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Free Balloons, Gifts, Dinosaurs & Play Pens Welcome Children At PICKids PPVs In Klang Valley

Free Balloons, Gifts, Dinosaurs & Play Pens Welcome Children At PICKids PPVs In Klang Valley

The PICKids Covid-19 vaccination programs was launched simultaneously nationwide for children between 5 and 11.

Akmal Hakim

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Things were bright and cheery at the World Trade Center Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL) during the official launch of the Children’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Program (PICKids) on Thursday (3 February).

WTCKL’s vaccination centre (PPV) became alive with colourful decorations, dinosaurs, photo booths and the pitter-patter of kids who came to be vaccinated with their first dose of the Corona vaccine.

The PPV also saw the attendance of popular kids TV mascots like Upin and Ipin to welcome these brave kids and comfort them during the exciting (or even frightening) ordeal.

The kids apparently also received free balloons and other goodies as a bonus for getting their shots.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar shared his excitement about the program and personally enjoyed the “uber cute” photobooth adorning the PPV.

The minister explained that the vaccination program would take place simultaneously at hospitals and PPVs nationwide. Priority for the vaccine will be given to children between five and 11-years old who are immunocompromised or with comorbidities.

Things were similarly lively at the Shah Alam Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) PPV, where there were even play areas set for kids to chill out and have fun.

Online, parents there to accompany their children were proud to show off portraits of their little ones finally getting their vaccinations.

Malaysia targets to vaccinate 4.1 million children between the ages of five and 11. The plan is to get at least 70% of youths inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine by the end of February.

As of Thursday, 15% of 517,107 children have already been registered under PICKids.

Parents are encouraged to register their kids and get them vaccinated ASAP, and can simply do so via the MySejahtera mobile app.

All there is to be done is to book an appointment after having added your children and their details to the “Manage Dependants” section on the app (if you haven’t done so already).

Parents in the Klang Valley can currently choose between 20 different integrated and off-site PPV locations and select the preferred date and time from the available slots to book their kid’s vaccine appointments.

According to the Health Ministry’s (KKM) data, from January 2020 to February 2022, a total of 579,000 youths were confirmed positive with Covid-19.

299,000 of those youths were between the age of five and 11.

A total of 144 teens below the age of 18 and 33 children between five and 11-years-old reportedly lost their lives due to infections.


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