COVID-19 vaccination for kids under the PICKids programme will now be easier, with walk-in and booking options!
PICKids COVID-19 Vaccination Open For Walk-In / Booking!
As of 23 February 2022, only about 18.6% of eligible children 5 to 11 years in age have received their COVID-19 vaccination.
The states with the highest child vaccination rates are Sarawak (34.7%), Melaka (31.6%), Penang (25.7%) and Perak (24.4%).
The states with the lowest child vaccination rates are Kelantan (6.1%), Terengganu (7.5%) and Sabah (8.9%).
To make it easier for parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced two measures :
Walk-In Vaccination @ Selected PICKids PPVs
From 1 March 2022 onwards, parents will be able to bring their children for COVID-19 vaccination at selected PICKids PPVs.
This will allow parents to vaccinate their children at their own convenience during the school holidays.
The list of PICKids PPVs that will allow walk-in vaccination will be determined and announced by each state’s health department.
Appointment Booking Via MySejahtera
Parents in the Klang Valley had earlier been able to book PICKids vaccination appointments through MySejahtera.
That PICKids appointment booking system in MySejahtera has now been activated nationwide, for vaccination appointments starting 7 March 2022.
Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Click here for our step-by-step guide.
Can You Trust PICKids Vaccination For Kids?
You may be wondering whether you should actually sign up your kids for the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme. After all, social media is rife with scary stories about vaccine side effects.
The truth is – all approved COVID-19 vaccines have not only been proven to be safe and effective in massive clinical trials, they have also been proven to be safe and effective after BILLIONS of doses were administered.
And why not? Vaccines are nothing more than self-defence classes for our immune system.
All they do is teach your children’s own immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it so that they have a better chance of defending themselves against a real COVID-19 infection.
Over 8 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids have also been successfully and safely administered in the United States. So yes, it is SAFE and EFFECTIVE.
People may tell you that kids do not get COVID-19, or they suffer only mild symptoms. That’s not really true.
In Malaysia, 579,624 children (less than 18 years old) were infected with COVID-19 in the last two years!
- 269,773 (46.5%) of them were children 5 to 11 years in age.
- 144 children (less than 18 years old) died from COVID-19.
- 31 children 5 to 11 years in age died from COVID-19.
On top of that, children infected with COVID-19 are at risk of developing serious complications like Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) or long COVID.
So don’t believe naysayers when they tell you that your child will be safe from COVID-19. Not only have children died from COVID-19, others had to be hospitalised, and/or suffer from long COVID symptoms long after they recover.
Please remember – it’s YOUR CHILD, not theirs, that they are putting at risk with such misinformation.
Protect your children. Vaccinate them against COVID-19 through the PICKids programme!
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