Frontliners, Elderly & High Risk Individuals To Receive 3rd Dose Booster Shot Starting Early October
Credits: The Straits Times
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has announced yesterday that the government will be administering Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to high risk groups to boost their immunity against the virus.
According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, among the groups that are prioritised to receive their third dose of vaccination include frontliners, immunocompromised individuals, the elderly with comorbidities, as well as workers at old folks homes.
The administration of the booster shot is expected to start in early October once 80% of the country's adult population have been fully vaccinated. However, Khairy said the Ministry of Health is currently awaiting approval from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) before they could announce further details on which type of vaccine requires booster shots.
He added that the administration of the booster shot does not mean that the first two doses are ineffective, but rather, it is to increase individuals' immune system against Covid-19. Apart from Malaysia, countries like Singapore, the UK and the US have also started giving booster shots.