The Health Ministry aims to target 70% of eligible children to receive the first vaccination dose within the first two months.
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The Health Ministry (KKM) has announced that the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) in schools throughout the country will start on Monday, 14 February.
PICKids is open to children aged 5 to 11 to protect them from the risk of Covid-19 infection. They’ll receive one-third of the Pfizer Comirnaty adult dose.
Previously, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the registration for vaccination will be done by the school too.
Having the vaccination drive done in schools will help parents who can’t take time off work to get their children vaccinated. The children also get to be vaccinated with their friends too.
According to Malay Mail, KKM is targeting 70% of eligible children to receive the first dose within the first two months and to complete two doses within six months.
Deputy Health Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said most children infected with Covid-19 do not belong in the serious infection category but there have been cases of children admitted to intensive care units (ICU) and even fatalities.
He added that the side effects in children are very few as compared to being infected, citing that a total of 8.6 million children in America have been vaccinated and only 11 of them showed side effects but were healthy again after treatment.
So, I recommend all people not to worry or be afraid and immediately register their children for vaccination.Deputy Health Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali