Pfizer and AZ Vaccine Recipients Can Now Receive Booster Shots 3 Months After Second Dose
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Heads up for Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine recipients! Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the interval for said vaccine recipients can now take their booster shots 3 months after their second dose, as the interval has been shortened from the initial 6 months recommendation.
The new recommendation is apparently made based on data and guidelines by health experts in the UK, Canada, and Australia. "There has been strong evidence that COVID-19 boosters may increase protection against infections by the Omicron variant. An early study involving 21 million booster doses in the United Kingdom showed convincing data," Khairy said.
According to the MOH, appointments will be given according to age and risk factors. Priority for booster shots will be given to frontliners, adults aged 40 and above, adults aged 18 and above with comorbidities, staff and residents of care facilities, individuals travelling abroad, and pregnant mothers.
Other than Pfizer and AstraZeneca, booster doses for all vaccine types available in the country is now standardised to a 3-month interval after an individual's second dose.