Sarawak: Sinovac booster doses only for those allergic to Pfizer

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Sinovac booster doses only for those allergic to Pfizer

By Goh Pei Pei – November 12, 2021 @ 10:46am

KUCHING: The Sarawak health department today clarified that the Sinovac vaccine will be only used as a Covid-19 booster dose for recipients who have a contraindication or allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine.

State Health Department Deputy Director (Public Health) Dr Rosemawati Ariffin said the administration of Covid-19 booster doses throughout Sarawak is in accordance with the latest policy of the Health Ministry where only the Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer has been approved as booster shots.

She said Pfizer booster doses will be given to Pfizer recipients who had completed two doses over six months as well as Sinovac recipients who had completed two doses for more than three months.

“The Pfizer booster dose will also be given to those who had completed their Sinovac vaccinations (thorough mixing vaccines), except in certain circumstances where the recipient has a contraindication or is allergic to the Pfizer vaccine,” she said in a statement today.

The Drug Control Authority (DCA) has only issued conditional approval for the Comirnaty Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer to be used as booster shots.

Dr Rosemawati was responding to DAP Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang, who had questioned why the Sinovac booster dose is already available in Sabah but not expanded to Sarawak.

Chang claimed that the majority of the people were still hesitant and concerned about the ‘mix-and-match’ vaccines approach, hence, the government should allow the Sinovac vaccine to be used as a booster dose for those who prefer the same brand/type of vaccine as soon as possible.

Chang added that she had sighted a MySejahtera digital certificate of a Sabahan, which showed his first, second and booster vaccine doses were all Sinovac.

https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2021/11/744755/sinovac-booster-doses-only-those-allergic-pfizer

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