Clarification on teens and second booster shots


A SECOND booster shot is recommended for moderately or severely immunocompromised teenagers aged between 12 and 17, says Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

“Adolescents aged between 12 and 17 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and have their conditions confirmed by a specialist at the Health Ministry or the private sector will be considered for a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at an interval of at least eight weeks from the second dose,” he said.

He said the first booster would be administered to moderately or severely immunocompromised teenagers who have completed their three primary doses.

The first booster shot will be given at least three months after the third primer dose.

“The second booster dose will be given at least four to six months after receiving the first booster,” he said.

Their condition must also be certified by healthcare practitioners.

Dr Noor Azmi said this when The Star sought clarification on whether the second booster shot would be administered to all teenagers.

Children aged between five and 11 who are moderately or severely immunocompromised will also be given a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at an interval of at least eight weeks after the second dose.

At the Dewan Rakyat earlier yesterday, Dr Noor Azmi said the first booster shot administered to teenagers had been re-categorised as the third dose to complete their primer vaccination.

“This means three months after completing their third dose, they can take their first booster, and after four to six months, they can take the second booster,” he said during the question-and-answer session.

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