Booster Shot Gap To Be Reduced To Curb Omicron Variant Says Khairy

Booster Shot Gap To Be Reduced To Curb Omicron Variant Says Khairy

The decision to decrease the period is identical to those taken by other countries like Germany and Australia, which are proposing shorter booster intervals in an effort to halt the spread of new variants.


Booster Shot Gap To Be Reduced To Curb Omicron Variant Says Khairy

In the midst of concern over the Omicron variant, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a shorter gap for Covid-19 booster doses would be released next week.

This would decrease the time between the second and third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, he added, adding that 62 Omicron cases have been confirmed in the country as of Saturday.

We will announce this (the new interval) next week after finalising details,” he said in a press conference.

Those who received the Sinovac vaccine are now encouraged to get a booster dose 90 days after being fully vaccinated, whereas those who received the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines are advised to get a third dose 180 days following the second dose.

The decision to decrease the period is identical to those taken by other countries like Germany and Australia, which are proposing shorter booster intervals in an effort to halt the spread of new variants.

Source - MalaysiaNow

Following the identification of the Omicron variant in a guy in Sarawak who had no recent travel overseas, Khairy said that it was quite possible that it was now present in the community.

He said the suspected local infection was reported on December 24 in Sarawak, involving a 38-year-old Chinese national who had been working at an engineering firm in the state for three years and had no record of travelling overseas during that time.

From December 15 to 21, the Health Ministry and the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) performed PCR genotyping assay testing on 145 Covid-19 positive case samples collected from travellers.

Out of the 145 samples, 60 showed the possibility of being the Omicron variant, and 45 of those 60 samples were verified to be Omicron on December 24.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Health and Community Medicine at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak identified 4 more Omicron cases.

Out of the total 49 new cases, 30 were imported infections from Saudi Arabia which occurred among travellers who returned to Malaysia after performing the umrah.

A large number of them did not adhere to home quarantine regulations.

They did not isolate themselves from other family members living in the same house and also accepted guests during the quarantine period,” said Khairy.

He encouraged individuals travelling abroad, particularly Saudi Arabia, to receive a booster dose.

Source – The Star

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