Malaysians who receive a booster shot appointment should come forward to get it.
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Are you all ready to get the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine?
Recently, health director-general Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah brought some good news at a press conference.
According to Dr. Noor Hisham, the Ministry of Health will further expand the application of third doses or fortifier vaccines to four groups, namely:
- People over 18 years old with symptoms
- People over 40 years old
- Pregnant woman
- Non-medical frontline personnel
He noted that it is in line with recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE).
Accordingly, research data shows that those who are vaccinated face a decline in immunity after a few months.
As a result, it led to an increase in the number of breakthrough infections, such as the Delta variant.
As more mutant strains come into existence, it becomes a concern as these variants are easier to spread and affect a country’s ability to prevent an epidemic.Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
Dr. Noor Hisham added that some foreign countries that vaccinated earlier than Malaysia have now implemented the application of an additional dose of vaccines based on scientific data, including the United Kingdom and Singapore.
Previously, the government announced that vaccinations were limited for front-line personnel and older people.
AstraZeneca and Sinovac are among the vaccines being considered for booster shots.
Booster dosing began nationwide on 13 October.
Those who are eligible will receive their appointments through the MySejahtera application.