COVID Booster Vaccination

The COVID booster dose is the additional dose provided for those who have completed their 2 dose COVID vaccination schedule.  The purpose of the booster dose is to provide additional protection from COVID infection.

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Who should go for booster vaccination?

Anyone over the age of 18 years is encouraged to go especially with the following risk factors;

  • Caregivers to elderly or sick patients
  • Frontline staff or healthcare workers
  • Elderly population
  • People with co-morbidities such as diabetes, heart or lung disease
  • Pregnant mothers (or wishing to be pregnant)
  • Those needing to travel overseas

What types of booster vaccines are available?

At the moment, Comirnaty from Pfizer-BioNTech, CoronaVac fron Sinovac dan AstraZeneca are available for the booster vaccination.

How do I prepare for the booster vaccine?

Some of the measures you can do to prepare include;

  • Have enough sleep the night before
  • Have a light meal before going for the vaccination
  • Wear comfortable clothes which can expose your arm easily
  • Wear your mask at all times
  • Bring your identity card or passport
  • Bring your mobile phone with MySejahtera app installed with proof of your previous 2 vaccination doses (or vaccination card)
  • You are not in quarantine period

Side effects

After your vaccination, it is common to get fever, chills, headache, tiredness as well as tenderness, pain and/or redness with swelling at the injection site, all of which generally resolve within 2-3 days of rest and adequate hydration with fluids.  You can take some Paracetamol (like Panadol) but not aspirin or NSAIDs.  Avoid alcohol and strenuous physical exercises for the first few days after your vaccination.   On rare occasions, some vaccines may trigger anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction as well as blood clots. 

Severe reactions to vaccinations are rare.  Do see a doctor if you experience dizziness, skin rashes or shortness of breath

Disclaimer. TELEME blog posts contains general information about health conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. 

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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