling PKD ppvpkdpetaling21@gmail.com 03-78840400
Kuala Langat PKD bgvaksinpkdklgt@gmail.com 019-3286275
Gombak PKD bgcovid19gombak@gmail.com 03-60913814
Kuala Selangor PKD ppvremaja.kesl@gmail.com 03-32812309
019-4727453
(WhatsApp)
Klang PKD bgvc19klang@gmail.com 019-6466658
(WhatsApp)
Hulu Selangor PKD bgvaksinpkdhs@gmail.com 03-60642078
Hulu Langat PKD bgvc19hululangat@gmail.com 03-87397909
Sepang PKD vaksincovidsepang@gmail.com 03-87066001
Sabak Bernam PKD pasukankesihatansekolah@gmail.com 019-3656570

 

Private Clinics + Hospitals With Free COVID-19 Vaccine In Klang Valley

Gombak

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Sp Care Selayang selayang@spcaregroup.com 03-61371143
Klinic Mohanan klinikmohanan042@gmail.com 03-60911414
Klinik Sulaiman Talib vaksin.kliniksulaiman@gmail.com 03-61895032
Poliklinik Zain Azrai pkazrai@gmail.com 017-7711840
Klinik Tan & Mano ktmano_ab@yahoo.com 03-41614013
Klinik Shanti shantiklinik@yahoo.com.my 03-62744025
Klinik As-Salam klinik.assalamkeramat@gmail.com 012-9400969
Klinik Sp Care Rawang rawangmutiara@spcaregroup.com 03-60917753
Gombak Medicare Clinic gombakmedicareclinic19@gmail.com 03-61818-1198
Klinik Media Ihsan akvk.mediehsan@gmail.com 017-5242730
Klinik Idzham kisbtm02@yahoo.com 019-3320034
Klinik Jaya (Gombak) umayaalv@gmail.com 03-41077684
KPJ Rawang Hospital prmarketing@kpjrawang.com 03-60998999
ext. 8838/8839
Kohilal Medical Centre ppkohilal@gmail.com 03-41068466

Hulu Langat

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Union k.union_amp@yahoo.com 03-42703268
Klinik Idzham Taman Kosas kisbtk01@gmail.com 016-2110583
Klinik As-Salam klinik.assalam24jam@gmail.com 012-4140969
Poliklinik Wirabakti poliklinikwirabakti27@gmail.com 03-89255525
010-4323857
Klinik Impian Medik drfaizah74@yahoo.com 03-89266677
Poliklinik Perdana poliklinikperdana@hotmail.com 03-90813176
Klinik Kita kksi09@yahoo.com 03-87406824
Poliklinik Muc mucjr@muclinics.com 012-3981072
Poliklinik Kumpulan City pkctamansuntex@gmail.com 017-6323382
Poliklinik Dr. Azhar pdarbmcheras@gmail.com 03-90105406
Poliklinik Indren poliklinikindren@gmail.com 03-42705825
Klinik Idzham Pandan Indah kisbpi@yahoo.com 016-2110576
Poliklinik Anand sj_connie70@yahoo.com.my 03-92870507
UNI Klinik uniklinik.semenyih@gmail.com 011-59192410
Kajang Sentral Medical Centre admin@amckajang.com.my 019-3320678
Hospital Islam Az-Zahrah marketing@azzahrah.my 03-89212525
An-Nur Specialist Hospital customerservice@annur.migh.com.my 03-89235500
Sungai Long Specialist Hospital marketing@sglonghospital.com 011-16082588

Hulu Selangor

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Wong Singh kwssentosa@gmail.com 03-60283028
03-60281453
Klinik Ng & Singh ngsinghbukitberuntung@gmail.com 03-60282939
Klinik Sp Care Serendah antaragapi@spcaregroup.com 03-60812290

Klang

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Crosmed eddycrosmed@gmail.com 011-10591070
Klinik Mediviron Bandar Puteri Klang medivironbpk@gmail.com 03-51628321
Klinik Keluarga Siva Lim kliniksivalim@yahoo.com.my 03-38847926
Poliklinik Vista Pelangi Avenue poliklinikvista@gmail.com 011-11463100
Poliklinik Omega-Care psomegacare@gmail.com 03-31657513
Klinik Sella kliniksella@gmail.com 03-3885-2398
BP Specialist Center Klang scklang@bphealthcare.com 03-33239169
Manipal Hospital Klang btmc.hsc@rsdhealth.com 03-38843684

Kuala Langat

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Poliklinik MAHSA @ SPC healthclinic.spc@mahsa.edu.my 010-8803362
Klink Mediviron Banting medibanting@gmail.com 03-31871029
Klinik Ng Sree clinicngsree@gmail.com 019-2275761
Klinik Fuziah klinikfuziahbanting@gmail.com 03-31494784
Qualitas Health Clinic reception.klinikwaranko@gmail.com 03-55254365
Poliklinik Al-Haramain alharamain85@yahoo.com 03-31913239
Klinik Aurora Kuala Langat auroramedicare@gmail.com 010-2336855
Poliklinik Shaik eco-alshaikgroup@gmail.com 019-6085981
Klinik Siti Banting sitibanting@gmail.com 019-3084256

Kuala Selangor

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Ng & Singh kns.ijok@yahoo.com 03-32791845
Klinik Mediviron Tanjung Karang klinikmedivirontgkarang@gmail.com 03-32698332
Klinik Siti Seri Pristana kliniksitiseripristana7@gmail.com 019-3084256

