FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019.
Why is it called COVID-19?
Covid-19 (COVID-19) is an acronym for Coronavirus Disease 2019, “CO” stands for Corona, “VI” stands for Virus, “D” stands for Disease, and “19” is the year that the disease was first identified.
How many strains (or variants) of COVID-19 are there?
As of the end of November 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified five variants: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, and Omicron as Variants of Concern due to their high virulence and severity, while Lambda and Mu are listed as Variants of Interest and are being monitored closely.
What approaches/platforms are mainly involved in producing COVID-19 vaccines?
There are three main approaches/platforms used in the production of COVID-19 vaccines that increase immunity against the disease without harming the body.
(1) The whole-microbe approach, in which a whole virus is contained in the vaccine
A live-attenuated vaccine uses a living but weakened version of the virus, or one that’s very similar
An inactivated vaccine uses inactivated or “killed” virus
For example: Sinovac, Sinopharm, and Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines
A viral vector vaccine uses a safe virus to deliver specific proteins of the virus of interest into the body
For example: AstraZeneca/Covishield, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), and Sputnik COVID-19 vaccines
(2) The subunit approach, which uses the very specific proteins of a virus that the immune system can recognize, remember, and fight off
For example: Novavax/Covovax COVID-19 vaccine
(3) The genetic approach (nucleic acid vaccine) uses a section of the virus’ genetic material
An mRNA vaccine is a type of nucleic acid vaccine developed using a genetic molecule of the virus called messenger RNA that stimulates the body's immune system
For Example: Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines
What type of vaccine is the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine?
The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is an inactivated vaccine containing viruses that can no longer multiply or cause harm to the human body. It stimulates the body's immune system to produce antibodies.The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is one of the least likely COVID-19 vaccines to cause side effects after the injection.
How many doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine should I receive?
The second dose of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine should be given 2 to 4 weeks (around 28 days) after the first dose. In some countries, a third dose is given three to six months after the second dose to increase protection.
At what age can individuals receive the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine?
Under the guidance of the Myanmar Ministry of Health, individuals 12 and older are qualified to receive the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine. The elderly and people with a history of chronic disease are also cleared to receive the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine.
Where in the world is the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine being used?
As of December 16, 2021, 2.4 billion doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in about 60 countries. It is the most widely used COVID-19 vaccine in the world, with around 2 billion doses having been administered to date.
Should I get a COVID-19 booster shot?
You can reduce your chances of contracting COVID-19 if you receive a booster dose of either the same or a different type after receiving your second dose. You can receive your booster shot 3 to 6 months after your second dose.
I have a fever. Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
You should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you have elevated body temperature, as your symptoms may worsen.
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and/or another chronic condition?
People with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic ailments should be vaccinated as soon as possible. If you are taking any medications for your condition, continue to do so on the day of vaccination.
If I have already gotten COVID-19, should I also get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Individuals who have had COVID-19 are protected from reinfection only for a limited amount of time and may be reinfected. Research shows that vaccinating those with prior COVID-19 infections can help prevent the spread of the disease. You can receive your COVID-19 vaccine one month after developing symptoms of COVID-19.
Who should not get the COVID-19 vaccine?
People with a history of severe allergies to the ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccine as well as those that suffered severe reactions after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should not receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
What should I do after receiving my COVID-19 vaccine?
Do not knead or apply warm compresses to the site of injection
You may apply a cold compress to the site of injection if soreness develops
You may take Paracetamol if you develop a fever
If your fever persists for more than 24 hours, contact a medical professional as soon as possible
You must wait at least 7 days after vaccination to donate blood. If you develop side effects (fever, headache, etc.), wait for 7 days after symptoms resolve until donating blood
If you develop an abscess or feel a hardening at the injection site, proceed to your nearest hospital or clinic for examination
What vaccines are available at CLL Immunisation Centre?
Currently, the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine by Sinovac Biotech Ltd, which has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Myanmar, is being administered to those aged 12 and over. We are also arranging to provide other vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Myanmar Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the future.
How do I register to receive my vaccination(s) at CLL Immunisation Centre?
When is CLL Immunisation Centre open?
CLL Immunisation Centre is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
How do I make a payment after registering for vaccination?
Depending on the type of vaccine and the number of doses, you may make your payment in cash at the CLL Vaccination Center or pay in advance online.
How do I set up an appointment after I have made a payment?
What if I already have an appointment and wish to reschedule?
What do I need to bring when I visit CLL Immunisation Centre?
Photo ID; if you are a foreigner, please bring your passport
Booking ID QR Code
If you have pre-filled the Health Screening Form, please bring the completed form.
Wear a mask
Arrive on the day and time of your immunisation appointment
In what cases will I need to postpone my vaccination appointment?
If you are having a fever on the day of vaccination, aching of the limbs and body, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, you must postpone your vaccination.
If I am an elderly or disabled individual, can I receive my vaccination at CLL Immunisation Centre?
The elderly, people with disabilities, pregnant women, and families with young children are given priority access at CLL Immunisation Centre, and special assistance will be provided to ensure a smooth process at all stages.
How CLL Immunisation Centre has prepared for Immunisation Safety?
From the time of receipt to the time of injection, quality vaccines are provided at every stage of the vaccination process using reliable cold supply chain procedures.
The facility is equipped with emergency life-saving medications as well as rigorous protocols to notify the on-site Emergency Medical Team, which is staffed by experienced and skilled healthcare professionals. In the case of a medical emergency, the AEFI (Adverse Events Following Immunisation) Management Room has been equipped with hospital beds, emergency medications, oxygen lines and other necessary equipment (vital signs monitors, defibrillators, ventilators, etc.) to provide a full spectrum of emergency room-level urgent care.
Will I be issued a certificate of immunisation?
After receiving your vaccination, you will be given a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued by the Ministry of Health and a Vaccination Record Book issued by CLL Immunisation Centre.