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Did DG Hisham Confirm Myocarditis In Vaccine Recipients?

Did Malaysia Health DG Admit Vaccines Cause Myocarditis?

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

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

 

Did Malaysia Health DG Hisham Admit Risk Of Vaccine Myocarditis?

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

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

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

Confirmed!! DG Hisham Confirms Myocarditis In Vaccine Recipients

56% kes Radang Jantung dari penerima Pfizer!!

56% of myocarditis cases from Pfizer recipients!!

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

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

Anak dia bila nak suntik??

When will he inject his own children??

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

That’s misleading and here are the reasons why…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #4 : Vaccine Myocarditis Generally Mild

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

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

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

Fact #5 : CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

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

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

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

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

Fact #6 : WHO Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

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

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

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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Programme For Kids : Details Announced!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just announced details of the COVID-19 vaccine programme for kids 5 to 11 years in age.

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Programme For Kids : Details Announced!

On 20 January 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced details of PICKids – the COVID-19 vaccine programme for kids 5 to 11 years in age.

Special Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids To Be Used

A special Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids will be used to vaccinate children 5 to 11 years in age.

This paediatric dose comes in a new 10-dose vial with an orange cap, which will be diluted with 1.3 ml of water.

Each dose is smaller at only 0.2 ml, and contains only 10 micrograms (mcg) of the vaccine – 1/3 of the dose used in adults.

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

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Arrives End Of January 2022

According to the Health Minister, the first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids will arrive in Malaysia on 31 January 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Programme Starts In February 2022

The COVID-19 vaccine for kids programme (PICKids) will officially kick off on 3 February 2022 at the Tunku Azizah Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

However, it will only start in earnest from 22 February 2022 onwards.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Not Mandatory

The COVID-19 vaccine for kids is not mandatory, just like how the vaccination programme for adults and adolescents are also not mandatory.

Parents Can Start Registering Their Kids

Parents can start registering their kids for the COVID-19 vaccine programme using the MySejahtera app.

Parents will be allowed to book appointments for their kids’ vaccinations starting 31 January 2022, with priority given to families living in the Klang Valley.

Read more : How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

90% Efficacious

Even though the paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is only ⅓ that of the adult dose, it was shown to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Fewer Side Effects

The lower paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine naturally produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted.

After almost 8.7 million doses of the paediatric vaccine were administered in the United States, the number of AEFI incidents were far lower than that of teenagers 12-17 years of age who were vaccinated with the full adult dose.

Longer Dose Interval

The Malaysia Ministry of Health will use a longer 8-week dose interval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

This will increase the immune response and has the potential to increase the longevity of the vaccine’s protection, as well reduce the risk of vaccine myocarditis.

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

 

You Should Sign Your Kids Up For COVID-19 Vaccine?

You may be wondering whether you should actually sign up your kids for the COVID-19 vaccine. After all, social media is rife with scary stories about vaccine side effects.

The truth is – all approved COVID-19 vaccines have not only been proven to be safe and effective in massive clinical trials, they have also been proven to be safe and effective after BILLIONS of doses were administered.

And why not? Vaccines are nothing more than self-defence classes for our immune system.

All they do is teach your children’s own immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it so that they have a better chance of defending themselves against a real COVID-19 infection.

Over 8 million doses of the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids have also been successfully and safely administered in the United States. So yes, it is SAFE and EFFECTIVE.

People may tell you that kids do not get COVID-19, or they suffer only mild symptoms. That’s not really true.

In Malaysia, 579,624 children (less than 18 years old) were infected with COVID-19 in the last two years!

  • 269,773 (46.5%) of them were children 5 to 11 years in age.
  • 144 children (less than 18 years old) died from COVID-19.
  • 31 children 5 to 11 years in age died from COVID-19.

On top of that, children infected with COVID-19 are at risk of developing serious complications like Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) or long COVID.

So don’t believe naysayers when they tell you that your child will be safe from COVID-19. Not only have children died from COVID-19, others had to be hospitalised, and/or suffer from long COVID symptoms long after they recover.

Please remember – it’s YOUR CHILD, not theirs, that they are putting at risk with such misinformation.

Protect your children. Vaccinate them against COVID-19.

 

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Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Children!

Malaysia has officially approved two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine formulations for children!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Children!

On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially authorised the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

The Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin immediately said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children.

