More people walking in for boosters

THE daily number of recipients getting booster shots in Penang has increased after the walk-in registration services were available starting last Monday.

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27/11/2021 2:10:00 AM

The daily number of recipients getting booster shots in Penang has increased after the walk-in registration services were available starting last Monday.

THE daily number of recipients getting booster shots in Penang has increased after the walk-in registration services were available starting last Monday.

At a Covid-19 vaccine dispensing clinic in Bayan Baru, many people interviewed said they had no apprehension or reservation in taking booster doses.Wheelchair-bound Gunasakaran Subramaniam, 61, was among those who were at the clinic to get their booster jab.

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The former trader had one of his legs amputated at the knee due to acute case of diabetes.“Upon receiving notification, I told my son to take time-off and bring me here as I have been told that the efficacy of Sinovac vaccine would wane after three months.

“I did not want to take chances. I am sure the Government would know what is best for us.“If the Pfizer shots were not safe, they would not have approved it,” said Gunasakaran, whose wife received her booster shot on Tuesday.It was earlier reported that those eligible for booster shots can now apply to be on the walk-in waiting list at any one of the 86 Covid-19 vaccine dispensing centres in Penang.

There are eight private hospitals, 78 private clinics and a healthcare organisation (HCO) centre to cater to those eligible but yet to be notified via the MySejahtera app.Before this, Penang health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin had expressed disappointment over the slow rate of administering booster shots in Penang compared to other states in the country.

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Housewife Semeha Md Udin, 63, said she would not be influenced by some of her friends who were still taking a ‘wait and see’ approach.“They tried to convince me that a booster was not needed, but I was adamant in not taking the risk due to my age,” she said.

Lorry driver Yeoh Teng Chai, 62, took his booster jab after being told that the efficacy of Sinovac vaccine would be lower after a few months.“I need a booster shot, but did not know that it would be Pfizer.“I took half-day off for this purpose. I am a diabetic and worried that my immune system will be low against the virus,” he said.

Retired contractor Mah Kooi Pheng of Bayan Lepas said there had been enough publicity to suggest that a heterologous booster shot (mix-and-match approach) would be good for the people.“We should be thankful and hope the booster shot would guard us against the virus.

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“Why pay for another type of vaccine when the government is giving us one for free.“The Government knows what is best for us. Just get it done when the Government says so,” he saidA total of 56,961 recipients have received the Pfizer booster shots as at 11.59pm on Wednesday.

Those who registered for the waiting list would be contacted by the private health facilities to replace no-shows or cancellations and get vaccinated on a walk-in basis.The registration is for those who are eligible for booster shots, who want to be vaccinated earlier than their appointment dates, who have not received their first or second Covid-19 vaccine doses, who missed their appointments and adolescents aged 12 to 17 who have not completed their vaccination dosage.

Priority is given to frontliners, individuals aged 40 and above, those aged 18 and above with comorbidities, residents and workers of long-term healthcare facilities, pregnant women and those who need to travel abroad.Article type: freeMore photosMah getting his booster jab at the clinic.

Semeha being shown the filled syringe before getting her booster dose from Dr Wong Wai Pheng.Gunasakaran showing his vaccination certificate after receiving his booster shot.Join ourchannel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

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