PETALING JAYA: The interval between Covid-19 vaccination doses in Malaysia is determined through information and data sent by the vaccine manufacturer, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme said the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Committee (JKJAV) took note of recommendations and considerations from Singapore and other countries to extend the time interval between two doses of vaccine in their vaccination programmes.
"As mentioned earlier, the time interval between doses for the Covid-19 vaccine used in Malaysia is determined through information and data sent by the vaccine manufacturer to the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA).
"As with the conditional approval given to all Covid-19 vaccines used in Malaysia, the vaccine manufacturer must submit information, as well as developments when there is latest data from the use of vaccines of their products," he said in a statement on Tuesday (May 18).
He said for the purpose of extending the time interval between the two doses, a group of experts under the Covid-19 Vaccine Candidate Selection Committee (JKPCV) led by Dr. Kalaiarasu Peariasamy was also evaluating the suitability of this mechanism based on the findings, as well as the results of its implementation in other countries in addition to obtaining feedback from vaccine manufacturing companies.
"Further decisions on this matter will be notified from time to time," he said.
Meanwhile, on attendance at Vaccination Centres (PPV), Khairy said the ICTF advised the public to check their Covid-19 risk status on the MySejahtera application before coming to get the vaccine.
"Individuals with confirmed case status, suspect cases, close contacts and individuals under monitoring are not allowed to attend and enter the PPV.
"Vaccine recipients are also reminded to arrive at the PPV according to the given time slot and are asked not to attend too early to avoid congestion at the PPV as has been the case in recent days," he said, adding that that vaccine recipients will only be allowed to enter the PPV according to the time set.
He said if an individual who has received an appointment is unable to attend, a new appointment would be given on another date.
"Each PPV has a waiting list to be contacted to replace any absences to reduce the risk of vaccine wastage," he said.