On 6 January 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) has agreed to conditionally approve these two Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine formulations for children :

  1. COMIRNATY 10mcg Concentrate for Dispersion for Injection
    This is COMIRNATY vaccine for children 5 to 11 years in age. This formulation has a lower dosage, compared to the COMIRNATY vaccine given to individuals 12 years and older.
  2. COMIRNATY (Tris/Sucrose) 30mcg Solution for Injection
    This is the COMIRNATY vaccine with a new formulation that does not require dilution before administration, and has a longer lifespan of 10 weeks (compared to the current formulation at 1 month), when storage at between 2 ºC and 8 ºC after defrosting.
    This formulation is for the COVID-19 immunisation of individuals who are 12 years and older.

Note : Tris / Tromethamine is used in both new formulations, for longer storage at normal fridge temperatures. The second formulation is used for adults, as well as children 12 years and older.

Read more : Did Pfizer Add Heart Attack Drug To COVID Vaccine For Kids?

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids In Malaysia : Should You Take It?

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.

It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.

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

 

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

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia, as of 28 December 2021!

 

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!

 

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.

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
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

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.

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

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

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

Read more : Malaysia To REQUIRE Booster Dose For Sinovac + Elderly!

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 Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Take It?

Now that the Sinovac booster dose has been approved, can you get it?

If you can’t get it yet, should you WAIT to get a Sinovac booster dose instead of other vaccines?

Updated @ 2021-11-17 : Added Sinovac booster dose approval and updated advice on a Sinovac booster dose.

Updated @ 2021-11-12 : Added more information on Sinovac vaccine efficacy and advice on a Sinovac booster dose.
Originally published @ 2021-11-10

 

Can You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine, before being expanded on 22 October 2021 to those who received the Sinovac vaccine.

Since then, many people have been asking if they can get a booster dose of the Sinovac vaccine instead.

The updated answer is SOON, but not yet.

On 17 November 2021, the Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses for homologous vaccination.

That means Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses will be given to those who earlier received Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines respectively.

However, this does NOT mean the Sinovac booster dose is immediately available.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) will be targeting specific groups to receive these booster doses, which will be detailed later.

Right now, the COVID-19 Booster Dose programme in Malaysia continues to use the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Even people vaccinated with Sinovac will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose.

If you had earlier received the Sinovac vaccine, and are open to receive the Pfizer booster dose, I highly recommend you get yourself on the standby list ASAP.

If CITF-B eventually decides to give only homologous vaccinations for Sinovac, you will lose your chance to get the Pfizer booster dose.

My advice remains the same – don’t wait for the Sinovac booster dose. Get the Pfizer booster dose if it is offered to you.

It is FAR MORE EFFECTIVE, and gives you a big boost in protection, especially if you received the Sinovac vaccine earlier.

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

 

Should You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, mentioned earlier that people with severe allergies, or who have suffered an allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine earlier, may be offered a booster shot of the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine instead.

Now that the Sinovac vaccine has been approved as a booster dose, should you WAIT to get it?

That very much depends on a number of factors.

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

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

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

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

Read more : Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

Are There Better Options?

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

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

And that was before it was tested against the highly-infectious Delta variant.

In June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian admitted that their inactivated virus vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant.

While Sinovac has tried to push their booster dose as a way to shore up the CoronaVac’s efficacy against the Delta variant, it would be foolish to assume that it offers anything more than a temporary boost in relatively ineffective antibodies.

Even China is moving to use mRNA booster doses for those who received Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, with their own mRNA vaccine called ARCoVAX entering mass production soon.

Read more : Are Chinese Vaccines The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant?

Sinovac / Sinopharm Should Require Three Doses Minimum

On 12 October 2021, WHO experts recommended that those over 60 who received the Sinovac or Sinopharm’s vaccines should be given a third shot.

They notably refrained from calling it a booster dose, suggesting instead that they should be administered as three doses, instead of the recommended two doses, for a primary series vaccine.

This was precisely the same policy adopted by Singapore on 23 October 2021, when their Ministry of Health declared that three doses of the Sinovac vaccine will be REQUIRED for a person to be considered fully-vaccinated.

In other words – two doses isn’t enough to be considered fully-vaccinated for these inactivated virus vaccines.  They have to be taken as three doses MINIMUM.

Even Malaysia’s RECoVaM data show that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is comparatively weak, allowing significantly more breakthrough infections that result in ICU care and deaths.

If you still feel that you prefer to get three Sinovac vaccine doses, instead of using a different vaccine – that’s fine. It is better than not getting a booster shot at all.

The key thing is to GET PROTECTED against COVID-19, by getting fully-vaccinated. If that means three doses of Sinovac, so be it.

My advice remains the same as it did earlier this year. Don’t wait – get the first vaccine (or booster dose) you are offered!

