The Health Ministry reassures individuals who refuse to receive booster doses.
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The Health Ministry (KKM) has stressed the digital vaccination status on MySejahtera for Sinovac recipients will only be incomplete and not removed if they haven’t received their booster shots.
KKM said the false information had been spreading on social media recently .
Accordingly, the incomplete status for Covid-19 vaccination will apply for all Sinovac vaccine recipients aged 18 years and above.
The incomplete status will also apply to vaccine recipients (all types of primary dose) who are 60 years and above and have not yet received a booster dose.
On 24 March, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said more than two million Sinovac recipients will lose their “complete vaccination” status by 1 April.
The reason is because they have not yet received the booster dose.
Menteri Kesihatan, Khairy Jamaluddin merayu kepada rakyat untuk terima dos penggalak terutama individu berusia 60 tahun ke atas atau penerima vaksin Sinovac sebelum 1 April bagi kekalkan status vaksinasi lengkap. #AWANInews pic.twitter.com/7MVvbeBZWD— 🇲🇾Astro AWANI🇲🇾 (@501Awani) March 9, 2022
Are China’s Covid Vaccines Less Effective?
The booster dose of CoronaVac vaccine produced by Sinovac is up to 94 percent effective against the new variant of Covid-19, Omicron.
Pharmaniaga Berhad (Pharmaniaga) said that it was among the initial findings in a study by Sinovac involving three doses of the vaccine with two Omicron strains obtained from Hong Kong.
Recent laboratory test results show that when tested with the Omicron strain, 35% of 20 serum samples involving recipients of two doses of CoronaVac vaccine tested positive for viral neutralizing antibodies.
For recipients of three doses of the vaccine, 94% or 45 of the 48 samples tested positive with viral-neutral antibodies.
The results of this test show that the third dose of Sinovac vaccine effectively increases the serum’s ability to neutralize Omicron strains. Further studies on other Omicron strains are underway.
Pharmaniaga added that the results of the study are in line with the statement of Sinovac’s Senior Director of Overseas Business, Weining Meng.
Meng informed that booster injections given in the interval between six to 12 months after the second dose, will boost the strength of the immune response.
The coronavirus vaccine made in China has been injected into millions of people in various countries.
Chinese state media reported that the country had exported their vaccines to more than 30 countries, from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Egypt, UAE, Pakistan, Philippines, Cambodia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, to Chile.
All of them are less affluent countries and are in dire need of vaccines, while rich countries like Australia prefer vaccines made in Britain, Europe and the United States.
Chinese-made vaccines do not allow for peer-review, prompting health experts’ concern and Western skepticism.