Petaling

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Hope & Care hopecarepekab40@gmail.com 03-80623926
Klink Menara klinikmenara@gmail.com 03-78439101
013-6979639
Klinik Medipulse Rahman Putra medipulse.brp@gmail.com 03-61436292
Klinik Rakan Medik rmkj@qualitas.com.my 03-78035688
Klinik Sp Care Kota Damansara kotadamansara@spcaregroup.com 03-61446054
Klinik Medikita marketing_medikita@yahoo.com 03-55255111
Klinik Central Petaling Jaya kcentralnzx@gmail.com 016-6186736
Klinik Idzham Damansara Damai kisbkd02@gmail.com 016-2236097
Dr Leela Ratos & Friends sungaiwaylrr@gmail.com 03-74991113
Ting Children Specialist Clinic senchristine@gmail.com 03-58820288
012-5001695
Poliklinik Vijay poliklinikvijay@yahoo.com 03-58890039
Klinik Selva Taman Kinrara kselvatkvaksin@gmail.com 03-80704584
Klinik Keluarga Equine csteh9562@gmail.com 03-89409621
Klinik Iman klinikiman1@gmail.com 019-2612030
Klinik Hanan Klang vaksincovid@hanamedicare.com 03-33624160
Poliklinik Dr Azhar Shah Alam pdarshahalam@gmail.com 03-78311230
TGGD Medical Clinic contact@tggdclinic.com 03-58869999
03-58869996
BP Specialist Centre Glenmarie scgm@bphealthcare.com 03-55699996
03-55690940
BP Specialist Centre Megah sctm@bphealthcare.com 03-78030992
Ara Damansara Medical Centre admin.imaging@rsdhealth.com 03-78399230
Subang Jaya Medical Centre sjmc.hsc@rsdhealth.com 03-56391389
03-56391212
Klinik Siti Subang Perdana kliniksitisubangperdana21@gmail.com 019-3084256

Sabak Bernam

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Mediviron Sekinchan klinikmedivironsekinchan@gmail.com 017-594706
Klinik Anda Sungai Besar klinikanda.sungaibesar@gmail.com 013-3752334
Poliklinik Gunwant poliklinikgunwant@yahoo.com 03-32244067

Sepang

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Orion Clinic orionclinic.cyberjaya@gmail.com 03-88008934
Qualitas Sv Care Clinic svcarevaccine2@yahoo.com 017-2761386
Klinik Al Raffah Nur alraffahnur.clinic@gmail.com 012-4361712
Poliklinik Media Ihsan poliklinikmediihsansklia@gmail.com 014-3348385
03-87059287
Menara Medical Clinic menaramcklia@gmail.com 03-87765909
019-9211223
(WhatsApp)
Klinik Masya klinikmasya@gmail.com 03-87060544
Klinik Velayutham medicqaseh@gmail.com 010-2975925
Klinik Lingam Dengkil kliniklingam@gmail.com 017-6450705

Kuala Lumpur

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Poliklinik Gomez gomezkepong2@gmail.com 010-3424917
Klinik Gravidities klinik.famili.grav@gmail.com 03-41444265
Klinik Azurose klinikazurose@gmail.com 011-62530334
Klinik Mediviron Dr Halim kmedivironp15@gmail.com 03-8888804
Klinik Medi Pesona kmpbangsar@yahoo.com 03-22881439
019-6662726
Klinik Familycare admin@clinicfamilycare.com 019-3565767
Megaklinik Zahran Putrajaya vaksinmzp@gmail.com 011-54147017
Klinik Famili BTS klinikfamilibts@gmail.com 011-54147017
Klinik Mediviron Setapak medicalreportmedivironsetapak@gmail.com 011-12639882
Klinik Prima poliklinikprima@yahoo.com 03-62509760

 

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Fake COVID-19 Warning Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam

A COVID-19 warning went viral on WhatsApp because it was attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam.

Take a look at it, and find out why it’s just COVID-19 fake news!

 

Viral On WhatsApp : COVID-19 Warning By Dr. Leong Hoe Nam!

This is the COVID-19 warning that has gone viral on WhatsApp, because it was attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam.

You may know him as the Singaporean doctor who has been interviewed on radio and TV very often.

The viral message is long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

Dr Leong Hoe Nam who gave an interview in mandarin today !
Dr Leong said the reason why the fully vaccinated people are getting Covid ! Reason is because the people who are getting Covid altho fully vaccinated are the older people ( aged above 60 plus ) is because these people ‘s antibodies are all very Low due to the lapse of time and also these people in this age group mostly taking medications eg for diabetes ,cholesterol,hypertension ,heart disease etc ! The medication tends to neutralise the vaccine efficacy ! So he says it’s important for these seniors to take the booster jab ! The previous jabs now becomes weaker with time n the medications taken !

🛑USE YOUR MASKS BECAUSE NEW COVID-DELTA IS DIFFERENT, DEADLY & UNDETECTABLE:

With the new COVID DELTA VIRUS there is:

NO COUGH
NO FEVER

Just a lot of:

JOINT-PAIN
HEADACHE
NECK PAIN
UPPER BACK PAIN
PNEUMONIA
GENERAL WEEKNESS
NO APPETITE

COVID-DELTA is of course, more Virulent and with a higher Death rate.

It takes less time to go to extremes, Sometimes without symptoms.

 

COVID-19 Warning Is Fake + Falsely Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam!

The truth is – this is yet another COVID-19 fake story, that was falsely attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam to make it more believable.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Rophi Clinic Confirmed That It’s Fake

Rophi Clinic, which is owned by Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, issued a notice on 25 September 2021, calling that viral warning “fake news”.

They also called for people to stop sharing the fake news, as it has “damaging information”.

It has come to our attention that a post quoting Dr Leong Hoe Nam has gone viral.

It was a supposed translation of a Chinese programme. There was no reference to any programme.

This is to state categorically that Dr Leong has never said what was shared. There is a lot of false information. This is a fake news information that is spreading disinformation that serves to hurt the covid 19 epidemic response of Singapore, and the reputation of Dr Leong Hoe Nam

*Please do your part by not spreading the damaging information further as shown attached.*

Fact #2 : Viral Message Is A Mash-Up

The viral message appears to be a mash-up of at least two different messages.

The first paragraph appears to be written by one person, while the rest by another person based on the opinions of Dr. Taiwo Obembe – a public health specialist at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Fact #3 : Common Medications Do NOT Affect COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Common medications taken for diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease DO NOT affect the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Generally, only drugs that suppress your immune system will reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, including NSAID painkillers.

They do not “neutralise” the vaccine, but rather – reduce your body’s immune response to each dose. Efficacy is reduced because your immune system does not react as vigorously to the vaccine.

That is why you are asked to continue taking your medications before and after each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but not NSAID painkillers.

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

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Drops With Time + Age

It is true that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy is lower in older people, due to their body’s reduced immune response to new antigens.