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

 

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Malaysia To Vaccinate Children Under 12 Only In 2022!

Even though the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children under 12, Malaysia will only be able to vaccinate them in 2022!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Malaysia To Vaccinate Children Under 12 Only In 2022!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

This came after the US FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the use of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine in children 5-11 years old.

Almost immediately, parents rushed to register their children under 12 using an existing MySejahtera hack.

Read more : Can 5-11 Yo Kids Start Registering For COVID-19 Vaccine?

However, on 11 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) said that they only expect to start vaccinating children under 12 in 2022.

The ministry was responding to a query by the Member of Parliament Wong Chen (PH-Subang) who wanted to know about the ministry’s plan to vaccinate children under 12.

In their written reply to the Parliament, the Ministry of Health said that only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is available for use in children below 12, and is awaiting regulatory approval from the European Union and the United States.

Pfizer is also expected to submit data related to the vaccine registration for use in children below 12 by the end of this year to the NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency) for evaluation and approval.

That is actually not accurate. The US FDA approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 on 29 October 2021.

The United States started vaccinating children under 12 in early November, with 360,000 children receiving their first shots by the first week.

Read more : FDA Authorises Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Children!

 

What Malaysia Will Use To Vaccinate Children Under 12

Currently, the only vaccine to be approved for use in children under 12 is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

This is a lower-dose paediatric version of the COMIRNATY mRNA vaccine, with improved formulation :

  • Each dose is only 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents.
  • It is a slightly smaller 0.2 ml intramuscular injection.
  • Vaccine dose interval remains at 21 days between Dose 1 and Dose 2.
  • Proven in Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.
  • Proven to produce high neutralising antibodies against the Delta variant.
  • The improved formulation allows for the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator for up to 10 weeks.

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

 

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Can 5-11 Yo Kids Start Registering For COVID-19 Vaccine?

Can you start registering your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out what has gone viral, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : You Can Start Registering 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that you can start registering 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

For children 5-12 yo, can start to register for vaccination at MySejahtera.

First: remove dependant at ‘manage dependants’
Then: add vaccine dependant at ‘covid-19 vaccination’
Lastly: after successfully registered, add details again at ‘manage dependant’

 

Truth : 5-11 Yo Kids CANNOT Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Right Now!

This viral message is yet another COVID-19 vaccine-related FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Paediatric Vaccine Was Just FDA-Approved!

The FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the approval of an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

Only on 29 October 2021 did the US FDA officially approve the Pfizer paediatric vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

Even so, it will take time for CDC to come up with guidelines on who should get the new paediatric vaccine first, and even more time for other countries to get their vaccine doses.

Fact #2 : Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Year-Old Kids Not NPRA-Approved Yet!

Even though the Pfizer paediatric vaccine is approved by the US FDA, it must also be approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

Until that happens, the vaccine cannot be used to vaccinate anyone in Malaysia, certainly not children below 12 years of age.

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

Fact #3 : Malaysia Has NOT Even Purchased The Vaccine!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

That means the government will start negotiating with Pfizer to purchase their paediatric COVID-19 vaccine for use in Malaysia.

In other words – we have NOT purchased the vaccine yet!

Fact #4 : Malaysia Has Not Announced Registration For 5-11 Yo Kids

As of 30 October 2021, the Malaysian government, and the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has NOT announced that parents are allowed to register their 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, only adolescents who are 12-17 years old are allowed to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

Fact #5 : MySejahtera Does Not Yet Permit <12 Yo Registration

The latest MySejahtera – version 1.0.49 – does NOT permit the registration of children below 12 years of age.

If you attempt to add your child as a Vaccine Dependent, you will be asked to confirm that your child is over 12 years old.

Fact #6 : Method Exploits Existing MySejahtera Bug

The method outlined above exploits an existing bug in MySejahtera that allows you to bypass the age verification page.

This was the same bug that allowed parents to register their 12-17 years old children earlier this year, before the government announced that they would be allowed to.

It is really no different than just tapping the check box to confirm that your dependent is over 12 years old, even if he/she isn’t.

Fact #7 : Your Registration May Fail

I actually tested this bug earlier this year by registering my 12 year-old son using this “hack”.

But when the official registration opened, I noticed that his registration “disappeared”. I had to register him again.

When I checked his vaccination details, it says that he registered at the later date, instead of the earlier date when I used the hack.

I’m not sure if this will happen again with this hack, but if you choose to use it, please CHECK your child’s vaccine registration when they officially open it up for 5-11 year-old kids.

The time will come when we will be allowed to register children below 12 years of age, but that time has not yet arrive.

