Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that individuals over 60 who are at high risk due to comorbidities are now eligible for a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The additional dose is optional and only Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine will be offered.
Senior citizens with comorbidities will be able to get the fourth shot between four to six months after their first booster, while seniors without comorbidities can also get a second booster provided they get approval from their doctor. Boosted seniors who have been infected with COVID-19 will be eligible for a fourth shot three months after they recover.
While the European Union now officially recognises the MySejahtera digital certificate, some countries such as Germany still do not recognise the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine even with a Pfizer booster. As such, individuals will be able to request a second Pfizer booster for the purpose of travelling to these countries.
Due to the targeted approach, Khairy said that the ministry has more than enough Pfizer doses for the additional boosters, with the start date and registration method to be announced later on. Moreover, teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 who are immunocompromised will also be able to get a booster at least 28 days after their second dose.