It is also true that studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy will wane with time, but even with reduced efficacy, they continue to offer strong protection against hospitalisation and death.

What this mean is the elderly and the immunocompromised may require a booster dose to enhance their immune system’s ability to fight against COVID-19.

Think of the booster dose as a refresher course for your COVID-19 self-defence class!

Read more : Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Fact #5 : Delta Variant Do NOT Have Different Symptoms

Generally, patients infected the Delta variant exhibit the SAME SYMPTOMS as other COVID-19 variants :

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • nasal congestion
  • breathing difficulties
  • headache

What’s different appears to be the prevalence of these symptoms.

According to the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, patients with the Delta variant appear to experience MORE fever, headache, nasal congestion and sore throat and LESS cough and loss of smell.

Fact #6 : Delta Variant Is More Transmissible + Deadly

The Delta variant is approximately 50% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, which itself is 50% more transmissible than the original SARS-CoV-2 strain.

It has also shown to be partially resistant to vaccines, and more deadly – leading to more hospitalisations and deaths.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

Fact #7 : Delta Variant Does Not Skip The Nasopharynx

The Delta variant has “greater affinity” for the mucosal lining of the lungs, which means it is more capable than other variants to infect the lungs.

However, it does not mean that the Delta variant “directly affects the lungs”, as the viral message claims.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

Fact #8 : Nasopharyngeal Swab Still Picks Up Delta Variant

The current standard of obtaining a nasopharyngeal swab to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the Delta variant.

That is how Delta variant patients are detected. In fact, genomic testing to confirm the Delta variant is performed on nasopharyngeal swab samples.

As explained in Fact #7, the coronavirus is carried by droplets and aerosols that has to pass through the nasopharynx before reaching the lungs.

So unless the patient breathes exclusively through the mouth, the nasopharynx is the best place to obtain samples of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #9 : Current Tests Still Detect Delta Variant

Both the rt-PCR test and the Rapid Antigen Test continue to detect all COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant.

While Rapid Antigen Test may deliver more false negative results, it is rare for the “gold standard” rt-PCR test to deliver a false negative result, and extremely rare to deliver two false negative results.

Fact #10 : COVID-19 Precautions Apply To All Variants

The COVID-19 precautions mentioned in the viral message are NOT unique to the Delta variant. They apply to all COVID-19 variants.

Please SHARE this fact check article with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by COVID-19 fake news!

 

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Fact Check : China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine?

There is considerable panic over China’s guidelines for the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center allegedly issued, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Sinovac Vaccine Guidelines By Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center

There is considerable panic over Sinovac vaccine guidelines allegedly issued by the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center.

Reposting China’s guidelines for Sinovac vaccination.
We should worry why our own government is not issuing these to the general public.

Original in Chinese (translated to English)

但各位網友為自己、為家人考慮接種科興疫苗時,應參考以下北京市防疫中心的指引。另外,溫馨提示:香港專家不建議中風人士接種疫苗。

Reminding all Netizens to consider the guidelines set by Beijing’s Vaccine Prevention Center before taking any vaccine, whether for your own sake or for your family.
A gentle reminder from Hong Kong Specialist: Those who suffer stroke is not advisable to take the vaccine.

北京市防疫中心提示接種科興疫苗的要求 :

Beijing City Vaccine Prevention Center list down the requirements for vaccination:

🔸1. 惡性腫瘤病者不予接種。
Those with malignant tumor are not fit to be inoculated or vaccinated.

🔸2. 有基礎疾病時如高血壓,糖尿病等藥物控制不好的,不予接種。
Those people taking maintenance pills for High Blood Pressure, Diabetes are not fit to vaccinate.

🔸3. 精神類疾病者如抑鬱症不予接種。
Those qualify for mental health disorders like Depression and anxiety is not suitable to vaccinate.

🔸4. 家族遺傳性疾病如白化病,不予接種。
Those with hereditary diseases like Albinism are not suitable to vaccinate.

🔸5. 心腦血管疾病不穩定,不予接種。
Those with unstable Cardiovascular diseases are not suitable to inoculate.

🔸6. 做過心臟手術時如心臟搭橋,不予接種。
Those underwent operation such as Coronary Bypass are not fit to vaccinate.

🔸7. 大手術後恢復期,不予接種。
Those who are recovering from major surgery are not fit to inoculate.

🔸8. 近三個月內使用過血液制品和免疫抑制者,不予接種。
Those who used Blood products and immunosupressive drugs for the last three months are not suitable to vaccinate.

🔸9. 服用優甲樂的人,不予接種。
Those taking Euthyrox are not suitable to inoculate.

🔸10. 被孕期婦女三到六個月,不予接種。
Pregnant women in their first to second trimester are not fit to vaccinate.

🔸11. 長期服用免疫抑制劑者,不予接種。
Those taking long term immunosuppressive drugs are not fit to vaccinate.

🔸12. 有中重度貧血者,不予接種。
Those suffer from Moderate to severe anemia should not be inoculated.

🔸13. 三個月內服用過抗病毒藥物抗過敏藥,抗生素的必須停藥,症狀消失,一到二週後方可接種。
Those taking antiviral and antibiotics drugs within three months time can be vaccinated only after one to two weeks of not taking the medicine provided that no symptoms persist.

🔸14. 乙肝l和幽門螺旋杆菌抗病毒期間不予接種。
Those with Hepatitis B and Helicobacter Pylori can’t be vaccinated.

🔸15. 高血壓控制穩定140/90以下才接種。
Those people with stable high blood pressure of 140/90 below can be vaccinated.

🔸16. 流感禁忌的本苗都禁忌接種。
Those with root origin from Flu prevention are prohibited to inoculate.

🔸17. 接種流感疫苗至9隔14天後才可接種。
Those people vaccinated with Flu virus can be inoculated after quarantine of 9-14 days.

 

China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine : The Facts!

We checked out the claims, and here is the sweet and short verdict – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS.

For those who want to understand more, here are the FACTS :

Fact #1 : Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center Does Not Exist

The Chinese term actually translates to Beijing Epidemic Prevention Center, which makes far more sense than a Vaccine Prevention Center.

But either way – there is no such institution called the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center or the Beijing Epidemic Prevention Center (北京市防疫中心).