Until then, the viral message is nothing more than FAKE NEWS! Please alert your family and friends, share this fact check with them!

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Malaysia : 5-11 Yo Kids To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

Malaysia will procure the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids, after the US FDA advisory panel recommended its use!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : 5-11 Yo Kids To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

This comes after the US FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the use of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine in children 5-11 years old.

He noted that Malaysia had already partially vaccinated 82.4% of adolescents, with 62% fully-vaccinated.

Read more : How To Register Children For COVID-19 Vaccine In Malaysia!

However, this does not mean that the vaccination of 5-11 year-old children will proceed immediately after that.

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine has to be first approved by the NPRA before it can be used in Malaysia.

He also said that they would be looking at other vaccine options like Sinovac.

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids In Malaysia : Should You Take It?

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.

It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.

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

Even though children have a lower risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, children who get infected with the coronavirus can suffer from serious complications like :

  • myocarditis
  • multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)
  • long COVID

Therefore, it is highly recommended that children 5-11 years-old be vaccinated against COVID-19 using the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, when it is approved and becomes available in Malaysia.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will not only protect them against those risks, it will help protect other children who may not be able to get the vaccine.

 

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Melaka State Election Campaigning Activities BANNED!

The Malaysian government just announced that campaigning activities for the Melaka state election is BANNED.

Here is what you need to know…

 

Melaka State Election Campaigning Activities BANNED!

Due to the collapse of the Melaka state government, the state assembly was dissolved on 5 October and a state election set for Saturday, 20 November 2021.

There was considerable concern that this new election would lead to a new wave of COVID-19 infections like the Sabah state elections last year.

Fortunately, the Malaysian government has apparently learned that painful lesson, and has ordered that campaigning activities are banned for the Melaka state election!

On 24 October 2021, the Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin announced that ALL activities, gatherings or social events related to elections are FORBIDDEN, including events launching the election machinery.

This ban will take effect on Monday, 25 October 2021 and last until Saturday, 27 November 2021.

The Minister also made a point to warn that any individual, organiser or organisation that contravenes this ban, can be penalised with a compound, or prosecuted in court.

This action will be greatly welcomed, as it would be impossible to maintain physical distance during mass gatherings, and/or prevent unvaccinated or symptomatic people from participating.

 

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Malaysia Stops Issuing Daily COVID-19 Case Details!

Malaysia just stopped issuing daily COVID-19 case details, as part of the transition to endemicity.

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia Stops Issuing Daily COVID-19 Case Details!

On 9 October 2021, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin officially declared the government has stopped issuing daily COVID-19 case details.

We have been focusing exclusively on daily case numbers for too long.

As we transition to endemicity we will still report daily cases but the details will be uploaded together with all other important data/indicators on COVIDNOW at night from now on.

 

What Does This Mean For COVID-19 Coverage In Malaysia?

What this means is that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) will only report the total number of new cases daily, but NO LONGER :

  • a daily breakdown of cases for each state,
  • how many cases are from existing clusters,
  • how many cases are close contacts,
  • how many cases are imported, and
  • how many cases are from other causes

This change started with the sparse release of COVID-19 case details on 9 October 2021.

While it is possible to obtain the statistics from the COVIDNOW website, it is much harder to get a complete picture or an easy-to-understand overview.

Even to just find out the daily number of new cases in every state, you have to manually look it up individually.

The idea appears to be to shift everyone in Malaysia away from thinking about new infections, to living with COVID-19.

 

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KKM Requirements To Accompany Wife During Delivery!

Malaysia will now allow a fully-vaccinated husband to accompany his wife during delivery in all KKM hospitals!

Here are the official requirements!

Updated @ 2021-10-04 : Added official list of requirements by KKM.
Originally posted @ 2021-09-28

 

Vaccinated Husband Can Accompany Wife During Delivery!

Ever since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was initiated in March of 2020, government hospitals stopped allowing husbands to accompany their wives in the labour rooms.

On 28 September 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin responded to a request by a husband to be allowed to accompany his wife since he is already fully vaccinated.

He requested that the Director of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah allow any fully-vaccinated husband to accompany his wife in the labour room, if he is fully-vaccinated, and undergo a COVID-19 test, with a negative test result.

The test is necessary even if the husband is fully-vaccinated is because he may still be infected with COVID-19, even if he is completely asymptomatic.

Read more : What You Need To Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough!

 

Requirements To Accompany Wife During Delivery!

On 30 September 2021, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that the husband or a close family member can accompany the wife during her delivery at all public hospitals under KKM.

