2021, Promotion, September

COVID-19 PRIVATE VACCINATION (SINOPHARM)

COVID-19 PRIVATE VACCINATION (SINOPHARM)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get vaccinated with the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine? 

Answer: You can register for the vaccine via the online registration form bit.ly/AHvaccineform. Please submit the confirmed details and attach the payment slip. The arrangement will be notified once the processing is completed.


Q: Can I walk into the hospital to receive the Sinopharm vaccination? 

Answer: No, you cannot. Prior appointment is required for the vaccination. Please submit the form and payment slip for us to arrange an appointment.


Q: How much is the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine? 

Answer: It’s RM320 for 2 doses.


Q: Are there any other fees incurred apart from the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine? 

Answer: No. The registration fee of RM8 (for new registration) and RM6 (for the existing patients) will be waived.


Q: How can I make an appointment for a vaccination with the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine? 

Answer: An appointment will be scheduled upon completion and submission of the form. A hospital representative will be in touch to schedule an appointment with you upon receiving the completed form within 2-3 working days.


Q: What is Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine? 

Answer: Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Ministry Of Health. It is an inactivated virus vaccine produced by China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (CNPG), which is the subsidiary of Sinopharm Group Co., Ltd – a Chinese pharmaceutical company. Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine was approved by the Chinese FDA on 31 December 2020. Under emergency circumstances, Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine has been widely used in more than 40 countries around the world.


Q: What are the benefits obtained from Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines? 

Answer: Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine is an inactivated virus vaccine using SARS-CoV-2 viruses whose genetic materials have been destroyed either by chemicals, radiation, or heat. Once the capability of viral replication is debilitated, the viruses cannot multiply, but they can still trigger the immune system to build up antibodies to fight against COVID-19. Theoretically, the technology used to produce an inactivated virus vaccine is considered safe, e.g. some inactivated flu vaccines have been used for a long time.


Q: How efficacious is Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: A large multi-country Phase 3 trial has shown that 2 doses, administered at an interval of 21 days, have an efficacy of 79% against symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection 14 or more days after the second dose. Vaccine efficacy against hospitalisation was 79%. Nevertheless, the trial was not designed and powered to demonstrate efficacy against severe disease in persons with comorbidities, in pregnancy, or in people aged 60 years and above. Women were underrepresented in the trial. The median duration of follow-up available at the time of evidence review was 112 days. In addition, the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines might widely vary against different variants. (WHO, 13 September 2021)


Q: What is the recommended dosage regimen?

Answer: Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 and above. The vaccine is given as 2 doses (0.5 ml) intramuscularly. WHO recommends an interval of 3–4 weeks between the first and second dose. If the second dose is administered less than 3 weeks after the first, the dose does not need to be repeated. If administration of the second dose is delayed beyond 4 weeks, it should be given at the earliest possible opportunity. It is recommended that all vaccinated individuals receive two doses.


Q: What are contraindications to Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine is not recommended for:

  • Individuals who developed serious allergic reactions from previous vaccination with Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Individual who is allergic to vaccine components.
  • People aged below 18.
  • Pregnant women. The Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine might be considered only if vaccine benefits outweigh the potential risks.
  • People who have fever or body temperature is greater than 38.5 ‘C.

Q: What are possible side effects caused by Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: Common side effects caused by Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine are:

  • Pain, swelling, redness at the injection site. A cold compress can be applied to alleviate pain.
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain or malaise
  • Fever or chills
  • Nausea

These side effects usually happen within a day or two after getting the vaccine. These are normal reactions that your body is building up protection. These symptoms should subside and go away within a few days. In case a headache or fever exhibits, paracetamol can be taken as directed by your doctor, if no allergy history.

Nonetheless, if symptoms worsen or severe allergic reactions developed, e.g. skin rash, urticarial, breathing difficulty, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea, immediate medical assistance must be sought.


Q: Can people infected with COVID-19 be vaccinated with Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine?

Answer: For COVID-19 patients who have been treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma therapy in the hospital, Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine administration can be considered at least 90 days after receiving COVID-19 treatment. For COVID-19 patients who did not receive monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma therapy, Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine can be administered once SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCT test shows a negative results (not detected) for at least 1 month.


Q: Can Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine be used interchangeably with other COVID-19 vaccines?

Answer: Due to a lack of firm clinical evidence in efficacy and safety, COVID-19 vaccines should not be used interchangeably. The first dose and second dose should be the same vaccine. However, if severe allergic reactions develop after the first dose, other alternative vaccines might be considered. Once administrative guideline for vaccine interchangeability becomes conclusive, the recommendations might be changed in accordance with the standard guidelines.


Q: Can Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine be used as a booster dose after 2 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine were fully given?

Answer: Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are both inactivated virus vaccines protecting against COVID-19. There is no current evidence to demonstrate the additional benefit of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose after 2 doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine were fully administered.

Please note that all COVID-19 vaccines are newly developed under emergency circumstances. Long-term studies indicating their efficacy and safety are relatively limited, therefore it remains important to stay updated on clinical recommendations and guidelines.


Q: Can Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine be used as a booster dose after 2 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were fully given?

Answer: There is no current evidence to demonstrate the additional benefit of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose after 2 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were fully administered.

Please note that all COVID-19 vaccines are newly developed under emergency circumstances. Long-term studies indicating their efficacy and safety are relatively limited, therefore it remains important to stay updated on clinical recommendations and guidelines.

Corporate or Group Registration

For group registration of 20 persons or more, please WhatsApp us at +6012-212 9665 or email marketing@nilaimc.com for more information.