The closest candidate is the Beijing Center of Vaccine Clinical Evaluation (北京疫苗临床评价中心).

Fact #2 : Vaccine Guidelines Were Issued By China’s National Health Commission

On 29 March 2021, China’s health authorities issued their first official COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.

But they were not issued by some Beijing institute, but China’s National Health Commission.

Fact #3 : The Real Vaccine Guidelines Contradicts Fake List

Here is a summary of the key vaccine guidelines issued by the National Health Commission.

  • The four conditionally approved vaccines are safe for senior citizens aged 60 and above
  • Senior citizens aged 60 and above should get vaccinated
  • Booster shots are not recommended at this stage.
  • It is not recommended for those under the age of 18 to get vaccinated for now.
  • Vaccination should be completed using the same vaccine, and not mixed.
  • Under special circumstances, people can use a mix of vaccines to complete their vaccination.

They completely contradict the fake list that is circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Photo Credit : News.cn

Fact #4 : Hong Kong Guidelines Contradict Fake List

The Hong Kong government noted in their 19 February 2021 interim recommendations on the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine that the only risk to look out for is an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions may occur after administration of CoronaVac. Recipients of CoronaVac should be kept for observation and monitored for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Persons with a history of allergies should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you receive this vaccine.

A second dose of the vaccine should not be given to those who have experienced an allergic reaction to the first dose of CoronaVac.

Fact #5 : Official Sinovac Guidelines Contradict Fake List

The Hong Kong government also provided the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine’s package insert, whose list of contraindications contradict the fake list above :

  • People with history of allergic reaction to CoronaVac or other inactivated vaccine, or any component of CoronaVac (active or inactive ingredients, or any material used in the process).
  • Previous severe allergic reactions to the vaccine (e.g. acute anaphylaxis, angioedema, dyspnea, etc.)
  • People with severe neurological conditions (e.g. transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases, etc.)
  • Patients with uncontrolled severe chronic diseases;
  • Pregnant and lactating women.

It also lists conditions in which the vaccine should be administered with caution :

  • People aged 60 years and above (which China’s National Health Commission just approved – see Fact #3)
  • People with acute diseases, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, severe chronic diseases, atopy and fever.
  • People with diabetes, history of convulsions, epilepsy, encephalopathy or mental illness, or with family history of such diseases.
  • People with thrombocytopenia or hemorrhagic diseases – the injection may cause bleeding.
  • People with impaired immune function, such as malignant tumour, nephrotic syndrome, AIDS.
  • People who require human immunoglobulin injection – there should be at least one month interval before vaccine administration.

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

Advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is circulating on WhatsApp.

Let’s take a look at his advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid

This ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid has been circulating on WhatsApp, teaching people how to take ivermectin to prevent and cure COVID-19.

It is rather long, so SKIP to the next section for the FACTS.

IVERMECTIN DOSE & PROTOCOL.
By Dr Amir Farid

(For best absorption, take AFTER FOOD)
Ivermectin is Best as PREVENTION. Can reduce infection by 86%.

Take 12mg/every week, (adult 50kg and above) even after vaccination (because many still get infected, some die, after completing vaccination) until COVID new cases are low.

(If weight is 90 kg or above, take every 5 days instead of weekly)

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

This advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is misleading and dangerous, and here are the FACTS why…

Fact #1 : Ivermectin Not Approved For Human Use In Malaysia

Ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, only animal use. It is also not approved for use against COVID-19.

However, hospitals can apply for the off-label use of ivermectin, which must be done in a monitored environment.

So it is WRONG for any doctor or medical specialist to advice people to self-medicate with ivermectin, more so using an unapproved protocol.

Read more : Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Sale Of Illegal Ivermectin Punishable By Fine And/Or Jail

People selling illegal ivermectin in Malaysia are subject to these penalties :

  • Individuals : Up to RM25,000 and/or 3 years of prison for the first offence, and up to RM50,000 and/or 5 years of prison for subsequent offences
  • Companies : Up to RM50,000 for the first offence, and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.

Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Should Be Taken Before Food

Dr. Amir Farid doesn’t seem to know that ivermectin should be taken on an empty stomach!

In fact, it’s best not to eat any food for two hours before or after taking ivermectin, for optimal absorption.

Instead, he is advising people to do the opposite. Can you really trust him to know what he’s talking about?

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol Not FLCCC Compliant

The main group pushing ivermectin is FLCCC, and Dr. Amir Farid has spoken up in favour of the FLCCC.

However, the ivermectin dose + protocol that he is recommending has NOTHING to do with the FLCCC ivermectin protocol.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just once a month to prevent COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take it once a week.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just twice after getting infected with COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take one to two tablets for 5-7 days.

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol NOT Based On Any Study

Medicine doses are calibrated for safety and efficacy though clinical studies.

However, Dr. Amir Farid’s recommended ivermectin dose and protocol does not appear to be based on any study.

It is not even based on the FLCCC ivermectin protocol, which itself isn’t based on any study either.

So it is unknown why Dr. Amir Farid believes his ivermectin dose and protocol works. There is certainly no proof of it working.

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

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

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

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

Fact #7 : Dr. Amir Farid Raided For Prescribing Ivermectin

On 16 June 2021, Dr. Amir Farid’s clinic was raided for supplying ivermectin to patients, “falsely claiming that it can prevent COVID-19“.

Dr. Amir Farid confirmed the raid by the Malaysia Health Ministry, but declined to provide further details.

Fact #8 : Dr. Amir Farid Made False Claims In MAECC Briefing

Dr. Amir Farid was part of the first MAECC briefing on ivermectin, where he made several false claims :

  • Malaysia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks” if ivermectin is used (false)
  • doctors swore the Hippocratic oath and must be compliant with the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration (false)
  • it is unethical to insist on more clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of ivermectin (false)

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

Fact #9 : People Have Overdosed On Ivermectin

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

In February 2021, the Missouri Poison Center even issued a warning :

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

Fact #10 : Not Safe To Buy Ivermectin Online

Due to the hype in ivermectin, scammers are pushing online sales of ivermectin at ridiculous prices, like the Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!.

