Covid-19: CITF recommends boosters for all aged 18 and above; Sinovac, AZ can now be used


KUALA LUMPUR: The Technical Working Committee (TWG) under the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force-Booster (CITF-B) has recommended booster doses for all residents of Malaysia aged 18 and above.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the vaccines that will be used are Comirnaty (from Pfizer BioNTech), AstraZeneca and CoronaVac (Sinovac) with priority given according to an "age step down" approach, frontliners, individuals with comorbidity, pregnant women and those who need to travel abroad.

"For recipients of CoronaVac, the booster dose would be given three months after the second dose. They are recommended to receive a Comirnaty (Pfizer) booster dose for all levels or the AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals aged 50 and above.

"For individuals who cannot take Comirnaty or AstraZeneca vaccines as a booster, the CoronaVac vaccine can be administered, nonetheless they have to inform the vaccination centre (PPV) to receive the vaccine," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apart from that, AstraZeneca vaccine recipients will be given a booster dose six months after the second dose and they are recommended to receive the same vaccine for all ages although the Comirnaty vaccine can be used.

Khairy said for the recipients of other vaccines such as Comirnaty, Spikevax (Moderna) and Convidecia (CanSino), Covilo (Sinopharm) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), they are recommended to receive the Comirnaty vaccine as the booster dose for all ages or AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals aged 50 and above.

"Recipients of Comirnaty, Spikevax and Convidecia would be given booster dose six months after the last jab while for recipients of Covilo vaccine, it is three months after the second dose and the Janssen vaccine, two months after the last shot," he said.

He said the booster dose would be dispensed at private medical facilities or off-site private health facilities and the booster dose is also administered at selected health clinics and government hospitals as well as outreach centres.

He said the appointment of booster doses for eligible individuals would be given through the MySejahtera application or recipients could register to be on waiting lists to obtain appointment dates at selected public and private health facilities.

The list of public and private health facilities involved in administering booster dose can be obtained via the Health Ministry website at covid19.moh.gov.my/vaksin-covid-19 or Protect Health website at protecthealth.com.my. – Bernama

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