Khairy: Senior Citizens And Frontliners To Start Receiving Covid-19 Booster Dose
According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the MOH will begin administering Covid-19 vaccine booster dose to senior citizens aged 60 and above and frontliners who have completed vaccination for at least 6 months.
“Individuals who are eligible would be informed through MySejahtera application. For individuals who do not have MySejahtera, the announcement would be made via SMS (short messaging system) or phone call by the vaccination centre (PPV),” Khairy said.
Booster shots are additional doses which will be given to people who had earlier acquired adequate protection after being fully vaccinated, but the immunity may start to dwindle after some time. Khairy added that the booster dose will be carried out voluntarily and is free under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
“The objective of administering the Covid-19 booster shot is to ensure an optimum protection period for recipients in Malaysia,” he said. The selection of vaccine would depend on the approval of the indications used by the treating doctor, and the supply of vaccines available either of the same or different type as the last dose.
“The additional dose will be given at selected health facilities under the supervision of a doctor,” he said.