KKM will soon offer the CanSino booster dose for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme!
Here is what you need to know…
KKM To Offer CanSino Booster Dose For FREE!
The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) conditionally approved the CanSino Convidecia vaccine as a booster dose on 6 January 2022.
This conditional approval allows the CanSino Convidecia booster dose to be given to individuals 18 years and older, after 3 to 6 months from getting the single-dose vaccine.
On 21 March 2022, KKM announced that they will make the CanSino booster dose available for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme.
It will mainly be used as a booster dose for existing Chinese vaccines.
You will be able to apply for the CanSino booster dose in MySejahtera shortly.
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CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : A Quick Primer
It uses a modified Ad5 virus containing the DNA instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike, which are then created by your own cells and presented on their surfaces.
These “foreign” protein spikes triggers the body’s immune system, which then makes antigens to target these spikes.
The Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so its booster dose is its “second” dose. It works by triggering the immune system a second time, greatly boosting the amount of antibodies.
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CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : Should You Get It?
The Sinovac primary dose vaccine had a 65.7% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19, so its booster dose will certainly be superior to the Sinovac booster dose (50.4% efficacy).
It is likely that KKM is offering the CanSino booster dose as a superior alternative to the Sinovac booster dose, to those who must absolutely receive only a Chinese vaccine.
That said, its efficacy is not as good as the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine. That is why KKM is still recommending the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.
If you want the best possible booster dose, get the Pfizer vaccine. Alternatively, get the AstraZeneca vaccine if you have an allergic reaction or strong side effects from an earlier Pfizer vaccination.
But opt for the CanSino booster dose, if you need a Chinese vaccine for easier travel to China. It is certainly a superior vaccine to the other option – Sinovac.
Hopefully, the introduction of the CanSino booster dose will see the Sinovac vaccine phased out for good.
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