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Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just released their latest COVID-19 vaccine recommendations!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : Latest Covid-19 Vaccine Recommendations!

On 9 September 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) released the latest COVID-19 vaccine recommendations of the KKM Technical Working Group meeting of 3 September 2022.

Second Booster Dose For Pregnant / Nursing Mothers

KKM is recommending that pregnant women and nursing mothers receive a second booster dose of the vaccine.

  1. Pregnant women are categorised as vulnerable, because they have a high risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease if infected.
  2. COVID-19 complications in pregnant women can detrimentally affect their pregnancies and foetal development.
  3. Antibodies from the mothers’ primary and booster vaccine doses have been detected in babies after they are born, protecting them from COVID-19.
  4. mRNA vaccine is safe for pregnant women and does not increase the risk of miscarriage, complications of pregnancies or birth defects.

First Booster Dose For 5-11 Year Old Children

KKM is recommending that children 5 to 11 years in age should receive a first booster dose of the vaccine.

  1. Children 5-11 years in age with co-morbidities or who are immunocompromised are at risk of developing severe disease if infected with COVID-19.
  2. Providing them with the first booster dose will boost the efficacy of the vaccine in preventing severe disease by the Omicron variant.
  3. The first booster dose can be given 6-9 months after completing the primary series vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination For 6-Month Old To 5 Year Old Children

KKM is recommending that children who are between 6 months old and 5 years in age should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  1. The COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to children who are 6 months old up to 5 years old, who have co-morbidities, or who are severely immunocompromised.
  2. KKM has started the process of obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine formulation for this group of young children.

Heterologous Vaccination For Second Booster Dose

KKM is recommending that that heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) be offered for the second booster dose.

However, only the Pfizer mRNA vaccine has been approved as the second booster dose for these groups:

  • Individuals who are 50 years and older
  • Individuals who are 12 years and older, with moderate to severe immunocompromise
  • Individuals who are 18 years and older, with co-morbidities and are at risk of developing severe disease
  • Pregnant women or nursing mothers
  • Healthcare professionals

 

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Was Human Meat Found In McDonald’s Factories?!

Did US meat inspectors find human meat in several McDonald’s factories across the United States?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Human Meat Found In McDonald’s Factories!

People are sharing a video which purportedly shows meat inspectors discovering human meat in McDonald’s factories across the United States.

Here is a transcript of the video :

Oklahoma City – first, horse meat, then the mysterious “pink slime”. Now, human meat?

A shocking discovery has been made in an Oklahoma City McDonald’s meat factory and other McDonald’s meat factories nationwide.

 

Truth : No Human Meat Was Ever Found In McDonald’s Factories!

This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and WhatsApp groups, and here are the reasons why….

Fact #1 : No Human Meat Was Ever Found In McDonald’s Factories

Let me be very clear – no human meat was ever found in McDonald’s factories or restaurants.

If this actually happened, it would have been worldwide news, and McDonald’s would have been shut down for good. Many McDonald’s executives and their suppliers would also face criminal charges.

Yet, there has been ZERO mention of this on any legitimate news website. There is also no mention of such an incredible find in any USDA or FBI press releases.

Needless to say, McDonald’s factories and restaurants continue to operate normally. That’s because this never happened. No human meat was ever found in McDonald’s factories or restaurants.

Fact #2 : Human Meat Patty Picture Was From Resident Evil 6 Promo!

The pictures of “human meat” used in the fake video was misappropriated from a Resident Evil 6 promo in London.

Back in September 2012, Capcom created a pop-up butchery called Wesker & Son (Wholesale Meats) in Smithfield Meat Market.

Once at the butchery, members of the public will be invited to sample and purchase a dizzying array of edible human limbs including hands, feet and a human head, which will be available to buy directly from the shop. As well as these specially created products, gamers will be able to buy ‘Peppered Human & Lemon Sausages’ and ‘J’avo Caught Human Thigh Steaks’ along with some specially made pots of Red Herb and Green Herb.

All proceeds from the sale of the meat will be donated to the Limbless Association, which provides information and support to the limb-loss community.

Fact #2 : Story Was Created By A Fake News Website

This fake story created by a content aggregation (copy and paste) website called Huzlers, that also creates fake stories to go viral.

The Huzlers article was written by Pablo Reyes Jr, and published on April 7, 2014 – more than 8 years ago!

To give their fake story a “veneer of satire”, they added a tagline below the writer’s name – “Believe half of what you see and nothing you read online“.

The truth is – they intentionally created the fake story to trigger you into sharing their article, so they can go viral and make money from the increased page views.

Fact #3 : McDonald’s Sells Billions Of Burgers Every Year

Let me just point out that McDonald’s sells over a billion pounds of meat every year, just in the United States. That means their suppliers have to slaughter thousands of cows every day to keep up with the demand.

Children are much smaller than cows. Those suppliers would need to slaughter tens of thousands of children a day to replace the cows. Does that really make sense to you?

The American continent would run out of children to slaughter within a year! And how does killing children for burgers make economic sense, never mind common sense?

Read more : Did 5 Doctors Die Right After Getting Booster Dose?!

Fact #4 : Pink Slime No Longer Used In McDonald’s Food

The fake story and video used a picture of pink slime, claiming that it was also used in McDonald’s foods.

That’s also false, because by the time the fake story was written (in 2014), McDonald’s stopped using “pink slime”, which is really Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB).

Q : Have you ever used so-called ‘pink slime’ in your burgers?

A : Yes, we used Lean Finely Textured Beef between 2004 and 2011. We do not use this today.

Despite its gross sounding name and look, LFTB is simply beef that has been separated from the fat in beef trimmings. LFTB technology recovers meat that would otherwise be wasted and thrown away.

Think of LFTB as low-fat beef paste. Regular ground beef consists of about 30% fat, while LFTB only has about 5% fat.

Fact #5 : Pink Slime Picture Not From McDonald’s Factory

The picture used in the fake story and video isn’t from a McDonald’s factory. However, it should be pointed out that LFTB looks like that – pink-coloured paste.

The pink colour comes from the ammonia hydroxide – an antimicrobial agent used to treat LFTB and prevent bacterial growth.

Fact #5 : Ammonia In LFTB Isn’t Toxic

Even though McDonald’s no longer uses “pink slime” in their burgers, I should point out that the amount of ammonia used in LFTB isn’t dangerous.

The amount of ammonia present in Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) is actually comparable to ammonia levels present in existing foods :

Food Ammonia Level
American Cheese 813 ppm
Unblended LFTB 400-500 ppm
Ketchup 411 ppm
Onions 342 ppm
Blended Beef Patty
with 15% LFTB
200 ppm
Ground Beef 101 ppm

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Fact Check : Did Gwen Casten Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did Gwen Casten – the 17 year-old daughter of US Representative Sean Casten, die from the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claim by tech millionaire Steve Kirsch, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Steve Kirsch : Gwen Casten Died Of COVID-19 Vaccine!

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch is back with yet another COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy, after claiming that the vaccine caused Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis!

This time, he claims that Gwen Casten – the 17 year-old daughter of US Representative Sean Casten, died from the COVID-19 vaccine!

His article is extremely long-winded as usual, so let me just share with you part of his summary. But I recommend you just skip to the next section for the facts.

US Congressman Sean Casten’s 17-year-old daughter Gwen Casten died in her sleep on June 12, 2022.

Healthy young kids rarely died in their sleep before the COVID vaccine rolled out.

I don’t know of a single doctor who has even heard of this happening prior to the COVID vaccines rolling out. Now it is the “new normal.”

 

There Is No Evidence Gwen Casten Died Of COVID-19 Vaccine!

As usual, Steve Kirsch jumps to conclusion that the COVID-19 vaccine killed Gwen Casten, based on ZERO EVIDENCE.

