The government does not plan to make booster doses a legal requirement for Malaysians to get their COVID-19 vaccinations, the Dewan Rakyat was informed today.
As with the first and second dose vaccinations, Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang said that taking the booster dose was a voluntary decision.
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“Although the percentage in uptake of booster dose is relatively slow, which is only 10.83 percent so far, we cannot make the booster shots mandatory.
“But with the emergence of the Omicron variant which is of concern, we recommend that the booster dose be taken," he said.
He was responding to an additional question from Steven Choong Shiau Yoon (Ind-Tebrau) on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) intention to make the booster dose a requirement for full vaccination status.
He said that between 30% and 40% of fully vaccinated individuals (two doses) refused to take the booster dose.
Aaron continued by stating that the MOH would continue to take proactive steps and initiatives to ensure that fully vaccinated individuals get their booster dose.