Get booster shot by February or risk vaccination status, says health ministry

(Malaysia Now) – From February 2022 onwards, senior citizens above the age of 60 and those who have received two shots of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine will need to have taken a third booster jab in order to maintain their status as fully vaccinated, the health ministry announced today.

In a statement, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this was in line with the proposal by the World Health Organization (WHO) through its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation or SAGE.

“This proposal was confirmed by the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster on Dec 8,” he said.

“Accordingly, individuals in the aforementioned groups – those who have been fully vaccinated with Sinovac or individuals aged 60 and above, regardless of which vaccine they were initially given – must obtain a booster shot by February 2022 at the latest.

“If they have not received their booster shots by February 2022, their vaccination status will be changed to incomplete, and they will not be eligible for the facilities accorded to those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.”