Despite writing such a long article, he offered NO EVIDENCE that Gwen Casten died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Did Gwen’s father say so? Nope!
  • Did Gwen Casten’s autopsy report say so? Nope!
  • Did anyone reveal Gwen Casten’s cause of death? Nope!

Now, I will go through the key conjectures he made, and show you why they are literally… bullshit.

Claim : Healthy kids do not die in their sleep unexpectedly for no reason.
Verdict : False
Fact : Children who appear perfectly healthy can and do die for no known reason.
Fact : Such unexplained deaths in children are common enough that there is a term for it – Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood (SUDC / SUDIC).
Fact : In 2018 alone, the US CDC reported that 392 children died suddenly without a clear cause of death in the United States.
Fact : Nearly all children with SUDC were sleeping before becoming unresponsive, and were in state of usual good health.
Fact : SUDC is most prevalent in toddlers (1-4 years old) and children in their late teens (15-19 years old).

Claim : The COVID vaccine is the most likely cause for any child who has been vaccinated with the COVID vaccine and later dies in their sleep.
Claim : Before COVID vaccines started rolling out, healthy kids dying in their sleep was never an issue.
Verdict : Both False
Fact : Gwen Casten’s cause of death is currently unknown. Unknown means it’s not yet known. It doesn’t mean she died from the vaccine.
Fact :
 The United States alone reported approximately 400 cases of SUDC every single year, before COVID-19 vaccines were invented or administered.
Fact : SUDC statistics for England and Wales from 2011 to 2020 showed NO INCREASE in SUDC cases, clearly demonstrating that COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the prevalence of SUDC.

Claim : Six young people died in their sleep right after vaccinations, so Gwen Casten must have died from vaccine.
Verdict : Unverified + Irrelevant
Fact :
The examples Steve Kirsch provided are either anecdotal, or have not been proven to be caused by COVID-19 vaccines.
Fact : Death from vaccine side effects can be proven. Vaccine-induced myocarditis, for example, has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis.
Fact : Gwen Casten first received her COVID-19 vaccinations in May 2021, and likely received her second dose in June 2021, followed by her booster dose in November 2021. So she died 6-7 months after her last vaccination.
Fact : Vaccine side effects occur in the first 2-3 days. Even adverse effects like myocarditis and VITT occur within days of receiving the vaccine.

Claim : Mysterious deaths do not happen to the unvaccinated.
Claim : Mysterious deaths never happened before COVID vaccines were rolled out.
Verdict : Both False
Fact :
Sudden unexplained death in children (SUDC) occurs at a rate of 0.7 per 100,000 every single year. In other words – over 50,000 children die every year for unknown reasons, in their sleep, even though they are in good health, long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Claim : Mysterious deaths usually happen very shortly after the COVID shot.
Verdict : False
Fact : Gwen Casten died 6-7 months after her last vaccination, so by Steve Kirsch’s own definition, her death had nothing to do with COVID vaccines.
Fact : Mysterious deaths have occurred in children before and after COVID vaccination… and long before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

 

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FDA Approves Pfizer + Moderna Vaccine For Children Under 5!

The US FDA just approved both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 years old!

Here is what you need to know!

 

FDA Approves Pfizer + Moderna Vaccine For Children Under 5!

On 17 June 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 years old!

Specifically, the FDA authorised the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months to 4 years old; and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 6 months to 17 years old.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was already authorised for use in children in 5 years and above, but Moderna’s vaccine was only authorised for use in adults 18 years and above.

With this FDA authorisation, both Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY and Moderna Spikevax vaccines are now approved for use in all individuals who are at least 6 months old.

Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age.  As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. “Those trusted with the care of children can have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of these COVID-19 vaccines and can be assured that the agency was thorough in its evaluation of the data.

Vaccinations in the United States are expected to begin as early as next week, after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes its own recommendations on the vaccines.

 

Pfizer + Moderna Vaccine For Children Under 5 : A Quick Primer

The Pfizer vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age consists of three 3 µg doses – which is 1/10th of the adult dose.

The first two doses are administered 21 days apart, followed by the third dose at least 8 weeks after the second dose.

According to Pfizer, their clinical trial involving 4,526 children showed that the adverse reactions were fewer, and mostly mild to moderate, and short lived. They also said that the lower-dose vaccine produced comparable protection to 16-25 year old people who received two adult 30 µg doses.

The Moderna vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years of age consists of two 25 µg doses – which is 1/4th of the adult dose.

The Moderna vaccine is also authorised for a third dose, administered at least one month after the second dose, for people who have certain kinds of immunocompromise.

According to Moderna, their clinical trial involving 6,700 children showed that the majority of adverse events were mild or moderate, with no deaths, myocarditis, pericarditis or MIS-C reported.

They also stated that the protection offered by this lower paediatric dose was comparable to the much higher adult dose of 100 µg.

 

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FDA Experts Recommend Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids!

The FDA advisory panel just recommended the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 6-17 year old kids!

Here is what you need to know…

 

FDA Experts Recommend Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids!

On 14 June 2022, the FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids who are 6 to 17 years old.

With this unanimous endorsement, the US FDA is expected to authorise the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 6-17 year old kids later this week.

Moderna had requested FDA approval for their vaccine to be used in teenagers 12-17 last year, in June 2021.

However, that decision was delayed as international data indicated that the Moderna vaccine may carry a higher risk of myocarditis than Pfizer’s vaccine.

That changed when US surveillance data through May 2022 did not show that the Moderna vaccine had a significantly higher risk of myocarditis than the Pfizer vaccine, in men aged 18 to 25.

Recommended : Vaccine myocarditis risk found to be less than 1 in million!

 

Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

Dose Differences

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for the 6-17 age group is the same as the vaccine approved for adults in December 2020.

Teenagers 12 to 17 in age will receive the same 100 microgram dose as adults.

Younger children 6 to 11 in age will receive half the dose – just 50 micrograms.

Two Doses For Now

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be provided as a two-dose vaccine, with a third dose potentially approved to protect against mild disease.

Read more : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

Efficacy

The Moderna clinical trials showed that :

  • 12-17 year-old teenagers : 90% protection against infection from the Alpha variant and ancestral virus.
  • 6-11 year-old children : 76% protection against infection from the Delta variant.

However, these clinical trials were conducted before the Omicron variant became dominant, so it is unknown how effective they would be against this far more contagious variant.

Even so, the two doses are expected to provide excellent protection against severe disease and death.

Side Effects

The most common side effects were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and nausea.

No cases of myocarditis were found during Moderna’s clinical trials of the 6-17 age group.

 

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Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Must Know!

Here is what you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids!

 

Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

On 17 May 2022, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids.

This Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for kids is different from the COVID-19 booster dose for older children and adults in many ways, so let me summarise the key differences…

Lower Paediatric Dose

The dose of the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is only 10 micrograms (mcg). This is 1/3 of the dose used for adults and adolescents.

5-Month Dose Interval

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is meant to be administered at least 5 months after the primary series is administered.

It does not mean your child must receive the booster dose exactly five months after completing the primary series. It just means the earliest your child should receive the booster dose is five months after receiving the primary series vaccine doses.

4th Dose For Some

For most children – the primary series consists of two doses, so the booster dose will be their third dose.

However, certain children are given three doses as their primary series vaccination :

  • who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or
  • who have been diagnosed with conditions that have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

For these children, the booster dose will be their fourth dose of the vaccine.

10-Dose Vial

The booster dose for 5-11 years old kids uses the same Pfizer paediatric vaccine used in their primary series vaccination.

It is supplied in a 10-dose vial, with an orange cap and a label with an orange border, to differentiate from the higher-dose vaccine used for adults and adolescents.

Must Be Diluted Before Use

The content of the vial must be diluted with 1.3 ml of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride, to derive 10 doses of 0.2 ml in volume.

Healthcare workers must be aware of this dilution requirement, as the newer Pfizer vaccine with a gray cap (for individuals 12 years and older) no longer requires dilution.