A single strip usually costs just US$0.30 (RM1.20), but is being sold for anywhere between US$9 to US$25 (RM35 to RM100).

Even worse – there is no way to know if you are actually purchasing ivermectin, or fake tablets labelled as ivermectin.

Those who purchase and consume ivermectin are putting themselves at risk.

So please advise your family and friends NOT to purchase ivermectin. They should instead protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated!

 

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Malaysia : +3 Million Sinovac Doses, Private Sale Soon!

Malaysia purchased another 3 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and will make the CoronaVac available for private sale soon!

Here are the latest details!

 

Malaysia : +3 Million Sinovac Doses By End Of July!

On 16 July 2021, JKJAV announced that they will purchase 3 million more doses of the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac.

In total, Malaysia will receive 15 million doses of CoronaVac, all of which will be delivered by end of July 2021.

Although JKJAV did not mention why they purchased the additional 3 million doses, it appears to be meant for Operation Surge Capacity.

Astro Awani earlier tweeted (12:31 PM, 17 July 2021) that these 3 million doses will be exported overseas, but that has just been deleted – implying that it was not true.

 

Malaysia : Sinovac CoronaVac Available For Private Sale Soon

Ghows Azzam, Science Advisor to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, also announced that the CoronaVac vaccine will be made available to the private market in August 2021.

I should point out that this announcement has nothing to do with the 15 million doses of Sinovac vaccine purchased by JKJAV for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

It is likely that JKJAV will allow hospitals and clinics to purchase the CoronaVac vaccine from Pharmaniaga or Sinovac.

There has been NO OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT, so please stay tuned for more details…

 

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Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Now Only For COVID-19 Patients?

Is it true that the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic has been closed, and will now be used only for COVID-19 patients on oxygen?

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

 

Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Now Only For COVID-19 Patients?

This warning and picture have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya) is now officially closed, and will only be used for COVID-19 patients on oxygen.

Pls viral to all ur friends in kelana Jaya pj. Klinik kesihatan kelana jaya is officially closed now. Positive cases are on their way here on oxygen. The doctors are put on call in shifts starting from 8pm tonight till tomorrow. They have converted it into a covid battle field.

 

Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Not For COVID-19 Patients, Operating As Usual

This is yet another COVID-19 fake story that has gone viral on WhatsApp. And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Operating As Usual

The Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya) confirmed that this is fake news, and said that they are operating as usual.

Pihak pengurusan Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya ingin memaklumkan ini adalah BERITA PALSU. Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya beroperasi seperti biasa.

Please be informed that this is FAKE NEWS. Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya is operating as usual.
#semaksebelumkongsi #pastikanbenar

Fact #2 : Picture Was Taken At HTAR In Klang

This is for those who ask, “What if the government is lying???”

If you look closely at the background of the photo, you can see that the place has a fence made of unpainted red bricks and vertical iron bars.

It would match the fence at HTAR (Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah) in Klang, but not the actual Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya), which has white walls and both horizontal and vertical iron bars.

Fact #3 : Those Patients Were Not On Oxygen

If you look at the picture carefully, you can see that the COVID-19 patients were not on oxygen at all.

Fact #4 : Those Patients Were Waiting For Beds

Due to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, HTAR ran out of beds in the wards, and had to set up makeshift beds outside their Emergency Department.

The patients in the photo were already treated at the Emergency Department before being assigned a makeshift beds, while waiting for new beds in the wards are being readied.

This was explained in a Selangor State Health press release on 8 July 2021.

 

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KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : 7 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for the new EMCO 3.0 lockdown of KL and Selangor!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest SOP as well!

Updated @ 2021-07-08 : Added new sectors allowed to open in Selangor.

Updated @ 2021-07-02 : Added a number of changes to the EMCO SOP for KL + Selangor
Originally posted @ 2021-07-01

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : Starts On 3 July 2021!

On 1 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that certain areas in KL and Selangor will come under EMCO lockdown with new SOP!

Selangor

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Selangor :

  1. Petaling District : Petaling, Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bukit Raja
  2. Hulu Langat District : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  3. Sepang District : Dengkil, Labu, Sepang
  4. Gombak District : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Hulu Kelang, Kuang
  5. Kuala Langat District : Tanjung 12 (1), Tanjung 12 (2), Teluk Panglima Garang, Morib, Bandar, Jugra, Batu
  6. Klang District : Kapar, Klang
  7. Kuala Selangor District : Ijok, Bestari Jaya, Jeram
  8. Hulu Selangor District : Serendah, Rasa, Ulu Yam, Batang Kali

Kuala Lumpur

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Kuala Lumpur :

  1. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sri Semarak
  2. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Batu Muda
  3. Flat Seksyen 2 Wangsa Maju
  4. Flat Seksyen 1 Wangsa Maju
  5. Kampung Padang Balang
  6. Taman Koperasi Polis (Fasa 1 & 2)
  7. Flat Sri Sabah
  8. Kampung Puah
  9. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kampung Baru Air Panas
  10. Flat Desa Pandan (Termasuk Baiduri & Delima)
  11. Kampung Batu Muda
  12. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kerinchi
  13. Bandar Baru Sentul
  14. Taman Ikan Emas

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP Video : 2 July 2021 Edition!

This video shows the latest MKN EMCO 3.0 SOP slides (2 July 2021), followed by our English translation.

Please note that this new EMCO SOP will only be effective starting 3 July 2021.

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP List : 7 July 2021 Edition!

This is the new EMCO / PKPD SOP that was updated on 7 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house.
  • Only one (1) household representative may leave to purchase essential supplies within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care or vaccination. Updated!
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Individuals under home quarantine – Home Surveillance Order (HSO) – are FORBIDDEN to leave their homes.
  • No one is allowed to leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only one (1) person is allowed in each personal vehicle (of all types). Additional passenger requires police permission, on a case-to-case basis.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • Airports and ports are ALLOWED to operate as normal.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Only workers providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.
  • Only workers in essential services and factories and permitted business premises can use MITI permission letters that were issued earlier.
  • Non-essential workers are FORBIDDEN to leave EMCO areas, and are FORBIDDEN to work during EMCO. Employers must comply with this rule, and allow employees to work from home.
  • Residents are allowed to leave EMCO areas for emergencies like sickness or death, with police permission. Consideration will be granted by PDRM and KKM based on a case-to-case basis.
  • Travel for purposes not listed in the SOP requires police permission.

