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Sarawak will be the first state to administer a booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine starting in October, according to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.
He said the booster dose for the Covid-19 vaccine will be given next month to Sarawakians who have already received two doses of injections.
However, the minister noted that his ministry is currently still in the process of preparing clinical guidelines for the implementation of the booster shot.
He said among those being studied include whether the recipient would be given the same type of vaccine as the previous two doses, or other types that are appropriate.
“At the initial stage, the booster dose will be given to high-risk groups such as the elderly and those with serious comorbidities.
“We will start this in October as soon as the clinical guidelines for booster doses are ready,” he said in a press conference after the Special Meeting on Immunisation and Pandemic Management with members of the
Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today.
Khairy also did not rule out the possibility that the booster dose would be given to those who are healthy, as well as those under the age of 60 in the future.