Smaller Intramuscular Injection

The Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is given as a 0.2 ml intramuscular injection. This is a smaller volume than the adult booster dose – 0.3 ml.

So parents should be aware that the paediatric booster dose has a lower volume, when observing their children’s vaccinations.

More Stable Formulation

The Pfizer’s paediatric vaccine, which is used for the booster dose, has an improved formulation that is more stable. For those who want to know what changed, Pfizer :

  • replaced the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with a Tris buffer
  • removed sodium chloride and potassium chloride from the buffer formulation

This improved formulation allows the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 10 weeks, instead of just 4 weeks.

In addition, it will last longer – 12 hours, instead of just 2 hours – at room temperature (up to 25°C / 77°F), after being thawed.

Read more : Did Pfizer add heart attack drug to COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

9 Month Expiry Date

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has a 9-month expiry date, from the printed manufacturing date.

Printed
Manufacturing
Date
9-Month
Expiry Date
09/2021 31 May 2022
10/2021 30 June 2022
11/2021 31 July 2022
12/2021 31 August 2022
01/2022 30 September 2022
02/2022 31 October 2022
03/2022 30 November 2022
04/2022 31 December 2022
05/2022 31 January 2023

Mild Side Effects

The US FDA authorised the booster dose based on safety data from approximately 400 children who received the booster dose 5-9 months after completing their two-dose primary series.

They noted that the commonly reported side effects were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain and chills and fever.

This should be no different from the original safety data, which showed that the lower dose produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted. They were mostly :

  • pain at injection site : 71-74%
  • headache : 54-61%
  • fatigue : 60-66%
  • muscle pain : 27-41%
  • chills : 25-40%
  • joint pain : 13-22%
  • fever : 7-17%

Side note : It is interesting to note that even the placebo causes common symptoms like fatigue, headache and muscle pain. This shows just how important it is to conduct a randomised controlled trial.

Safer Than Adult Dose

The much lower dose appears to ameliorate, if not eliminate, the risk of myocarditis / pericarditis that was highest in adolescents and young adults.

There were no cases of pericarditis or myocarditis in the initial Pfizer study that involved over 2,260 children, through approximately 3 months of follow-up after Dose 2.

After 8.7 million doses were administered in the US (up to 19 December 2021), the US CDC noted that :

  • VAERS received 4,249 adverse event reports (0.049% of doses)
  • 4,149 (97.6%) of those adverse events were not serious
  • Of the remaining 100 serious adverse events, 29 were fever, 21 were vomiting, and 15 were increased troponin.
  • Only 11 verified cases of myocarditis were identified – 7 recovered completely, and 4 were recovering at the time of the report.

Based on those results, the risk of myocarditis was 1 in 791,000 doses – much lower than the risk of myocarditis in young adults (1 in 50,000).

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Paediatric Dose)
2.5 -87%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Pfizer Booster Dose : Should Your 5-11 Yo Kids Get It?

While the US FDA did not reveal how much of a boost in antibody the Pfizer booster dose will give your 5-11 year old children, there is a definite boost in antibody level.

That said, antibody levels are not an accurate assessment of an individual’s immunity against COVID-19.

Studies have shown that additional vaccine doses induces the memory B cell and T cell responses to an actual COVID-19 infection.

While that may not prevent infection, especially by the highly-infectious Omicron variants, the improved B cell and T cell responses will greatly reduce the severity of any COVID-19 infection.

Therefore, I would definitely recommend giving your kids the Pfizer booster dose, if it is made available to them.

 

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US FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids!

The US FDA just authorised the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know…

 

US FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 17 May 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) authorised the use of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old kids.

This booster dose is to be given at least 5 months after the primary series of two doses is given.

This follows the US FDA approval of a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year old kids on 3 January 2022.

FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. said :

While it has largely been the case that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults, the omicron wave has seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized, and children may also experience longer term effects, even following initially mild disease.

The FDA is authorizing the use of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age to provide continued protection against COVID-19. Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 and its severe consequences, and it is safe.

If your child is eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and has not yet received their primary series, getting them vaccinated can help protect them from the potentially severe consequences that can occur, such as hospitalization and death.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

 

Why US FDA Approved Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids

The US FDA approved the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids based on their analysis of the immune response data in a subset of children from the ongoing randomised placebo-controlled trial that supported the earlier October 2021 approval of the vaccine for this age group.

Increased Antibody Levels

The antibody response of 67 study participants who received the booster dose 7-9 months after completing their primary series vaccination, were evaluated, and found to increase antibody levels one month after receiving the booster dose.

Safety

The US FDA also assessed the safety of the booster dose in approximately 400 children who received the booster dose 5-9 months after completing their primary series vaccination.

The most commonly reported side effects were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain, and chills and fever.

Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said :

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is effective in helping to prevent the most severe consequences of COVID-19 in individuals 5 years of age and older.

Since authorizing the vaccine for children down to 5 years of age in October 2021, emerging data suggest that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 wanes after the second dose of the vaccine in all authorized populations.

The FDA has determined that the known and potential benefits of a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age at least five months after completing a primary series outweigh its known and potential risks and that a booster dose can help provide continued protection against COVID-19 in this and older age groups.

 

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Free COVID Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids Extended To 31 May!

The first dose of the free PICKids vaccine programme for 5-11 year old kids has been extended to 31 May 2022!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Free COVID Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids Extended To 31 May 2022!

On 13 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that they will stop offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme after 15 May 2022.

Then on 25 April 2022, they announced that they would also stop offering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the PICKids programme after 15 August 2022.

Finally, on 12 May 2022, they announced that they will extend the first dose of the free COVID-19 vaccine to 31 May 2022.

From 31 May 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

From 16 August 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

  • the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine will no longer be offered at both public and private health facilities across Malaysia.
  • the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine will only be offered as a paid vaccination option in private health facilities.

While you may still pay for the Sinovac vaccine for your child, it is a far inferior vaccine to the free Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : What you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids!
Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine – Which Is Better For Your Child?

Since MySejahtera stopped accepting registration for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old kids on 8 May 2022, here is what you need to know :

  1. Parents who registered and made appointments on or before 8 May 2022, for vaccination dates on or before 31 May 2022, can continue with their existing appointments.
  2. Parents who registered and made appointments on or before 8 May 2022, for vaccination dates after before 31 May 2022, will have their appointments cancelled automatically.
  3. Parents who try to register on MySejahtera after 8 May 2022, will not be given any appointment.

Therefore, parents who have not registered, or are in the second or third category above, should walk into any KKM health clinic for their free COVID-19 vaccine, anytime from now until 31 May 2022.

There are only two exceptions to this 31 May 2022 deadline :

Children Infected With COVID-19

The first exception to this deadline are 5-11 year old kids who have to cancel their appointments (before 31 May 2022) due to a COVID-19 infection.

Their parents are advised to bring these kids to any government health clinic within 6 weeks after recovering from COVID-19, or by 30 August 2022 at the very latest.

Children Turning 5 After 31 May 2022

The second exception are for children who turn five years old on or after 31 May 2022.

Their parents can register and book their vaccine appointments for the first dose of the free COVID-19 vaccine until 15 January 2023.

These children must receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by 31 January 2023. Thereafter, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be offered for free, and must be obtained as a paid vaccine at private health facilities.

So parents, please HURRY and get your children vaccinated for FREE!

Read more : How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

 

Why Is PICKids Ending Free COVID-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

As of 12 April 2022, only 38.6% of eligible children have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This extremely low uptake will result in wastage, as the paediatric Pfizer vaccine has a 6-month shelf life.

As the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids have a lower dose, it cannot be used for older children.

Therefore, to avoid waste, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF-C) decided to stop giving the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme.

