Sinovac recipients can pick same brand for booster shots


Recipients of the Sinovac vaccination primer doses can now pick the same brand for their booster shots, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Speaking during a press conference here yesterday, he said the decision was due to the reluctance of Sinovac vaccine recipients to take different booster doses such as Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca.

“Although MOH (Health Ministry) still believes in encouraging them to take Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster doses, taking any booster is better than no booster,” he said.

According to Khairy, there are 3.5 million recipients of the Sinovac primer doses who have yet to receive their booster shots, and the MOH will be issuing appointments for them.

He said the colour of the vaccination certificate for Sinovac recipients in the MySejahtera application would also change to white if they had not taken the booster dose before March.

“If they do not get the booster dose in February, their yellow-coloured vaccination certificate will change to white beginning March 1, 2022,” he said.

On former Covid-19 patients who were allowed to return home from quarantine centres and the susceptibility of the virus if they were in the limited space of a vehicle, Khairy said the impact was very minimal.

“Very, very minimal (infectiousness). Once you are out of the PKRC (Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre), you are clear,” he said, while suggesting to avoid contact with individuals in the vehicle.


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