This initiative kicks off today – on 4 October 2021. However, the husband or close relative must comply with these requirements :

  • Be fully-vaccinated according to this definition :
    – More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
    More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.
  • Undergo a COVID-19 screening test – either RT-PCR or RTK-Ag – at any health facility or private lab within 72 hours.
    – After testing, the husband / close relative must restrict their movements to avoid infection.
    – The test result must be brought to the hospital, before the husband / close relative can accompany the mother in the Delivery Ward.
  • Alternatively, the husband / close relative purchase a COVID-19 Self Test Kit approved by the Medical Devices Authority (MDA) and bring it to the hospital.
    – The husband / close relative will then use the COVID-19 Self Test Kit at the hospital screening area, while being observed and verified by the attending healthcare worker.

The husband and close relatives of the expectant mother are advised to strictly follow COVID-19 precautions, as pregnant mothers are a high-risk group.

 

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Malaysia : COVID-19 Booster Dose To Start In October 2021!

Malaysia will start introducing a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from October 2021 onwards!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : COVID-19 Booster Dose To Start In October 2021!

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced on 19 September that he has asked all vaccine manufacturers to send their booster dose information to the NPRA.

He expects the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in a week or two.

Thereafter, he will announce what COVID-19 vaccine will be used, and whether it can “mixed” – a concept known as heterologous vaccination.

Read more : Malaysia : No AZ-Pfizer Heterologous Vaccination For Now

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose Only For High-Risk Groups

Once approved, the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be introduced in early October 2021, after 80% of adults have been vaccinated.

However, this booster dose will be restricted to those in these high-risk groups :

  • the elderly with co-morbidity
  • frontliners
  • people who are immunocompromised
  • those caring for the elderly

The decision on making it available for the rest of the population will be taken later.

 

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Malaysia : Senior Walk-In Vaccination Starts Nationwide!

Senior citizens can now walk-in and get their vaccination at any Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV) across the nation!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia : Senior Walk-In Vaccination To Start Nationwide!

On 2 August 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that :

  • CITF has decided to expand the walk-in vaccination programme for senior citizens to the rest of the country.
  • officially, the walk-in vaccination programme for senior citizens will kick off next week
  • some states have already started to allow senior citizens to walk-in for their vaccinations, while other states are preparing to do so
  • announcements will be made by the state CITF on when their state can start implementing the programme

This is part of the government’s effort to fully vaccinate 40% of the adult population in all states by 31 August 2021.

On 7 August 2021, CITF announced that walk-in vaccination for senior citizens are now available in :

  • Perak
  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Sabah
  • Melaka
  • Sarawak

Just like the vaccination programme for senior citizens in the Klang Valley, this walk-in vaccination programme will be limited to :

  • senior citizens age 60 years and above,
  • who have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • who have NOT received any vaccine appointment

If you have already received your vaccine appointments, please adhere to the appointment.

A smaller subset of adults can also walk-in for COVID-19 vaccination across the nation :

  • Senior citizens
  • Individuals with disabilities (OKU)
  • Individuals with comorbidities, who are 18 years or older
  • Individuals who missed their second dose *
  • Teachers, executive group and support service contract workers in educational institutions under the Ministry of Education.

Read more : Nationwide Walk-In Vaccination Details For Special Groups!

 

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Walk-In Vaccination For Seniors @ All PPVs In Klang Valley!

Senior citizens can still walk-in and get their vaccination at any Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV) in the Klang Valley!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Walk-In Vaccination For Senior Citizens In Klang Valley

Since 17 July 2021, senior citizens in KL and Selangor were allowed to walk for vaccination, if they are :

  • senior citizens age 60 years and above,
  • who have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • who have NOT received any vaccine appointment

If you have already received your vaccine appointments, please adhere to the appointment.

This is different from the walk-in vaccination programme for younger adults.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

 

KJ : Senior Citizens Can Still Walk-In For Vaccination!

On 2 August 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, clarified a few points :

  • Senior citizens are still allowed to walk-in for their vaccinations,
  • Senior citizens can walk in for their vaccinations at any PPV in the Klang Valley,
  • Senior citizens are not limited to the nine PPVs used for walk-in vaccinations by younger adults.

 

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Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

Klang Valley residents can walk-in for vaccination at selected PPVs from 2 August onwards.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Walk-In Vaccination Details For Klang Valley!

Please ignore fake news that have been circulating earlier that walk-in vaccination will be available nationwide from 1 August onwards.

Here are the details of the walk-in vaccination programme for Klang Valley, as announced by JKJAV and the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, on 31 July 2021 :

Who Can Walk In For COVID-19 Vaccination?