CITF-C also amended the vaccination consent form for children (below 18 years of age), removing this clause :

2. I am responsible for the risks that may occur to children as a result of my decision/action because the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the side effect.

The clause was dropped to avoid confusion, and to convey the existing practice in which the Ministry of Health has never neglected, and is always ready to offer the necessary medical assistance if there are side effects from the vaccination.

I highly recommend that you bring your children to any government health clinic for their COVID-19 vaccination ASAP!

Please don’t waste this opportunity to protect them against COVID-19 for FREE!

 

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COVID-19 Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Adolescents!

Malaysia will offer the COVID-19 booster dose to high-risk adolescents!

Here is what you need to know…

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Adolescents!

On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that high-risk adolescents will be offered the COVID-19 booster dose.

The COVID-19 booster dose will be made available to individuals 12 to 17 years old, who are moderately or severely immunocompromised :

  • Cancer patients
  • Organ transplant patients who undergo immunosuppressive therapy
  • Long-term haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis patients
  • Other conditions or illnesses that are categorised as moderate or severe immunocompromised

The COVID-19 booster dose that will be used is the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given at least 28 days after the second dose of the primary series vaccine.

This booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your children’s vaccination status will not change, whether they take the booster dose or not.

Read more : Second Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Individuals!

 

Why COVID-19 Booster Dose For High-Risk Adolescents?

While this booster dose is completely optional, I would highly recommend that those who qualify should take it.

Vaccines have reduced efficacy in immunocompromised individuals, because their immune system is less able to react to the antigens presented by the vaccine.

Therefore, immunocompromised individuals generally require an additional dose, just to obtain the same protection as people with normal immunity.

Immunocompromised adolescents would definitely have lower protection from the primary series COVID-19 vaccination, and should take this booster dose.

 

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PICKids : No More First Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids After May 15!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just announced that they will STOP offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for free to 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know…

 

PICKids : No More Free First Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids Soon!

On 13 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that they will stop offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme next month.

From 16 May 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

  • the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine will no longer be offered at both public and private health facilities across Malaysia.
  • the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine will only be offered as a paid vaccination option in private health facilities.

They are calling on parents to quickly register their children for COVID-19 vaccination by 8 May 2022, in order to obtain an appointment date in time.

Read more : What you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids!
Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine – Which Is Better For Your Child?

 

Why Is PICKids Ending Free First Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids?

As of 12 April 2022, only 38.6% of eligible children have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This extremely low uptake will result in wastage, as the paediatric Pfizer vaccine has a 6-month shelf life.

As the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids have a lower dose, it cannot be used for older children.

Therefore, to avoid waste, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF-C) decided to stop giving the free first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme.

CITF-C has also amended the vaccination consent form for children (below 18 years of age), removing this clause :

2. I am responsible for the risks that may occur to children as a result of my decision/action because the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the side effect.

The clause was dropped to avoid confusion, and to convey the existing practice in which the Ministry of Health has never neglected, and is always ready to offer the necessary medical assistance if there are side effects from the vaccination.

I highly recommend that you register your children for their COVID-19 vaccination ASAP!

Please don’t waste this opportunity to protect them against COVID-19 for FREE!

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Is It Safe To Get COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

Your doctor may have told you that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be given with other vaccinations, but that’s NO LONGER TRUE!

Find out why it is safe to take your COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines at the same time!

 

Earlier : Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Within 2 Weeks Of Other Vaccines

The US FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for 12- to 15-year old children (with 100% efficacy!) on 10 May 2021.

At that time, the US CDC recommended avoiding taking the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of other vaccinations.

WHO also recommended an interval of 14 days between the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and any other vaccines.

So parents were urged to catch up on their children’s missed vaccinations, in order to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

 

Now : It Is Safe To Get COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines!

On 12 May 2021, Dr. Kate Woodworth of the CDC’s birth defects division, said that the CDC is changing their earlier advice, and that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered with other vaccines, even on the same day!

At a meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP), she said,

“Extensive experience with non-Covid-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity,” or the ability of a vaccine to provoke an immune response, “and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone,”

On 14 May 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to say that COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines can be administered “without regard to timing“, including on the same day.

The American Academic of Paediatrics also said on the same day that it supports giving childhood vaccines together with the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine + Other Vaccines On The Same Day?

On 2 July 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to recommend that if a patient is receiving multiple vaccines on the same day, each shot should be administered “in a different injection site“.

They also pointed out that the deltoid muscle in adolescents and adults “can be used for more than one intramuscular injection“.

Their best practice for multiple vaccinations in a day include :

  • Label each syringe with the name and the dosage (amount) of the vaccine, lot number, the initials of the preparer, and the exact beyond-use time, if applicable.
  • Separate injection sites by 1 inch or more, if possible.
  • Administer the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines that may be more likely to cause a local reaction (e.g., tetanus-toxoid-containing and adjuvanted vaccines) in different limbs, if possible.

 

US CDC On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

In their updated clinical considerations for COVID-19 vaccines, this was what the US CDC posted on administering it with other vaccines :

Coadministration with other vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines were previously recommended to be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccines. This was out of an abundance of caution and not due to any known safety or immunogenicity concerns. However, substantial data have now been collected regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by FDA for use under EUA. Although data are not available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone.

COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days. It is unknown whether reactogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine is increased with coadministration, including with other vaccines known to be more reactogenic, such as adjuvanted vaccines or live vaccines. When deciding whether to coadminister another vaccine(s) with COVID-19 vaccines, providers should consider whether the patient is behind or at risk of becoming behind on recommended vaccines, their risk of vaccine-preventable disease (e.g., during an outbreak or occupational exposures), and the reactogenicity profile of the vaccines.

If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site. For adolescents and adults, the deltoid muscle can be used for more than one intramuscular injection.

 

WHO On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

On 21 October 2021, the WHO updated its advice on co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines :

WHO considers that coadministration of an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine and any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is acceptable, given that the known risk of serious illness for adults infected with influenza virus or SARS-CoV-2 is substantial.

While there is no theoretical concern, WHO recommends using the contralateral limb for injection, when the two vaccines are administered during the same visit, to minimize any perceived risk. Continued pharmacovigilance monitoring of coadministration of the two vaccines is recommended. 

 

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Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Vaccine Injury Reports?!

Did Pfizer hire 600+ people to process over 158,000 vaccine injury reports?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what’s really going on!

 

Claim : Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Vaccine Injury Reports!

The Children’s Health Defense (CHD) is taking another swing at the Pfizer documents.

This time, they claim to have discovered that Pfizer hired 600 extra full-time employees just to process 158,000 vaccine injury reports!

It’s a long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the truth…

Pfizer Hired 600+ People to Process Vaccine Injury Reports, Documents Reveal

Pfizer hired about 600 additional full-time employees to process adverse event reports during the three months following the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, newly released documents reveal.

According to the documents, Pfizer said, “More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.”

 

Truth : Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Adverse Event Reports

This is yet another hatchet job by the Children’s Health Defense, and here are the reasons why this is just more anti-vaccination misinformation.

Fact #1 : FDA Released Unredacted Document

First, it is important to set the stage, so to speak.

The FDA has to go through each page, and redact any potentially confidential information, before releasing it under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The document in question was released with some information redacted in the first batch of Pfizer documents released on 17 November 2021.

The FDA then released the same document completely unredacted, as part of 10,000 pages released on 1 April 2022.

This shows that they decided that the redacted information wasn’t confidential after all, and released the entire document. It was not like they “accidentally” released the unredacted document, as some people have suggested.

Fact #2 : There Were Only Three New Pieces Of Information

Next, I should point out that the FDA only redacted three pieces of information in that “bombshell” Pfizer document (highlighted in red) :

  • To date, Pfizer has onboarded approximately 600 additional full time employees (FTEs).
  • More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.
  • It is estimated that approximately 126,212,580 doses of BNT162b2 were shipped worldwide from the receipt of the first temporary authorisation for emergency supply on 01 December 2020 through 28 February 2021.

