Covid-19 Watch: Shorter booster shot interval to be announced next week, says Khairy

PETALING JAYA: A shorter interval for Covid-19 booster shots will be announced next week, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).

He said this will see the period between the second dose and the third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine being shortened.

“We will announce this next week after finalising the details,” he told a press conference on Saturday (Dec 25).

The move to shorten the interval is similar to measures taken by other countries such as Germany and Australia, which are recommending shorter booster intervals in an attempt to stop the spread of new variants.

Khairy added that following the discovery of a confirmed Omicron case in a man in Sarawak who has no history of recent travel abroad, it is very likely that Omicron is now in the community.

Currently, those who received the Sinovac vaccine get their booster shots 90 days after being fully vaccinated while for Pfizer and AstraZeneca recipients, they are recommended to get a third dose 180 days after the second dose.