Dr Sim grateful Sarawak first to start booster dose

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (right) with medical frontliners who are eligible for the booster dose.

KUCHING: Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has expressed appreciation to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) for entrusting Sarawak to be the first in to start the booster dose.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor lauded the medical frontliners and high-risk or vulnerable group throughout the state for being among the first to get the Covid-19 booster dose at their respective clinics and hospitals.

“The Malaysian medical experts from National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of the MoH recent set the criteria for booster dose such as only Pfizer is approved for the time being and homologous or no mixing of vaccines yet.

“Besides that, the other criteria are it has been six months after the second dose. It is expected that more decisions on this will be made in the near future,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Oct 14).

Dr Sim who is also the Local Government and Housing Minister stated that individuals who are over 60 years old in the high-risk or vulnerable group that fulfilled the criteria can make appointment with the nearest participating general practitioner clinics after tomorrow (Oct 15).

“Similar to the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) rolled out at the beginning of the year, the next group would be those with comorbidities,” he said.

He added that as more people are approaching six-month mark after the second dose time, medical experts will have more decisions on booster dose for those with Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

Medical frontliners waiting for their turn for the booster dose.