That’s it. Nothing else was redacted in the original release. Not even the 9 pages of 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

Even without the actual figures, you can already tell from the original (redacted) document that Pfizer was increasing manpower to cope with an unexpected amount of adverse event reports.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #3 : Nothing Shocking About 600-1800 Extra Employees

CHD is hyping up the fact that Pfizer hired 600 to 1800 extra employees to process the adverse event reports. What exactly is shocking about that?

As Pfizer explained in Page 6, they increased the number of full-time employees to ensure that all adverse events would be expeditiously processed.

What would be really shocking is if Pfizer tried to delay processing these adverse event reports, by refusing to hire more people.

I’m shocked that the CHD was shocked that Pfizer would do the right thing by increasing manpower to expeditiously process these adverse event reports.

Would the CHD really prefer that Pfizer not increase manpower, and slow-walk the adverse event reports? That would be shocking indeed…

Fact #4 : 10K New Pages Were Released

I am also shocked that the CHD was forced to “recycle” this document which was released in the very first batch back in November 2021.

Could they not find anything new to gripe about after digging through the latest batch of 10,000 new pages released by the FDA?

Perhaps actual evidence of Pfizer bribing the FDA with $2.8 million?

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #5 : Adverse Event Reports Based On Awareness

The CHD claimed that the 158,000 adverse events reported in the Pfizer document is a gross undercount. That opinion is not based on any actual fact.

In fact, the adverse event reports are far more likely to be exaggerated, due to the overwhelming amount of public misinformation on the Internet.

In Page 5 of the document, Pfizer themselves pointed out that “the spontaneous reporting system yields reporting proportions not incidence rate“, and is influenced by “awareness” and “litigation“.

In other words, the high number of adverse event reports is likely due to the overwhelming amount of trepidation (and potentially abuse) driven by public misinformation.

Due to greater “awareness”, more people are reporting adverse events to open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card, even if they are unrelated to the vaccine.

Fact #6 : Adverse Events Are Not Vaccine Injury Reports

As Pfizer noted in Page 6, the large number of adverse event reports (AERs) do not necessarily mean that they are actually caused by the vaccine.

In fact, open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card are notably open to abuse, and false reporting.

That’s why all reported adverse events must be investigated to find out if they are caused by the vaccine (anaphylactic reaction), or not (getting into a car accident).

Even if an adverse event could “potentially” be caused by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.

Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.

In other words – the adverse events in the Pfizer vaccine document are not vaccine injury reports.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #7 : Majority Of Adverse Events Were Not Serious

What the CHD does not mention is that the majority of reported adverse events were not serious. In fact, they were what you would expect from ANY vaccination :

  • Headache : 24.1%
  • Fever : 18.2%
  • Fatigue : 17.4%
  • Chills : 13.1%
  • Vaccination site pain : 12.3%
  • Nausea : 12.3%
  • Myalgia (muscle pain) : 11.7%

And that’s before any effort was even made to determine if they were actually caused by the vaccine, and not caused by a concomitant infection or pre-existing disease, for example.

Fact #8 : No New Safety Concerns Despite 158K Adverse Event Reports

The Pfizer document noted after shipping 126 million doses, 42 thousand people reported over 158,000 adverse events in the first 3 months.

Even if we assume that they are all genuine, only 0.033% of people who received the Pfizer vaccine reported at least one adverse event. That’s 1 in 3,000 people.

And yet, despite so many reported adverse events, their investigation showed that the “data do not reveal any novel safety concerns or risks“.

Pfizer could only confirm that anaphylaxis is an important risk of the COMIRNATY vaccine.

In other words – the 158K adverse events were weighed, measured… and found wanting. There was NO NEW SAFETY CONCERN with the vaccine!

Please don’t risk your life, and your family’s lives, on misinformation created and peddled by anti-vaccination organisations like the Children’s Health Defense.

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Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

The lower dose Moderna paediatric COVID-19 vaccine was just proven to be safe and effective for kids 6 months to under 6 years of age!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

On 23 March 2022, Moderna announced the interim results of the Phase 2/3 KidCOVE study, which looked at the safety and efficacy of their paediatric vaccine in children 6 months to under 6 years of age.

The interim results showed that their lower-dose paediatric vaccine delivered a “robust neutralising antibody response” with a “favourable safety profile”.

Based on these interim results, Moderna will ask regulators like the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to authorise this lower-dose paediatric vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Under 6 : The Interim Results

The KidCOVE trial is a randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled study (RCT) designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the lower-dose Moderna vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

The study involved approximately 11,700 children in the US and Canada, of which two groups received the vaccine :

  • 2 to under 6 years in age : 4,200 kids
  • 6 months to under 2 years in age : 2,500 kids

The paediatric Moderna vaccine comprised of two doses of 25 μg (micrograms), which is a quarter of the adult dose (100 μg), and half the dose for 6-11 year old children (50 μg).

The KidCOVE study (NCT04796896) was conducted in collaboration with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Safety + Side Effects

  • Majority of adverse events* were mild or moderate
  • Adverse events were more frequently reported after Dose 2
  • Fever greater than 38°C was seen in 17% of the under-2 group, and 14.6% in the older group
  • The study was not paused for any safety issues.
  • No new safety concerns were identified.
  • No deaths, myocarditis / pericarditis, or multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) were reported

* Adverse events are not necessarily side effects of the vaccine.

Efficacy

The Omicron variant predominated during the KidCOVE study, and its ability to escape vaccine protection was confirmed.

The Moderna vaccine efficacy (against symptomatic infection) was reduced against Omicron, which is consistent with what was seen with the adult vaccine.

However, the vaccine was shown to protect against severe disease, hospitalisation and death./

  • Two 25 μg doses provided similar immunogenicity to two adult doses of 100 μg.
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (under 2) : 43.7%
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (2 to under 6) : 37.5%
  • Majority of Omicron cases were mild.
  • No child in both vaccine groups developed severe COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups were hospitalised for COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups died from COVID-19.

Moderna will continue to monitor all participants for 12 months after their second injection to assess long-term protection and safety.

 

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Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?

Now that both the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines are approved for 5-11 year old kids, some parents are wondering – which is the better vaccine for their child?

Here is a quick summary of both vaccines, as well as their safety and their efficacy against COVID-19!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Child Vaccine : Different From Adult Vaccines?

One of the first questions parents ask me is if the Pfizer and/or Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children are the same, as the adult vaccines.

The Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year old children is an improved formulation based on the adult vaccine, while the Sinovac vaccine is exactly the same for both adult and children.

Here is a simple and quick comparison :

Characteristics Pfizer Vaccine
for Kids
Sinovac Vaccine
for Kids
Formulation Improved with Tris buffer
More stable, longer storage
No change
No. of Doses 2 Doses
No change
2 Doses
No change
Dosage 10 micrograms
1/3 of adult dose
3 micrograms
Same as adult dose
Volume 0.2 ml
2/3 of adult vaccine
0.5 ml
Same as adult vaccine
Dose Interval 8 Weeks *
5 weeks longer
4 weeks
Same as adult vaccine

* In some countries only, Pfizer still recommends the original 3-week dose interval

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?

Pfizer Child Vaccine Efficacy : 90.7%

The Pfizer bridging study showed that their lower-dose paediatric vaccine was 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Their study also showed that the Pfizer paediatric vaccine produced high neutralising antibody titres against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant at 1 month after Dose 2.

One Month
After Dose 2
Geometric Mean Titres
(GMT)
Difference
USA-WA1/2020 (Reference) 365.3 +36.5X
B.1.617.2 (Delta) 294.9 +29.5X
Unvaccinated 10 Baseline

Sinovac Child Vaccine Efficacy : Unknown

Back in October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, they did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

Pfizer Is Definitely Better Than Sinovac For Your Child

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate your child with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections in 5-11 year-old children.

