Did Health Minister KJ advise against booster shots?

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Did Malaysian Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin advise healthy people against getting vaccinated against COVID-19?

Take a look at the viral claim and find out what the facts really are!

Claim : Health Minister KJ advises against booster shots!

People are sharing a video from the Malaysian Gazette showing Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin saying medical professionals should not get vaccinated against COVID-19.

It is often shared with this warning:

Khairy said the booster is NOT recommended for healthy people!!

Here is my translated transcript for context:

Oh, there hasn’t been a decision yet. But looking at the first person to get the vaccine – the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia, I have to ask Tan Sri Muhyiddin if he wants to get the booster (dose).

I took Sinovac quite late so I don’t need a booster yet. But that’s a serious answer – the booster is only offered to people who should have it.

I’m young, I don’t have any comorbidities at the moment, so I shouldn’t take a booster because I would be taking someone else’s vaccine.

Thus, the booster dose should be given to people who experts believe can receive the booster – people 60 and older, those with comorbidities, those who are immunocompromised. The boosters are for those people, not healthy people right now.

We do not recommend boosters for healthy people at this time. It is only for certain groups that we give the booster dose.

Truth : Health Minister KJ Booster Shot video taken out of context

This is yet another example of fake anti-vaccination news created by twisting statements from the past.

Fact #1: This video is from September 20, 2021

First of all, I must specify that this video was taken during a press conference on September 20, 2021 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport – over 4 months ago!

It was FALSE shared as a new videoto deceive people into believing that the Minister of Health was telling people not to take the booster dose.

The fake news creator used this old video to intentionally mislead you.

Fact #2: Limited doses available for booster shots At this moment

Just a day before the video, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri announced that Malaysia would start administering the COVID-19 booster dose, after the nationwide vaccination rate exceeded 80% of the adult population.

At that time, the vaccine supply was still limited and studies show that fully vaccinated people still had good protection against COVID-19.

Therefore, the priority was to give at least 80% of the adult population the chance to receive the primary series of the vaccine first. Then the booster dose would be given to a priority group who are most at risk:

  • frontliners
  • people aged 60 and over
  • people with comorbidities
  • immunocompromised people

It is the same order of priority that was adopted when Malaysia launched the vaccination program against COVID-19.

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy for Malaysia

Updated COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy for Malaysia!

Fact #3: Booster Shot recommended for all adults

After a month and a half of giving the booster dose to the priority group, the government recommended the booster dose for all people aged 40 and over on November 9, 2021.

This was later extended to everyone 18 and over on November 24, 2021 – on the same day, South Africa reported the discovery of the Omicron variant to the WHO.

Since then, the Malaysian Ministry of Health (KKM) and Khairy Jamaluddin have been actively encouraging people to receive the booster dose of COVID-19.

Fact #4: Booster Shot helps protect against variants

KKM strongly recommended the booster shot, to protect against Delta and Omicron variants, after the recent RECoVAM study showed the decreasing protection of COVID-19 vaccines.

They were also concerned about the latest data on the Omicron variantwhich showed greater transmissibility, greater viral binding affinity, and greater antibody leakage.

Evidence has shown that a booster shot can increase protection against the Omicron variant. And early research looking at 21 million booster doses in the UK has shown them to be safe.

In line with these findings, regulatory bodies in the UK, Canada and Australia as well as groups of health experts now recommend that the booster dose be given as early as three (3) months after the primary vaccination.

Read more : Pfizer vs Sinovac: which is better against the Omicron variant?

Pfizer vs Sinovac: which is better against the Omicron variant?

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