Are Malaysians reluctant over booster shots?

by | Oct 23, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

The Ministry of Health is set to inoculate citizens with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine but there is a sense of reluctance due to ‘cocktailing’ different vaccines.

Sinovac recipients who are age 60 and above are required to be administered booster shots based on the advice of Strategic Advisory Group Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) from the World Health Organization (WHO) beginning yesterday, October 22.

However, the latest development is creating doubts within Malaysians as they are worried over the side effects of mixing different brands.

Loo Esther said, “It’s bad enough we had to take an ‘experimental’ vaccine. Now you expect us to take a ‘rojak’ vaccine? Wrong move.”

Others have accused the government of conducting booster shots without inadequate data backing its validity.

In prior months, European nations like Sweden had halted their vaccinations due to side effects.

Zach Sow discourages the government from just settling on one brand of vaccine as it may create vaccine hesitancy.

Since it is Pfizer, he will not be taking it himself and would rather pay for any inactivated virus type of vaccine for his booster.

At this time, the Health Minister had stated that the dose is ‘free and voluntary’.