It is highly unlikely that even the adult dose of the Sinovac vaccine can impart anything close to its original 50.4% efficacy against the ancestral COVID-19 virus, and it seems very likely to perform poorly against the Delta and Omicron variants.

If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!
Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Safer For Your Child?

This is also another question that many parents are asking. Everyone is worried about COVID-19, but no one wants their child to be “injured” by a vaccine.

There isn’t a straight answer, because safety has to be balanced against the risk of injury from a breakthrough infection – getting COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.

Sinovac Vaccine : Fewer Side Effects But Low Efficacy

The Sinovac vaccine is no doubt a very safe vaccine, with fewer complaints of side effects. Generally, they include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.

While parents will be relieved to hear that, I must point out that this is because the Sinovac vaccine generates a much weaker immune response. Even with an aluminium hydroxide adjuvant to boost the immune response, its efficacy is relatively poor at 50.4% against the original COVID-19 virus.

Pfizer Vaccine : More Side Effects But Much Higher Efficacy

The Pfizer vaccine is also a very safe vaccine, with rare risks of anaphylaxis and myocarditis in young adults and adolescents. The risk is not much higher than with other vaccines, as my table of data from the massive SAFECOVAC study shows :

  • Pfizer : 1 in every 1.11 million doses
  • AstraZeneca : 1 in every 1.43 million doses
  • Sinovac : 1 in every 2 million doses
Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

We must also remember that myocarditis is a condition that can affect anyone who suffers a viral infection, and is also seen with a COVID-19 infection.

In fact, you are far more likely to get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection than either the Pfizer or Sinovac vaccine.

Here is my comparison of the myocarditis risk of triple vaccination (two doses + booster) versus a single COVID-19 infection.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

No matter how you slice and dice the results, it is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

If you are worried about your child getting myocarditis, you should definitely protect him/her using the best COVID-19 vaccine you can get, and that would be the Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

 

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Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

You can now get the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for your 5-11 year-old kids in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : Approved In Malaysia!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) gave conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

It is also the second vaccine to be approved for use in the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme for children.

Read more : Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

Here is what you need to know about the use of the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids in the PICKids vaccination programme for children.

When Will PICKids Offer Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

PICKids started offering the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids starting 7 March 2022.

What Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids is the SAME as the Sinovac vaccine for adults.

This is an inactivated virus vaccine – which uses real SARS-CoV-2 viruses that have been killed (deactivated) using β-propiolactone, a sterilising agent.

What Is The Dose For Kids?

The dose is the same for kids, as it is for adults – 600 SU (3 µg) of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus ,together with aluminium hydroxide (as adjuvant) in 0.5 ml of phosphate-buffered saline.

Read more : CoronaVac Vaccine by Sinovac – Your Questions Answered!

What Is The Dose Interval

Children 5-11 years in age will receive two doses, with an interval of 4 weeks between each dose.

Where Is The Vaccine Injected?

Just like in adults, the Sinovac vaccine will be injected into the deltoid muscle of the child’s shoulder.

Who Qualifies For Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Malaysia Ministry of Health recommends the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccine of choice for children 5-11 years in age.

However, they will offer the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine to :

  • children who cannot receive the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for health reasons
  • children who do not have co-morbidities
  • children whose parents refuse to allow them to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids – What You Need To Know!

Who Must NOT Take Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

Children who are 5-11 years in age must NOT take the Sinovac vaccine if they have :

  • a history of allergy to any ingredient used in the manufacture of the Sinovac vaccine
  • a severe reaction to the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine
  • severe neurological diseases like transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases
  • uncontrolled chronic diseases

Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Offered For Free?

The Sinovac vaccine is offered for FREE at all COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (PPVs) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health and ProtectHealth.

The Sinovac vaccine is also available in private clinics and hospitals as a paid vaccination option.

Where Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Being Offered?

Parents or guardians can register their children for the vaccine through the MySejahtera app. The appointment will be issued through the parent’s / guardian’s MySejahtera app.

Parents or guardians can also bring their children to selected PPVs to walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more : Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs in Malaysia!

Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Who Received Pfizer Vaccine

Children who experienced a serious reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children, can receive one dose of the Sinovac vaccine as their second dose, 4 weeks after the first dose.

Children Who Miss Their Vaccine Appointment

Children who miss their appointments, or are not able to make it for health or other unforeseen circumstances, can cancel their appointments and book a new one.

Potential Side Effects Of Sinovac Vaccine

Most side effects of the Sinovac vaccine are mild and temporary, with recovery in just a few days without treatment.

They include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.

When Can Infected Children Get Vaccinated?

Children can get vaccinated against COVID-19, after they fully recover from COVID-19 – at least 14 days after they are infected, and have already completed their isolation.

Read more : When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval of the Sinovac vaccine will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, they did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

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Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs In Malaysia!

Here is the full list of PICKids PPVs across Malaysia, where you can bring your kids to walk-in for their free COVID-19 vaccination!

 

PICKids COVID-19 Vaccination Open For Walk-In / Booking!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that 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.

Those who prefer to book an appointment via MySejahtera can also do so, from 7 March 2022 onwards. Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Click here for our step-by-step guide.

Read more : How To Select PICKids PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

 

Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs In Malaysia!

On 3 March 2022, the Ministry of Health unveiled the full list of PICKids vaccine PPVs in Malaysia that will accept parents who walk-in with their kids for the free COVID-19 vaccination.

I created this table so that you can search for the PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) closest to you.

Some of these PPVs also accept walk-in for adult booster dose, as well as PICKids child vaccinations.