Business Activities

  • Restaurants, eateries, food trucks, roadside vendors, mobile vendors, food courts, hawker centres, food stalls and food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Food and drinks are only allowed to be purchased through take-away, drive-through and delivery.
  • Dine-in and park & dine services are FORBIDDEN.
  • Groceries, convenience stores, stores selling daily essentials are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets are ALLOWED to operate, limited to the food, drinks and essential supplies sections only, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate up to 24 hours, or according to their licence.
  • Pharmacies, medicine shops, veterinaries, pet food stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to operate from 12:01 AM until 6 AM.
  • Public markets, permanent farmer’s markets (PTK) and MyFarm Outlets (MFO) are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Daily markets, morning markets, farmer’s markets, night markets, late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN.
  • Critical maintenance, repairs and wiring works are ALLOWED on appointment basis. New!
  • Vaccination centres in EMCO areas are ALLOWED to operate.
  • All educational institutes must CLOSE during EMCO.
  • All sports, social, recreational and cultural activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Quarantine-based centralised training programmes for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are ALLOWED using Camp Based Training.
  • Government and private face-to-face meetings are FORBIDDEN.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • Food assistance from NGO / company / individual must be channeled through the District Disaster Management Committee coordinated under the District or State Disaster Operational Control Centres.

Religion

  • Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).

Children Care

  • Childcare, private kindergartens and kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools, and enrichment centres for children aged 4 to 6 years old are FORBIDDEN to operate, except for children whose both parents or guardians are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Residential care centers or rehabilitation centers for children with disabilities (OKU), female senior citizens and other care centers are ALLOWED to operate in accordance to the SOP.
  • Parents or guardians sending their children to a childcare center are ALLOWED to drive with as many children as the vehicle capacity allows.

Essential Services

  • Government office operations in EMCO areas are subject to the instructions of the Chief Secretary to the Government during Phase 1 of the Movement Control Order.
  • Civil servants in essential services are limited to 20% (not including frontliners, security and defence personnel).
  • Government counter services are closed completely, except :
    a) health services
    b) police station
    c) international entry gateways involving customs, immigration and quarantine.
  • The number of workers in the private sector providing essential services is limited to 60% (including operations and management).

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.

List Of Essential Services Updated!

A. Manufacturing Sector

  • Dry Food : sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, animal food
  • Frozen Food : chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables
  • Drinks : mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
  • Self-care : baby diapers, adult diapers, medicines, hand sanitiser, face mask
  • Aerospace : Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) : only for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) : including its supply chains

* Only involves packaging, labelling and transportation

B. Service Sector

  • Water, electricity and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Veterinary and animal feed
  • Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid
  • Land, water and air transportation
  • Shipyard and airport port services and operations, including unloading and cargo handling, lighter transport, piloting and storage or stockpiling of commodities
  • Hotels and lodging (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, essential service work and not for tourism)
  • Communications include media, telecommunications and the internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying news, information and the like)
  • Cleaning, solid waste management and sewerage
  • Information technology and E-commerce (for messaging and deliveries only).
  • Delivery of food, beverage and parcel, including p-hailing (parcel hailing)

* Any activity that is part of chain in this service sector list.

EMCO SOP NEGATIVE LIST

  • All economic sectors, other than those listed in A. Manufacturing Sector and B. Services Sector in the Essential Services list.
  • All entertainment activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • All sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN. Public parks must close.
  • All tourism activities in and out, or inside EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN.
  • All official or unofficial public or private events, and any kind of social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • All forms of face-to-face seminars, courses, training, classes or any other educational or learning activities are FORBIDDEN.

 

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EMCO U-Turn : Up To 3 Per Car For Vaccination / Treatment!

There is an update in the EMCO 3.0 SOP – up to three (3) people can drive out to seek medical treatment or receive their vaccination!

 

EMCO U-Turn : Up To 3 Per Car For Vaccination / Treatment!

Yesterday, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) released the full EMCO 3.0 SOP for KL and Selangor.

The EMCO 3.0 SOP only allowed a single person to leave a household to purchase daily essentials.

Taxis and e-hailing rides, therefore, can only pick up a single passenger, for the same purpose.

The only exception was for medical care or vaccination – up to two (2) persons can drive in their personal vehicle to seek medical care or to get vaccinated.

However, many people felt that such a limit was not only impractical, it does not prevent spread of COVID-19.

After all, what does it matter if multiple people from the same household use the same car to get vaccinations?

It appears that the government belatedly realised that. Less than 24 hours later, they released an updated EMCO 3.0 SOP with a single change :

Up to three (3) people, including the driver, are allowed to leave to seek medical care, medicine and vaccination.

Unfortunately, two (2) person limit, including the driver, for taxis and e-hailing rides remained, so they are not practical for those who need to seek medical help or to get vaccinated…

Could there be another EMCO SOP “adjustment” coming up soon? Hopefully…

 

Selected EMCO 3.0 SOP For KL + Selangor!

Here is the selected EMCO 3.0 SOP for areas that will come under the EMCO in KL and Selangor :

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house, except for one (1) representative to purchase essential goods within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • JKJAV will increase the rate of vaccination in EMCO areas.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Airports and ports are allowed to operate as normal.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, airport, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate as normal, at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • No one should leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Factories producing food and daily essentials like rice, bread loaves, sugar, cooking oil, flour, fresh milk, milk powder, medicines and face masks are allowed to operate.
  • Only those providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.

Recommended : KL + Selangor EMCO / PKPD SOP : 1 July 2021 Edition!

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : How To Register?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccination : How To Check Your Appointment?
Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : 48 Hours To Confirm!

 

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended : How To Register Dependents For Vaccine!
Recommended : How To Delete / Migrate Vaccine Dependent?

 

How To Arrange For Joint Vaccine Appointments?

You are allowed to apply for joint vaccine appointments.

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

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

Recommended : How To Apply For Joint Vaccine Appointments?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : Check The Dose!

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

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

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

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

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

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : No Longer Optional!

