Covid-19 vaccines: Malaysia will mix and match



Malaysia to use mix-and-match approach for Covid-19 vaccine boosters, says Health Minister

  • PublishedOct 4, 2021, 4:21 pm SGT


KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysia will use a “mix-and-match” approach for those eligible for Covid-19 vaccine booster shots, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Monday (Oct 4).

“Following a study on safety, it was recommended to the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) to allow for a heterologous vaccination approach.

“This approach will allow for a different vaccine to be administered as the booster dose and not necessarily using the same vaccine which the individual was given during vaccination,” he said when replying to a question raised by a Member of Parliament in the Lower House.

Mr Khairy said this first booster dose is set to begin in Sarawak this month, with senior citizens as the initial target group.

To a question by another MP, Mr Khairy noted the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak may be due to several factors despite the state’s high vaccination rate.

“It is not fully proven by studies but there is the issue of waning of the effect of the vaccine. Sarawak was one of the fastest states to get its adult population vaccinated and this may be the reason,” said Mr Khairy.

“That is why we will be starting with the booster shots in Sarawak this month among the elderly,” he added.





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