State PPV Walk-In Allowed
Perlis Masjid Alwi Offsite PPV
Kubang Gajah Offsite PPV
Kampung Gial Offsite PPV
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Kedah SP Plaza Offsite PPV
Kulim KK
Serdang KK
Bandar Baharu KK
Kuala Ketil PPV
Kuala Nerang KKIA
Pedu KK
Naka KK
Lubuk Merbau KK
PKD Sik Seminar Room
PKD Pendang Lobby
Ayer Hitam KK
Jitra Health Complex
Bukit Lada Community Centre
Simpang Empat KK
Kuala Kedah KK
Poliklinik Pertama, Kota Setar
Klinik Faisal, Kota Setar
Padang Matsirat KK Quarters
Guar Cempadak KK
PICKids Only
Penang Tapak Pesta (Fair Grounds)
Sunshine Bayan Baru
Seberang Jaya Expo Grounds
Sunshine Bertam
Bandar Cassia MPKK Hall
PICKids Only
Perak Seri Mercu Kuala Kangsar PPV
Marina Hall PPV, Manjung
Kampung Dato Kmaruddin Hall PPV
SK Taman Jana LMS PPV
Sri Iskandar KK
Kampung Gajah KK
Silveritage Ipoh PPV
Taman Mercu Multipurpose Hall PPV
Angsana Hall PPV
PICKids Only
Selangor IDCC
Soka Gakai PPV
PICKids Only
(2-15 March)
Tulip Hall PPV, Kampung Bukit Naga
Subang Parade Offsite PPV
Poliklinik Prima Offsite PPV
Mines 2 Convention Center PPV
Emporis Offsite PPV
Paradigm Mall Offsite PPV
D’Network PPV
Bandar Utama Centrepoint PPV
Da Men Mall Offsite PPV
Melur Hall PPV
Taman Bukit Mewah PPV
Ampang Mewah PPV
BMC Mall Offsite PPV
Zain Azrai PPV, Bukit Idaman
Dahlia Medical Group PPV, Taman Bidara
Dahlia Medical Group PPV, Taman Desa Bakti
LRT 3 Training Centre PPV
Klang Parade Offsite PPV
AEON Mall Offsite PPV
Kuala Langat Sports Complex PPV
Kg. Assam Jawa PPV
Sg. Terap PPV
Sg. Choh PPV
Hulu Yam Bharu Offsite PPV
Seri Bernam Offsite PPV
IOI City Tower 1 PPV
Sepang International Circuit PPV
MMU Cyberjaya PPV
PICKids
(Sat & Sun only)
Kuala Lumpur Axiata Arena PPV
WTCKL PPV
PICKids Only
Negeri Sembilan Jelebu KK
Pertang KK
Simpang Durian KK
Chennah KK
Kiara Mall Bharu PPV, Jempol
Kuala Pilah KK
Johol KK
Juaseh KK
Terachi KK
Padang Lebar KK
Seri Meranti KK
Port Dickson KK (Kriss Hall)
Seri Rembau PPV
Rembau KK
Mesa Mall PPV, Nilai
Seremban Centre Point PPV
Tampin Perdana PPV
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Lukut KK
Pasir Panjang KK
Bukit Pelanduk KK
PICKids Only
Melaka Melaka Mall PPV
Kipmall PPV
Encore PPV
Japerun PPV, Alor Gajah
UITM Alor Gajah PPV
Jasin Police Centre PPV
Datuk Hj Ahmad Ithnin PPV, Merlimau
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Johor Persada Convention Centre PPV
Austin Convention Centre PPV
Seri Alam Hall PPV
AEON Bandar Dato Onn PPV
Holiday Plaza PPV
Dewan Kota Masai PPV
Sentosa Plaza PPV
Muar KK
BP Mall PPV
Segamat KK
Bandar IOI KK
Labis KK
Buloh Kasap KK
Mersing Harbour Centre PPV
AEON Big Kluang PPV
Kluang Parade PPV
Simpang Renggam PPV
Jalan Mengkibol PPV
Arena Segitiga PPV
Kulim Safety Training & Services PPV
Sg. Sibol PPV
KKIA PPV, Jalan Tun Habab
Taman Seri Sentosa PPV, Pekan Nenas
Hj Othman PPV, Pt. Kudus
AEON Mall Kulai PPV
Che Ai Khor PPV
Ji Guan Restaurant PPV
SK Ledang
Intan Tangkak Hall PPV
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Li Garden PPV
City Plaza PPV
KSL City PPV
Mediviron PPV
Taman Universiti PPV
PICKids Only
Pahang Eng Choon Hall
Api Larat Hall
Perak Jubilee Hall, Raub
Tun Razak Hall
Metakab Health Training Centre
PICKids +
Booster Dose
PBM Karak Hall
Uni Klinik IM2 PPV
Kuala Rompin Hall
PICKids Only
Terengganu Cheneh KK
Air Puteh KK
Chukai KK
Kerteh KK
Klinik Coast Medicare
Poliklinik Kemaman
Klinik Keluarga & Surgeri Dr Tan
Poliklinik Ibnu Sina
Poliklinik Zaki
Kerteh Civic Hall
Klinik Hijraa Geliga
Gong Limau Civic Hall
Bukit Besi KK
Kuala Dungun KK
AMBS KK
Jerangau KK
Ketengah Jaya KK
Kuala Abang KK
Paka KK
Marang KK
Bukit Payong KK
Padang Leban, Bukit Payong
Klinik Komuniti Wakaf Baru
Klinik Perubatan Wildan
Klinik Medina
Klinik Perubatan Ikram
Klinik Huda
Rimba Square
Manir KK (Old)
Klinik Perubatan Ku
Klinik An-Nisa
Klinik Perubatan Hijraa Kuala Nerus
Klinik Perubatan Durrani
Klinik Perubatan Hijraa Chendering
Klinik Safwa
Klinik Lee And X-Ray
Klinik Kumpulan Muslimah
Klinik Rafa
Klinik Perubatan Afeeya
Padang Hiliran PPR Hall
Kuala Telemong KK
Kengkawang KK
Kuala Berang KK
Ajil Civic Hall
Seri Langkap KK
Rahmat KK
Sg. Tong KK
Permaisuri KK
Padang Luas KK
Pasir Akar KK
UNI Klinik
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Kelantan Beris Panchor KK
Mahligai KK
Gunong KK
Beris Kubor Besar KK
Bachok KK
Balai KK
Gua Musang KKB
Chiku 3 KK
Kota Bharu KKB
Pengkalan Chepa KK
Wakaf Che Yeh KK
Ketereh KK
Peringak KK
Lundang Paku KK
Perol KK
Penambang KK
Badang KK
Kubang Kerian KK
Kuala Krai KKB
Machang KK
Pasir Mas KKB
Meranti KK
Tendong KK
Selising KK
Tumpat KKB
Wakaf Baru KK
Sungai Pinang KK
Bunchan KK
Pasir Pekan KK
Pengkalan Kubor KK
Jeli KK
Batu Gajah KK
Tanah Merah KK
Kemahang KK
Gual Ipoh KK
Belimbing KK
Bukit Bunga KK
PICKids +
Booster Dose
Aring KK
Jerek KK
Kuala Betis KK
Pos Brooke KK
Jeram Tekoh KK
Rantau Panjang KK
Kangkong KK
Chekok KK
To’uban KK
Kubang Kual KK
Gual Periok KK
Kasar KK
Pangkal Kala KK
Cherang Hangus KK
Pasir Puteh KK
Cherang Ruku KK
Ayer Lanas KK
Kuala Balah KK
PICKids Only
Labuan Darul Kifayah Complex Hall PPV (MAIWP) PICKids +
Booster Dose
Sarawak NO WALK IN AVAILABLE YET
Sabah Klinik Komuniti Taman Pengalat
Klinik Kesihatan Bongawan
Klinik Kesihatan Kinarut
Papar Hospital
Family Care Clinic Sepanggar
Medisinar Klinik & Surgeri, Lintas Square
Permai Bandaran
Permai Polyclinics Sri Kepayan
Skyline Medical Clinic And Surgery
Klinik Taipan
Inanam
Poliklinik UMS
Klinik Kesihatan Luyang
Klinik Kesihatan Inanam
Klinik Kesihatan Telipok
Klinik Kesihatan Menggatal
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Pekan
Klinik Kesihatan Likas
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Jln. Kebajikan
Queen Elizabeth II Hospital
Likas Women & Children’s Hospital
Poliklinik Kingfisher
Luyang Multipurpose Hall
ITCC, Penampang
IMAGO
1Borneo
Wisma Merdeka
Tzu Chi Likas
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Sabah Centrepoint
Warisan Square
Klinik Kesihatan Penampang
Teriah KK
Klinik Medisinar Plaza Kivatu
Klinik Kesihatan Putatan
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Beaufort
Beaufort Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Weston
Klinik Kesihatan Kota Klias
Klinik Kesihatan Padas Damit
Klinik Kesihatan Membakut
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Kuala Penyu
Klinik Kesihatan Menumnok
Kerukan KK
Kuala Penyu Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Anak Sipitang
Klinik Kesihatan Sindumin
Sipitang Hospital
Tuaran Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Tamparuli
Klinik Kesihatan Tenghilan
Klinik Kesihatan Kiulu
Klinik Kesihatan Serusop
Klinik Kesihatan Simpangan
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Tuaran
Kota Belud Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Kota Belud
Klinik Kesihatan Jawi-Jawi
Klinik Kesihatan Taginambur
Klinik Kesihatan Rosok
Klinik Kota Belud
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Ranau
Klinik Kesihatan Bundu Tuhan
Klinik Kesihatan Kundasang
Klinik Kesihatan Lohan
Klinik Kesihatan Perancangan
Klinik Kesihatan Kaingaran
Klink Kesihatan Paginatan
Klinik Kesihatan Timbua
Ranau Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Kudat
Klinik Kesihatan Karakit Kudat
Klinik Kesihatan Matunggong Kudat
Klinik Kesihatan Lotong
Klinik Kesihatan Sikuati
Klinik Kesihatan Tinangol
Klinik Kesihatan Narandang
Klinik Kesihatan Indarason
Klinik Kesihatan Suangpai
Kudat Hospital
Kudat District Office
Matunggong District Office
Klinik Kesihatan Langkon
Klinik Kesihatan Tandek
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Kota Marudu
Kota Marudu Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Pantai
Telaga KK
Dandun KK
Pitas Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Pitas
Klinik Kesihatan Bongkol
Klinik Kesihatan Apin Apin
Klinik Kesihatan Bingkor
Klinik Kesihatan Mansiat
Keningau KKIA
Klinik Kesihatan Sook
Klinik Kesihatan Tulid
Keningau Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Melalap
Klinik Kesihatan Kemabong
Klinik Kesihatan Kuala Tomani
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Tenom
Tenom Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Tambunan
Tambunan Hospital
Sunsuron KK
Patau KK
Tamu Pisompuruon Vaccine
Booth, Tambunan
Klinik Kesihatan Nabawan
Tamu Mingguan Vaccine Booth, Tambunan
Sepulot KK
Pagalungan KK
Pensiangan KK
Klinik Kesihatan Semporna
Pulau Bum Bum KK
Polyclinic Permai Semporna
Klinik Warisan
Fook Siew Hall
Tawau Basketball Stadium
Tawau Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Tawau
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Tawau
Klinik Kesihatan Apas Balung
Klinik Kesihatan Felda UMAS
Klinik Kesihatan Merotai
Klinik Kesihatan Kalabakan
Klinik Felda Kalabakan
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu & Anak Kunak 1
Klinik Kesihatan Mesej Pangi
Kunak Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Lahad Datu
Klinik Kesihatan Silabukan
Klinik Kesihatan Tungku
Klinik Kesihatan Felda Sahabat
Klinik Kesihatan Tambisan
Klinik Kesihatan Bukit Belacon
Lahad Datu Hospital
Klinik Elopura
Klinik Kesihatan Sandakan
Klinik Kesihatan Ulu Dusun
Klinik Kesihatan Sungai Manila
Klinik Kesihatan Batu 10
Klinik Kesihatan Karamunting
Klinik Kesihatan Bandar Leila
Klinik Kesihatan Murni
Klinik Kesihatan Gum Gum
Klinik Komuniti Seletar
Klinik Komuniti Labuk
Klinik Komuniti Letat
Klinik Kesihatan Ibu Dan Anak Sandakan
Klinik Desa Bt 7
Duchess of Kent Hospital
IJM Public Vaccination Centre
Beluran KKIA
Kuala Sapi KK
Paitan KK
Sungai Sungai KK
Beluran Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Telupid
Klinik Kesihatan Nangoh
Klinik Kesihatan Sukau
Kuamut KK
Batu Putih KK
Klinik Kesihatan Bukit Garam
Kinabatangan Hospital
Klinik Kesihatan Tongod
Klinik Kesihatan Penangah
Klinik Kesihatan Entilibon
PICKids Only

