The deadline for ALL senior citizens and Sinovac vaccine recipients to receive a booster dose in Malaysia has been extended… AGAIN!
Booster Deadline For Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended Again!
On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose :
- 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
- 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine
On 24 February 2022, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the deadline has been extended, and both groups will have until the 31 March 2022 to get their booster dose.
On 1 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) extended the deadline again, this time by three (3) months.
This means individuals in both groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status only on 1 July 2022.
To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.
KKM Is Also Offering Sinovac Booster Dose
The Health Minister also shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.
To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) will offer Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.
KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.
They are only offering the Sinovac booster dose, because it is better than not taking one at all. As Khairy quipped, “If you are going to travel to a cold country and refuse the coat that KKM offers, it’s better that we give you a t-shirt than let you go naked“.
That’s quite an apt description, as recent studies (here, here and here) have shown that the Sinovac booster dose is about as useful as a t-shirt in winter.
That said, Khairy also said that there are currently no plans for a 4th shot for Sinovac recipients.
Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!
That is why I completely agree with KKM, and highly recommend that Sinovac recipients opt for the much better Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.
If you prefer a Chinese vaccine for work or geopolitical reasons, then opt for the Sinopharm vaccine, which is at least slightly better than the Sinovac vaccine.
But no matter what you choose – please get the booster dose ASAP.
You can walk-in for your booster dose at any Mega PPV or Offsite PPV, or get an appointment at a GP PPV. So it’s really convenient.
Read more : Walk-In Booster Dose Available At All PPVs Across Malaysia!
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