• Farah Salim

Cominarty, AstraZeneca, CoronaVac recommended as booster dose for individuals aged 18 and above


24 Nov 2021

By Farah Salim


KUALA LUMPUR: The Technical Working Committee (TWG) under the COVID-19 Promoter Immunization Task Force (CITF-B) has recommended a booster dose involving three types of vaccine to be given to all individuals aged 18 and above.


Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the doses are Comirnaty, AstraZeneca and CoronaVac vaccines with priority appointments given according to age, front-line workers, individuals with comorbidities, pregnant women and overseas needs.


"For CoronaVac vaccine recipients, a booster dose will be given three months after the second dose is received. It is recommended to receive a booster dose of Comirnaty (Pfizer) vaccine for all ages or AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals 50 years of age and older.


“For individuals who are not able to take Comirnaty or AstraZeneca vaccine as a booster dose, CoronaVac (Sinovac) vaccine can be given, however, individuals who choose to receive CoronaVac vaccine can inform the vaccination center about it," he said in a statement today.


Meanwhile, AstraZeneca vaccine recipients will be given a booster dose six months after the second dose and they are recommended to receive the same booster dose of the vaccine for all ages, however the Comirnaty vaccine can also be used.


“Recipients of Comirnaty, Spikevax and Convidecia will be given a booster dose after six months from the last injection, while recipients of the Covilo vaccine will be given after three months from the second dose and the Janssen vaccine after two months from the last dose," Khairy stated.


He added that the public can receive the booster dose at private medical practitioners’ facilities, selected government health clinics and hospitals, as well as via outreach activities.


He said appointment dates for booster doses for eligible individuals would be given through the MySejahtera application.


The public can also register on the waiting list to get appointment dates at selected public and private health facilities.


A list of public and private health facilities involved in the administration of booster doses can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health Malaysia https://covid19.moh.gov.my/vaksin-covid-19 or on the website Protect Health https://protecthealth.com .my/.