40 and above may also get booster dose

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KUCHING: The Covid-19 booster vaccine is now extended to individuals aged 40 years old and above, said the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“Those who are eligible for the booster dose will get an appointment date through the MySejahtera application to attend any of the designated health facilities.

“However, for those who are eligible but have yet to receive their appointment date, they may contact the public vaccination centres, government health clinic or private clinic to get an appointment date,” the committee said, adding that the booster doses are free of charge in private clinics and hospitals.

It said this in its Covid-19 daily update statement on Tuesday (Nov 16).

According to the SDMC, as of Nov 14, a total of 391,491 people had received their booster doses whereas Pfizer BioNTech was given conditional approval for the administration of the booster doses.

“The recipients of the booster doses thus far were given priority to the front-line workers and chronically ill (comorbid) adults aged 18 to 59 years old.

“This booster dose is also for those who have a weak immunity due to disease or immunocompromised,” it explained.

It also clarified that those who are allowed to receive the booster shots are those who had Pfizer’s first and second doses and vaccine recipients who received their second dose six months ago. The recipients of the second dose of Sinovac vaccine three months ago may also get the booster.

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