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

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

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

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

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

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

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Phase 2 : 19 April – August 2021

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

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

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

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Path To 80% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

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

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

Why So Many Vaccines?

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

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

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

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

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

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

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

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Revision History

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

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

 

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LDV Syringe : How To Read The Volume Correctly?

Most COVID-19 vaccination programmes use LDV syringes to reduce vaccine wastage, but people are misreading them.

Find out why LDV syringes are being used, and how to read them properly!

 

LDV Syringe : What Is It?

Low dead volume (LDV) or low dead space (LDS) syringes and needles are specially designed to reduce wastage.

Most COVID-19 vaccination programmes are using these LDV / LDS syringes and needles to minimise vaccine wastage in each shot.

A normal syringe, for example, will have about 0.1 ml of fluid left after a full injection. A LDV syringe / needle can reduce that to just 0.003 ml!

These special syringes and needles allow a skilled healthcare worker to extract an extra dose or two from each vial of COVID-19 vaccine.

 

LDV Syringe : How To Read The Volume Correctly?

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

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

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

However, vaccine recipients must first understand how much COVID-19 vaccine should be in the syringe, and how to read the volume correctly!

How Much Volume For Each Vaccine Shot?

Different vaccines have different recommended volumes. Most vaccines are titrated with a recommended dose volume of 0.5 ml, but not Pfizer.

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

How To Read LDV Syringes

Low dead volume needles are used with regular syringes, and are read normally. So they are not a problem.

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

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

If you are not aware of this, you would probably think the LDV syringe contained only 0.35 ml of vaccine. In reality, it contains 0.5 ml of the vaccine.

Don’t forget to also check the vial, to verify you are getting the right COVID-19 vaccine – to avoid potential mix-ups in vaccination centres that offer different COVID-19 vaccines.

 

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

Should you take painkillers BEFORE or AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination?

Or is it true that painkillers can KILL YOU if you take it with your COVID-19 vaccine???

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination + Painkillers : What’s Going On?

Some people have been taking painkillers BEFORE getting their COVID-19 vaccine, to reduce the injection pain and side effects like fever and muscle ache.

On the other hand, other people are saying that painkillers are dangerous if taken after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Recently, an Indian doctor died after being injected with a painkiller, after she received her first dose of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine.

So is it safe to take painkillers before or after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

 

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

Here is the short TLDR answer :

You should NOT take painkillers BEFORE your COVID-19 vaccination, and if possible, try not to take painkillers after vaccination either.

However, if you feel really uncomfortable, you can take over-the-counter painkillers (preferably acetaminophen / paracetamol) with your doctor’s advice.

For those who wish to learn more about painkillers and COVID-19 vaccination, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Fever + Muscle Pain From COVID-19 Vaccine Only Last A Few Days

Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking that there is a real infection, triggering an immune response that causes “side effects” like injection site pain, fever and muscle aches.

These side effects are really your body’s natural immune response to any infection, and are therefore welcome signs that the vaccines are doing their jobs.

They also last only a few days, generally subsiding within the first 1-2 days. If they persist after a few days, you should seek medical attention.

Fact #2 : CDC Advises Against Painkillers Before COVID-19 Vaccination

The US CDC recently updated its guidance on March 16, 2021, to :

  • avoid taking painkillers BEFORE getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • treat post-vaccination fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly
  • treat pain and discomfort with a cool and wet washcloth, and using or exercising the arm
  • take over-the-counter painkillers after COVID-19 vaccination, with your doctor’s advice

Fact #3 : Painkillers Could Dampen COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Research have shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NSAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.

According to Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, the division chief of infectious diseases at the University of Utah Health :

“It is not recommended to take a pain reliever before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, as it may theoretically reduce your immune response to the vaccines.”

For maximum efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should try to avoid taking any painkiller for the fever or muscle ache.

But you should not worry too much about the reduction in vaccine efficacy either. If you are feeling under the weather, it is fine to take over-the-counter painkillers with your doctor’s advice.

Fact #4 : Acetaminophen / Paracetamol Could Work Better

The CDC says that OTC painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin and antihistamines are safe to take after getting vaccinated.

If you want to be extra cautious, take acetaminophen or paracetamol – which are commonly known as Tylenol or Panadol or PCM.

Acetaminophen is the better choice, because it works differently from NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which a study on mice has suggested that it might lower production of antibodies.

The CDC itself recommends that pregnant women use acetaminophen (paracetamol) to treat post-vaccination fever.

Fact #5 : The Doctor Died From Anaphylactic Shock

The tragic death of Dr. Hari Harini was due to anaphylactic shock, likely from the painkiller – Diclofenac sodium, that her husband administered just hours before.

However, this incident has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine she received, because :

  • severe anaphylaxis is a known, if rare, adverse reaction of Diclofenac sodium,
  • she started vomiting and fell unconscious within hours of receiving the injection.
  • the incident occurred a month after she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The evidence therefore suggests that her death was due to the painkiller itself, and not the vaccine.

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Why Healthcare Workers Get Infected After Vaccination?

Healthcare workers in Malaysia are getting infected with COVID-19, even after vaccination.

Find out what’s going on, and what these post-vaccination infections really mean!

 

Healthcare Workers Are Getting Infected After Vaccination

On 17 April 2021, the Malaysia Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, announced that 182 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 after vaccination :

  • 142 after receiving their first dose
  • 40 after receiving their second dose
    – 9 cases : more than 2 weeks after second dose
    – 31 cases : less than 2 weeks after second dose

He noted that all of them had less severe symptoms, and reminded everyone to continue with 3C + 3W precautionary measures, even after vaccination :

  • Avoid the 3Cs – Crowded places, Close-contact settings, Confined and enclosed spaces
  • Practice the 3Ws – Wash hands frequently, Wear a face mask, Watch your distance

 

Why Healthcare Workers Get Infected After Vaccination?

After Dr. Hisham wrote about healthcare workers getting infected after vaccination, many people shared his post as evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines don’t work.

Nothing could be further from the truth. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Vaccines Are Not 100% Efficacious

COVID-19 vaccines are like training programmes for your immune system, giving it an opportunity to learn how to defeat the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They greatly protect you from severe disease and death, but that does not mean they will 100% protect you from getting infected.