The walk-in vaccination will only be allowed for people who :

  • have NOT received a vaccine appointment yet, or
  • had previously cancelled their vaccine appointment, or
  • have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • are undocumented

Senior citizens who are 60 years and older, have a separate and special walk-in vaccination programme.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination For Seniors @ All PPVs In Klang Valley!

When Can You Go?

Malaysian citizens 40 years and above, or with co-morbidities : 2 to 4 August 2021
Malaysian citizens 18 years and above : 5 to 22 August 2021

Foreigners 40 years and above, or with co-morbidities : 9 to 11 August 2021
Foreigners 18 years and above : 12 to 22 August 2021

What Vaccination Centres Allow Walk-In?

Walk-in vaccination is only allowed at selected vaccination centres, from 2 PM onwards.

It will processed on a “first-come, first-served” basis”, and depend on the PPV’s capacity.

Those who are unable to receive their vaccinations on that day will be given priority for the next day.

Malaysian citizens can walk into these nine vaccination centres (PPVs) :

  1. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) : HCO F
  2. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) : HCO G
  3. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) : HCO H
  4. Bangi Avenue Convention Centre (BACC)
  5. Hotel Wyndham, Klang
  6. Dewan TAR Sabak Bernam
  7. Dewan Komuniti Serendah
  8. Movenpick Hotel & Convention Centre KLIA, Sepang
  9. Ideal Convention Centre, Shah Alam (IDCC)

Foreigners can walk into only one vaccination centre (PPV) :

  1. Bukit Jalil National Stadium

Read more : Bukit Jalil Stadium Vaccination Centre : Video + Picture Guide!

What Do You Need To Bring?

Whether you are a Malaysian citizen or a foreigner, you must bring these items.

  1. Proof of address in Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya)
    For example : address on identity card, driving licence, utility bill, credit card bill, employment card, student card, etc.
  2. People with co-morbidities : doctor’s letter or any relevant document that confirms your health condition or history.

Please note that foreigners who lack travel documents (undocumented) are ALLOWED to walk in for COVID-19 vaccination.

But please remember that you can only walk into the selected vaccination centres from 2 PM onwards.

 

Walk-In Vaccination Via Outreach Programme

JKJAV also announced the coming availability of walk-in vaccination via an outreach programme.

Here is what they announced about this outreach programme so far :

  • it will start from 9 August 2021 onwards
  • it will involve NGOs, mobile vaccination teams and other relevant agencies.
  • you will need to bring proof of residence in the Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya)
    For example : address on identity card, driving licence, utility bill, credit card bill, employment card, student card, etc.
  • If you have co-morbidities, you need to bring your doctor’s letter or any relevant document that confirms your health condition or history.

JKJAV will announce more details of this outreach programme, including date, time and locations, later.

Read more : MySejahtera Launches Digital Consent Form For Vaccination!
Read more : JKJAV : Vaccine Consent Form Now In 14 More Languages!

 

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CITF : Walk-In Vaccination Details To Be Announced LATER!

CITF just issued a statement stating that the walk-in vaccination details will be announced LATER.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Fake News : You Can Walk In For Vaccination From 1 August Onwards!

There are at least three viral messages circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that you can walk in and get vaccinated at any vaccination centre (PPV) from 1 August 2021 onwards.

I fact-checked that in my article – Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards? earlier, so we know they are fake news.

 

CITF : Walk-In Vaccination Details To Be Announced LATER!

Unfortunately, many people refused to believe those messages are false, and continued to share the fake news.

This is partly because of this 8TV video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.

So on 19 July 2021, the Malaysia COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) issued a statement to clear the air. Here is a summary :

  1. The walk-in initiative is only for those who are left out and have not received their vaccine appointments by 1 August 2021.
  2. Individuals in KL and Selangor who have already registered will be given their appointments very soon.
  3. Individuals who have not registered are encouraged to registered as soon as possible.
  4. Details of this programme will be announced later, as not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be involved.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

 

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Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Can you walk in and get your COVID-19 vaccination at any vaccination centre in Malaysia from 1 August onwards?

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

 

Claim : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Two messages have gone viral and are being shared on various WhatsApp groups.

They both claim that anyone who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine can walk in and get vaccinated at any PPV, from 1 August onwards.

Important information. Please share. From Aug 1 anyone who has not received their vaccine can walk into any PPVs for their vaccination

For those who has not gotten their Vac Appointment, for Sel/KL only. Beginning 1Aug, walk in any PPV, any age.
1. MIECC Mines – Sinovac
2. PWTC- AZ
3. Sunway Pyramid CC – Pfizer
4. Uitm Seksyen 7 – sinovac
5. Uitm Puncak Alam – Sinovac

They are sometimes shared with this video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, saying that anyone can walk in for their COVID-19 vaccination from 1 August onwards.

