In view of the opening of borders, the Ministry of Health received requests among individuals who wish to travel abroad to obtain a second booster dose to fulfill the travel requirements.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said some countries in continental Europe do not acknowledge the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines as the primary dose and booster dose, instead outlining primary vaccines of the mRNA type.
“Thus, individuals who wish to travel abroad can be given a second booster dose after an interval of at least one month from the first booster dose.
“As of March 31, a total of 701 individuals had received digital certificates of exemption from vaccination for medical reasons. Thus they will be automatically exempted from the booster dose.
“As for individuals who are not eligible to obtain a booster dose for medical reasons, especially the primary Sinovac or Sinopharm recipients or senior citizens who have not yet received a digital vaccination exemption certificate, they will need to submit a new application.
“They need to obtain confirmation from a medical practitioner and then make an application at the nearest district health office by submitting the assessment slip,” he explained.