The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine is 95% efficacious. That means approximately 0.05% of those who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19.

The Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is 50.65% efficacious. That means approximately 0.49% of those who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19.

The numbers are not a typo. Read our explainer to learn more about what vaccine efficacy really means!

COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Breakthrough Rate
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 0.05%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 0.4935%

Fact #2 : It Is Proof The Vaccines Are Working!

As of 15 April 2021, a total of 671,589 people received one or both doses of their COVID-19 vaccines. While we have no idea how many are healthcare workers, they are all frontline workers.

With an attack rate (risk) of approximately 1.0%, we would expect 6,716 of these frontliners to get infected with COVID-19, if they were not vaccinated.

Yet only 182 vaccinated healthcare workers ended up getting infected.

Assuming just half of those vaccinated are healthcare workers, that’s an infection rate of 0.054% – which almost exactly matches the expected vaccine breakthrough rate for the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

This is actually better than expected, since many of those infected were partially vaccinated, and healthcare workers generally have greater exposure to COVID-19.

On 19 April 2021, JKJAV revealed that there were only 9 infections out of 272,109 fully-vaccinated healthcare workers.

That works out to an incredibly low vaccine breakthrough rate of just 0.0033%, far below what we should expect!

Fact #3 : This Chart Shows The Vaccines Working!

This chart that Dr. Noor Hisham shared actually shows how effective the vaccines are. Out of 426 infected healthcare workers :

  • 57% were not vaccinated
  • 34% only received one dose
  • 7% were infected less than 2 weeks after their second dose
  • 2% were infected more than 2 weeks after their second dose

In other words, the vaccines will protect you, but you need to get both doses and you must protect yourself until your immune response hits its peak about two weeks after your second dose.

Fact #4 : Precautions Necessary Until Herd Immunity Achieved!

Herd immunity prevents vaccine breakthrough – vaccinated people getting infected – by breaking the transmission chain.

However, this is only possible when we achieve a high rate of vaccination – some 70%-80% of the population.

Until that happens, we must all practice the usual precautionary measures against COVID-19.

Chile, for example, has vaccinated some 40% of their population, and yet is in the throes of a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.

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Fact #5 : The Vaccines Prevent Severe Disease + Death!

As Dr. Noor Hisham himself pointed out, all those who were vaccinated but got infected anyway, had less severe symptoms.

As we pointed out in our article on choosing the best COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine efficacy comparisons blind us to the fact that ALL approved vaccines will greatly protect us against death and severe disease.

Even the Sinovac CoronaVac, which is hardly the best vaccine in the market, is effective in preventing severe disease and death.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

 

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Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

Now that there are several COVID-19 vaccine options, people are demanding for the right to choose.

But should you be given the option to choose, which COVID-19 vaccine should you choose?

2021-04-13 : Updated with new information.

Originally posted @ 2021-03-02

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : So Many To Choose From?

Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates successfully completed their Phase 3 trials, and have received EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) from various countries.

Company Brand Name Other Name EUA Full
Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty BNT162b2 101 5
Oxford-AstraZeneca AZD1222 101 1
Gamaleya Research
Institute
Sputnik V Gam-COVID-Vac 60 3
Moderna mRNA-1273 40 2
Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Ad26.COV2.S 40 0
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 38 4
Sinovac Biotech CoronaVac 27 1
CanSino Biologics Convidecia Ad5-nCoV 5 1

Many countries ordered several vaccine candidates at the same time, because a single vaccine manufacturer cannot possibly provide enough vaccines to cover an entire population.

Malaysia, for instance, purchased five COVID-19 vaccine candidates :

However, with multiple COVID-19 vaccine types being deployed, it has given people the idea that they should have the right to pick and choose the vaccine.

So which should YOU choose?

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Which Should YOU Choose?

Most countries will provide the COVID-19 vaccines FREE of charge, but the type of vaccine used will depend on what’s available – you are NOT allowed to pick and choose.

Even so, many people are demanding the right to pick and choose their COVID-19 vaccine. Some are demanding the right to pay for what they believe are the ‘superior’ vaccine.

But guess what…

The BEST vaccine you can take is the FIRST vaccine you can get, and COMPLETE.

Here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : Early Protection Offers The Best Protection

Think of the COVID-19 pandemic as an alien invasion, and the vaccine as body armour that protects you against their attacks.

When you are under attack, do you put on the first body armour you find, or do you wait until you find the body armour you like the best?

Cpl. Daniel M. Greenwald survived this sniper shot thanks to his helmet!

The fact is – even “substandard” body armour will offer you FAR MORE protection than no body armour at all!

After all, you could end up getting killed by COVID-19, before your preferred body armour arrives. What’s the point of getting the vaccine you want if you are already infected or dead?

Don’t believe us? A team of scientists actually did a study on this, concluding that “waiting for a vaccine with a higher efficacy results in additional hospitalizations and costs over the course of the pandemic“.

Reason #2 : All Approved Vaccines Protect You Against Severe Disease + Death

Regulatory bodies around the world set a minimum threshold of 50% efficacy against symptomatic infection for the approval of any COVID-19 vaccine.

However, that has confused people into thinking that the authorities are taking shortcuts in giving us vaccines that barely work.

Come on – 50% efficacy? That’s like rolling the dice at the roulette table, right? That’s really NOT the case.

We prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.

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

The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.

It would be really nice if you get a vaccine that protects you against even mild COVID-19, but not getting killed by it sounds pretty awesome to us!

Reason #3 : Vaccines Are In Limited Supply

COVID-19 vaccines are in limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.

Therefore, the possibility of vaccines being made available for private sale that you can pick and choose is remote, at least until 2022.

This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Don’t Choose. Get Yours ASAP!

It really does NOT matter which COVID-19 vaccine you get.

As long as it is an approved vaccine and you complete the dosing requirement, it will prevent you from getting severe COVID-19, or dying from it.

Instead of waiting for a particular COVID-19 vaccine, get the first one offered to you.

Don’t worry, when COVID-19 vaccines are available for sale, you can choose whichever vaccine you want and re-vaccinate yourself to your heart’s content!

 

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