The vaccine rollout has kicked off in many countries as the world scrambles to recover from the pandemic. There are also some vaccines available for vaccination drives, and many countries have made a choice of one, two, or multiple versions and are using them for vaccination of their populations. As the vaccines differ in formulation and associated effects, it’s no wonder people worldwide are interested in which of the multiple vaccines available will be available for them to get vaccinated with. If you live in Malaysia or intend to get vaccinated there, you wonder which of the vaccines the country is choosing to vaccinate with. Below we will look at the various vaccines that are being used for vaccination in Malaysia and the vaccination process.
What Vaccines Have Been Approved For Use In Malaysia?
As far as the most recent information on the subject goes, the vaccines currently approved for use in Malaysia are the Pfizer vaccine(one of the more popular vaccine choices among countries) and the Sinovac Vaccine.
What Should You Know About The Pfizer Vaccine Used In Malaysia’s Vaccination Campaign?
The Pfizer vaccine was developed by a cooperative effort between the US drug company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. This vaccine is specifically recommended for people aged 16 years and older and is usually given in the upper arm muscle, and the usual dosage is two shots given at intervals 21 days apart. The Pfizer vaccine during clinical trials was reported to have been 95% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid and 100% effective at preventing similar cases. These are pretty good numbers that allow for confidence in their use and helps explain why many countries, Malaysia included, have made it part of their vaccination campaigns.
Any Possible Side Effects Of The Pfizer Vaccine?
The side effects are primarily non-serious and clear up in a short while. These include pain in the injection arm, fever, nausea, chills, headaches, tiredness. While these are not something to worry about, if you notice side effects that worry you, let the relevant personnel or your physician know about it. What do you need to know about the Sinovac Vaccine being used in Malaysia’s vaccination campaign? Malaysia kicked off its use of the Sinovac vaccine on March 18, three weeks after it started with the Pfizer vaccine. The Country’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin were the first Malaysian to get a dose of the Sinovac vaccine.
Properly known as the CoronaVac, the Vaccine is developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech. It uses killed viral particles(a common approach to vaccine production) to trigger antibody formation against the virus. While the efficacy rate is not as high as that reported for the Pfizer vaccine, it is still being adopted by an increasing number of countries. The vaccine is also being reported to be effective and safe in younger demographics such as children. Albeit, further data is still being collected on this. What else should you know about Malaysia’s vaccination process? The Malaysian government has announced that it has set up a 2.4 million US dollars compensation fund for those who may have severe side effects due to the Covid vaccinations.
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