Booster Shot Registration Now Open For All Adults Aged 18 And Above

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has also recommended Pfizer and AstraZeneca as the booster shots for all vaccine types.

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The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has extended registrations for booster shots to all adults aged 18 and above

In a statement on Wednesday, 24 November, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the CITF Technical Working Group is now recommending booster shots to be administered to all adults who have completed their two primary vaccine shots.

Khairy said the booster shots will be administered on a "step down approach", similar to the primary vaccination campaign

As with the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), the Ministry of Health (MOH) will still focus first on the elderly, those with underlying conditions, and the high-risk groups such as frontliners, pregnant mothers, and those planning to travel overseas, before rolling out boosters to younger adults.

The CITF has recommended a homologous (same vaccine) and heterologous (different vaccine) schedule for the booster shots

According to the schedule, Pfizer and AstraZeneca are generally the recommended booster shots for all vaccine types.

However, Pfizer is recommended for those below the age of 50, whereas those above 50 are recommended to take the AstraZeneca booster instead.

Khairy said the strategy is to boost efficacy rates.

Meanwhile, Sinovac recipients may take a Sinovac booster if they insist, even though the recommended boosters are still Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots.

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Those interested to register for booster shots may visit online portal ProtectHealth to find their nearest vaccination centre (PPV), then walk in, call, or email them to place their names on the wait list.

According to the MOH, you may also visit MySejahtera to register for the booster shot. However, the app is still giving priority to high-risk groups.

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