Mix and Matching COVID Vaccines Will Not be Allowed
Malaysian Pharmacists Society president Amrahi Buang stated that those who has registered for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will not be permitted to choose or request the type of vaccine they are administered with, for both doses.
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However, for those with severe allergic reactions after getting the first dose can be considered for a mix-and-match approach. Amrahi added saying that those who has had severe allergic reactions to the first dose should refrain from getting the second dose.
In a follow-up statement by KPJ Damansara gynaecologist Dr Imelda Balchin, she stated that pregnant women with existing medical conditions and frontliners are at an increased risk in contracting the virus and therefore should get vaccinated as the benefits of the vaccine far outweighs the side effects.
With many people still on the fence about getting vaccinated, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital nephrologist, Dr Rafidah Abdullah, said that people need to streamline their information about the vaccines from official sources only such as the Ministry of Health, MySejahtera App or the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (not WhatsApp).
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As it stands right now, the health ministry has given conditional approval for three variations of COVID-19 vaccines which are Covid-19 AstraZeneca solution for injection, manufactured by MedImmune Pharma BV Netherland; CoronaVac suspension for injection by Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd; and Comirnaty concentrate for dispersion for injection by Pfizer.