- There are now a limited number of vaccination centres (PPV) that provide Sinovac as a COVID-19 booster dose option under the National Immunization Program.
- All vaccinations administered under the national immunisation programme, including boosters, are provided free of charge, and appointments for eligible individuals who are fully vaccinated will be sent out automatically through MySejahtera via SMS.
Free Sinovac Booster Vaccines Now Available At Selected Clinics
According to ProtectHealth, there are now a limited number of vaccination centres (PPV) that provide Sinovac as a COVID-19 booster dose option under the National Immunization Program. Pfizer vaccinations are available at the majority of its partnering private hospitals and clinics.
Additionally, the Ministry of Health institution responsible for overseeing vaccination programme participation among Private Medical Practitioners announced that additional vaccination centres would offer Sinovac vaccinations in phases. It was re-iterated that the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force for Booster (CITF-B) continues to propose Pfizer and AstraZeneca as the booster dose for those who have received their full Sinovac dose (2 doses).
All vaccinations administered under the national immunisation programme, including boosters, are provided free of charge, and appointments for eligible individuals who are fully vaccinated will be sent out automatically through MySejahtera via SMS. If you desire to be placed on a waiting list for your booster shot, you may do so at participating private health facilities.
source - NST
Individuals who have had two Sinovac vaccination doses are advised to take a booster three months following the second dose. Pfizer or AstraZeneca are the recommended boosters by default (for people aged 50 years old and above). Individuals who are unable to take Pfizer or AstraZeneca owing to medical reasons will be prescribed Sinovac. As Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin declared last week, individuals who are fully vaccinated with Sinovac may elect to get Sinovac by notifying their vaccination centre.
For those who wish to pay for the Sinovac vaccine, it is also available on the private market. The government has imposed a price restriction on COVID-19 vaccination booster doses administered at private clinics.
Booster doses are now being delivered since the amount of protection against COVID-19 declines three to five months following vaccination. According to a research done by RECoVAM, Sinovac’s protection against infection and ICU admission decreases to 28% after 3-5 months. However, it is still very successful in preventing COVID-19-related fatalities, with a 76 percent success rate.
According to Chilean statistics on vaccine efficacy, those who have been fully vaccinated with Sinovac would acquire 94-95 percent protection if they receive a booster of Pfizer (SSP) and AstraZeneca (SSA), vs 74 percent if they receive Sinovac (SSS).
Malaysia has delivered about 2.5 million booster doses nationally as of 30th November 2021, according to COVIDNow. Malaysia has completely vaccinated 77.8 percent of its population (one or two doses), including 96.9 percent of adults and 86.1 percent of adolescents. Malaysia has administered 54.5 percent of the entire 53.5 million doses provided since the initiation of the national vaccination programme, followed by Sinovac at 37.5 percent, AstraZeneca at 7.6 percent, and CanSino at 0.4 percent.