Covid-19: Sinovac recipients, those above 60 must get booster shots by February or have their status changed to ‘incomplete’, says KJ

Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin. Photo: BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: If you don’t get your Covid-19 booster shot by February next year, your vaccination status may be deemed “incomplete”, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Health Minister said the groups affected by this are those who received the Sinovac vaccine, as well as anyone who is above 60 years old.

“If these groups of individuals still have not gotten their booster shots after February 2022, their vaccination status will be changed to ‘incomplete’,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Dec 16).

He said those whose status has been changed to “incomplete” would not be able to enjoy the benefits of those who have been deemed to have completed their vaccinations.

He said individuals who must get their booster shots before the end of February next year are those who had taken the Sinovac vaccine.

He added that those above 60 years old, who had taken a vaccine irrespective of the type of vaccines, will also be required to take their booster shot.

Khairy said this was in line with a recommendation by the World Health Organisation’s Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) advice.

He noted that the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force — Booster (CITF-B) had approved and adopted the recommendation on Dec 8.

At present, Khairy said that Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNTech, CoronaVac by Sinovac and AstraZeneca have been approved for use for booster shots.

The Working Technical Committee, he added, had recommended that those above 18 should get their booster shots.

Source: The Star


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