 

Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia : The Facts

The viral messages are not accurate, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Operation Surge Capacity Runs From 26 July – 1 August

On 16 July 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced Operation Surge Capacity.

This 5-day Operation Surge Capacity aims to give the adult population in KL and Selangor at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1 August 2021.

To vaccinate the remaining 1.3 million adult population in KL and Selangor, the CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) will need to sustain 272,000 vaccinations per day.

Fact #2 : Walk-In Vaccination After Operation Surge Capacity

In a video that is often circulated with the viral message, Khairy Jamaluddin actually said that walk-in vaccination will only happen AFTER Operation Surge Capacity is completed.

So the actual date when people can walk-in and get their COVID-19 vaccination is predicated on the success of Operation Surge Capacity.

If Operation Surge Capacity is extended, then this option will likely be delayed.

Even if Operation Surge Capacity succeeds by 1 August, walk-in vaccination can only happen the next day – 2 August 2021.

So it’s best to WAIT for the official kick-off announcement, and not accept some random WhatsApp message at face value.

Fact #3 : Walk-In Vaccination Only In KL + Selangor

The first viral message also falsely suggests that anyone in Malaysia will be able to walk into any PPV to get vaccinated.

This walk-in vaccination option will only be available in KL and Selangor vaccination centres (PPVs) to “mop up anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor”.

Fact #4 : Walk-In Vaccination Also For Undocumented

Surprisingly, undocumented people in Malaysia will also be allowed to walk into any PPV in KL and Selangor to get vaccinated.

This is very good news, as it is important that EVERYONE gets vaccinated, irrespective of their status in Malaysia.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “This is so that we can ‘mop up’ anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Some people may not have been captured by the Statistics Department’s data, while there are those who are undocumented.

Fact #5 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Adults

On 17 July 2021, CITF kicked off walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens aged 60 years and above in KL and Selangor.

When they expand the walk-in programme after Operation Surge Capacity, it will be restricted to adults – those who are 18 years and above.

So the second message is WRONG in claiming that anyone of “any age” can walk into a PPV to get vaccinated.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination in KL + Selangor Kicks Off!

Fact #6 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Those Without Appointments

Another fact not mentioned by the first message – only those who do NOT have a vaccine appointment yet, will be allowed to walk into a PPV in KL or Selangor.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “Those who have already received their appointment dates are advised to stick to their appointments. Do not walk in.

Fact #7 : Sinovac Will Only Be Used For Dose 2

On 15 July 2021, Malaysia Health Minister, Adam Baba, announced that Sinovac will no longer be used for new vaccinations, and the remaining stock would be used to complete current vaccinations.

Adham Baba said, “About half of the 16 million have already been distributed, so the rest will be used to cover second doses. For those who have yet to be vaccinated, they will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Hence, the second viral message with the list of vaccination centres offering Sinovac for walk-in vaccinations is FALSE.

Fact #8 : CITF Confirmed This Fact Check

On 19 July 2021, JKJAV issued a statement by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) addressing the viral messages :

  • the walk-in programme will be updated and announced LATER
  • not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be open for walk-in vaccinations.

So there you have it – the definitive debunk of the two fake viral messages above – from JKJAV and CITF.

 

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206 IDCC Vaccination Centre Staff Positive For COVID-19!

A total of 206 staff at the IDCC vaccination centre just tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what’s going on, and what you should do if you were recently at the IDCC vaccination centre!

 

206 IDCC Vaccination Centre Staff Positive For COVID-19!

On 13 July 2021, JKJAV – the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced that the IDCC vaccination centre (PPV) will be closed for the day after two volunteers tested positive for COVID-19.

This would allow for sanitisation of the vaccination centre to be carried out. The IDCC PPV will reopen on 14 July 2021.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) immediately ordered a screening test of all other workers at the IDCC PPV.

The test was carried out on 10 July 2021, and they found that another 204 staff were positive for COVID-19, with RT-PCR CT value of 35 – meaning that they have a low viral load.

That would mean a total of 206 staff members of the IDCC PPV have tested positive for COVID-19, including the initial two cases.

National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, also shared that there are 453 workers at the IDCC PPV, of which :

  • 88% (400 people) have been vaccinated
  • 12% (53 people) have not been vaccinated

He did not reveal how many of the 206 positive cases were vaccinated. However, at least 153 of the 400 vaccinated workers would have tested positive for COVID-19 – a vaccine breakthrough rate of about 38%.

