Malaysia will start COVID-19 vaccination for children between 12 to 17 years of age in September 2021!
Here is what you need to know!
COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : One Vaccine Approved So Far!
On 15 June 2021, Malaysia approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for children of 12 to 17 years in age.
CITF also opened up registration of children for COVID-19 vaccination through MySejahtera and the Vaksin COVID website.
COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : Starts In September 2021
On 12 August 2021, the Malaysia Director General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah issued a circular announcing these details on COVID-19 vaccination for children :
When Will It Start?
COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will begin in the middle of September 2021
Who Will Qualify?
COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will initially be limited to :
- children between 12 and 15 years of age with certain health conditions, and
- all children 16 or 17 years old, with or without co-morbidities.
Where Will It Take Place?
COVID-19 vaccination for children in Malaysia will take place at these locations :
- Special PPVs (SPPVs) – vaccination centres in hospitals and medical institutions
- Vaccination centres (PPV) in health clinics and other earmarked PPVs
- Outreach programmes, like immunisations in schools
The vaccine will be distributed to every state, and onwards to the identified vaccination centres.
Pre-vaccination assessment by medical officers or specialists will be conducted for three categories of children with certain health conditions.
- Those with a history of severe allergies after receiving vaccines, or to other medications or unknown substances.
- Those who are immunocompromised because of disease or treatment received.
- Those who are being treated with anti-coagulants, or have health conditions that increase their bleeding tendency.
The assessment will be based on the current health status, medical history, allergy history and any medication or treatment the child may be taking, to determine :
- whether the child should receive the COVID-19 vaccine
- what type of COVID-19 vaccine may be suitable for the child
- whether a different time may be better for the child’s vaccination
- which is a more appropriate place for the vaccination – in a hospital or community PPV, for example.
Higher Risk Vaccinations
Children who are deemed to be at higher risk must receive their vaccinations at hospitals or medical facilities, to ensure that they have ready access to emergency treatment should the need arise.
- children who underwent three pre-vaccination assessment, and were determined to be at higher risk,
- patients receiving long-term treatment at those hospitals / medical facilities.
- patients whose doctors believe are at higher risk
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