The technical working group also evaluated the latest evidence, and introduced new recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
These individuals are advised to receive a booster dose at least 3 months after their primary vaccination.
All senior citizens 60 years and above
All adults 18 years and above who received all types of vaccines (Pfizer, AZ and CoronaVac), using the age de-escalation approach – 50 years old and above, – 40 years old and above, and – 18 years old and above
Individuals with co-morbidities
Residents and employees at long-term care facilities
Why Malaysia Reduced The Booster Dose Interval To 3 Months?
KKM made this decision based on the recent RECoVaM study, which showed the waning protection of COVID-19 vaccines, especially the Sinovac vaccine.
They were also concerned about the latest data on the Omicron variant, which showed greater transmissibility, higher viral binding affinity and higher antibody escape.
Evidence collected over the last 3 weeks showed that a booster dose can increase protection against the Omicron variant. And early research involving 21 million booster doses in the UK showed that they are safe.
In line with those results, regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as panels of health experts now recommend that the booster dose vaccination should be given as early as three (3) months after completing the primary vaccine.
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Originally posted @ 2020-12-31
The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines passed their Phase 3 trials with 94% to 95% efficacy rates, but what does that mean?
The efficacy rate is actually a calculation of the vaccine’s ability to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infection, based on the clinical trial data and the COVID-19 attack rate.
The public often miss the importance of the COVID-19 attack rate, and therefore misunderstand the vaccine efficacy rate.
For example, in a trial involving 100,000 vaccinated participants and a COVID-19 attack rate of 1%, here is the difference between perception and reality :
While the public look at a 75% efficacy rate and think that it means 25% of those vaccinated will still get infected, the truth is only 0.25% of those vaccinated will get infected, with a 1% attack rate.
This is why we should leave the science to the professionals, and not pretend that a few hours of looking up Google will replace years of actual study and experience.
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.