All other IDCC PPV workers will be quarantined, and replaced with a new team as a precautionary measure.

NIOSH has been ordered to monitor the ventilation in the IDCC PPV to ensure safety of people getting vaccinated going forward.

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

 

IDCC PPV COVID-19 Exposure : What Should You Do?

CITF has determined that the risk of exposure to the infected IDCC PPV staff members started from 4 PM on 9 July 2021 until 12 July 2021.

Therefore, everyone who went for vaccination at the IDCC PPV from 4 PM on 9 July 2021 until 12 July 2021 must self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms for ten days.

Those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms should get tested immediately.

People who have appointments at IDCC PPV are advised to :

  • maintain COVID-19 precautions
  • maintain physical distance at all times
  • come only at the appointed time
  • go home as soon as they’re vaccinated

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : 9 Week Dose Interval In Malaysia!

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

Find out how it affects vaccine efficacy!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : 9 Week Dose Interval In Malaysia!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : Dose Interval Changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Police Permit NOT Required For COVID-19 Vaccination!

We can now confirm that a police permit is NOT required for people travelling to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations!

Here are the details!

 

Why Need Police Permit For COVID-19 Vaccination???

When the Malaysian government announced the imposition of MCO restrictions on six districts in Selangor, it was announced that interstate and inter-district travel was FORBIDDEN for those districts, except for emergencies and work.

Emergencies, including seeking medical treatment and in cases of death, would require police permission as per the MCO SOP; while work would require a worker’s pass or employer’s letter.

This would mean that those who received their COVID-19 vaccination appointments in other districts, or volunteered to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine would have to request for a police permit, in order to travel to their vaccination centres!

 

Police Permit NOT Required For COVID-19 Vaccination!

Fortunately, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, quickly clarified that you do NOT need a permit from the police.

Just show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the district boundaries. This can be on MySejahtera, the COVID-19 vaccination website, or the SMS.

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : Now Optional, Could Offer A Shortcut!

The Malaysian government has just announced that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine will be taken off the mainstream vaccination programme, and made optional.

Here is what we know about this new development, and why it is a great shortcut for those who want to get vaccinated earlier!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Now Optional

In a press conference on 28 April 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine will no longer be part of the mainstream COVID-19 vaccination programme.

According to the minister, the AstraZeneca vaccine will not be offered at current COVID-19 vaccination centres.

Instead, the government will set up special COVID-19 vaccination centres, where anyone aged 18 or older can register to voluntarily receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This move came after many Malaysians were convinced by viral fake news circulating on social media that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is dangerous.

To avoid people turning up at vaccination centres and rejecting them (and wasting the vaccine doses), they decided to make it optional.

Recommended : Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Optional Registration : A Possible Shortcut?

This optional AstraZeneca vaccination programme could end up being very good news for people who are tired of the slow vaccination process.

Registering for the optional AstraZeneca vaccination will allow them to bypass the long queue in the mainstream COVID-19 vaccination programme.

As we pointed out earlier, the best COVID-19 vaccine you can choose is the first vaccine you can complete!

Trust the science, trust the data, and get vaccinated!

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Begins On 19 April!

Malaysia will start with Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on 19 April 2021!

Here are the latest details of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 1 Finishing Up

On 29 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme was ending.

Originally, they aimed to vaccinate 500,175 people in Phase 1, but that was expanded to 647,398 people.

  • Awaiting vaccination : 66,633
  • First dose administered : 451,655
  • Both doses administered : 129,110

He said that the remaining participants in Phase 1 will receive their first dose in the next 2 weeks.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : Phase 2 Begins On 19 April!

According to the minister, Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme will begin on 19 April 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

Those selected for Phase 2 – in particular, senior citizens, vulnerable adults and disabled adults – will be notified of their appointments as early as 5 April through :

  • MySejahtera
  • SMS
  • Phone call

All eligible recipients will get at least two weeks’ notice in advanced of their vaccination appointments.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : 8 States First In Phase 2

Phase 2 will kick off in these 8 states first :

  • Kedah
  • Penang
  • Pahang
  • Melaka
  • Terengganu
  • Sabah
  • Labuan
  • Sarawak

The other states will start Phase 2 vaccinations a few days later.

 

Register For Your COVID-19 Vaccination Today!

If you have not already done so, please register for your FREE COVID-19 vaccination through :

  1. The MySejahtera app – a future update will introduce a button to register for an appointment.
  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.

Recommended : How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccination On MySejahtera!

 

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