 

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Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

Malaysia just approved the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced that the 370th Drug Control Authority meeting has agreed to give conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

The conditional approval is for CoronaVac Suspension for Injection COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) manufactured by both Sinovac Life Sciences Co. Ltd. in China, as well as Pharmaniaga Lifescience Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the KKM ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems unlikely that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

I believe KKM will continue to use the superior Pfizer vaccine in the PICKids vaccination program, while allowing hesitant parents to get the Sinovac vaccine for their children through private clinics and hospitals.

This may be the best way forward for everyone.

 

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Was This Weeping Ukrainian Dad Going To Fight Russians?

A video of Ukrainian dad weeping and saying goodbye to his wife and daughter has gone viral on social media.

Take a look at the video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : This Weeping Ukrainian Dad Is Going To Fight Russians!

One of the most heart-wrenching videos to come out of the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a video of a Ukrainian father weeping as he bid farewell to his wife and daughter.

It was shared by many media outlets as an example of Ukrainian fathers being forced to stay and fight against the Russians, while their families evacuate.

At that time, over 100,000 people fled Ukraine as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree ordering a general mobilisation against the Russian invasion.

 

Truth : Ukrainian Dad Was Not Going To Fight Russians!

Unfortunately, this heart-wrenching video was not of a Ukrainian dad staying to fight the Russians, and here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Video Was Originally Posted As Propaganda

As far as I can ascertain, the video was originally posted by the mayor of Gorlovka (Horlivka to Ukrainians), Ivan Prikhodko, as pro-Russian propaganda before it was ironically used by Ukrainian supporters.

He posted the video on VK (VKontakte), the Russian social media platform, on Monday, 21 February 2022, with this message :

Residents of Gorlovka are evacuated daily to Russia, fleeing Ukrainian aggression. Today we have witnessed the touching farewell of the head of the family to his wife and daughter, whom he saw off to Russia. The man remained in his city to defend the Donetsk Republic from the Armed Forces of Ukraine with weapons in his hands, with tears in his eyes.

Fact #2 : Video Was Taken In Donetsk, Not Kyiv

According to Prikhodko’s original VK post, the video was taken in the city of Gorlovka, not Kyiv (Kiev) – the capital of Ukraine.

Gorlovka, which is known as Horlivka to Ukrainians, is a major city in the Donetsk People’s Republic – a breakaway region of Ukraine currently under (indirect) Russian control.

Credit : Aleksey Filippov, AFP/Getty

Fact #3 : Man Was Allegedly Staying To Defend Donetsk

Prikhodko claimed that the man was staying to “defend the Donetsk Republic from the Armed Forces of Ukraine“.

It is unknown if this was a genuine video, or misappropriated for propaganda, since the Ukrainian Armed Forces was in no position to attack the Donetsk Republic. If they had the means, it would have happened during the last 8 years of the conflict.

It is also absurd to claim that the man wanted to defend Donetsk from the Ukrainians, when the Russians are the ones attacking Ukraine from the Donetsk Republic.

I should also point out that the Russians military forces had already entered Donetsk that very same day, and there was no mobilisation of men in the Donetsk Republic…

Fact #4 : His Wife + Daughter Were Evacuating To Russia

According to Prikhodko, the man’s wife and daughter were being evacuated to Russia. These evacuations actually started on 18 February 2022 – six days before Russia declared war on Ukraine.

That suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin had already made the decision by then to attack Ukraine.

Read more : Did NATO Promise Russia Not To Expand A Single Inch East?

Fact #5 : Zelenskyy Ordered General Mobilisation At That Time

For certain, media outlets did not do an adequate job of confirming that this video was unrelated to the many similar videos and photos circulating on the Internet.

But we must also acknowledge that the video went viral when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the mobilisation decree, which forbade men 18-60 years in age from leaving the country, while calling up all conscripts and reservists.

There are many videos and photos of Ukrainian men saying goodbye to their families who were evacuating cities across Ukraine. So it’s easy to see why this one slipped through.

 

Ukrainian Dad Video Faux Pas In A Sea Of Russian Misinformation

The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered an onslaught of fake news and videos online, together with thousands of actual shells, rockets and missiles on Ukrainians.

That made it very difficult, if not impossible, for anyone to fact check every single video or claim that comes our way. More so when Internet connectivity in Ukraine has been greatly disrupted by the Russian invasion.

Chinese state media Global Times was quick to criticise Western media outlets for using this video to push a “doctored narrative“, and point out that none of them have “apologised for their mistake“.

The truth is – this video faux pas was a mistake, not an intentionally crafted piece of propaganda to mislead people.

It was also a rare mistake in an ocean of Russian and Chinese misinformation. The vast majority of fake news that I encountered pre-Ukraine invasion were Chinese in origin. And now, the Russians are stepping up.

Did Chinese state media like Global Times and CGTN apologies for the many “mistakes” they made? They would do well to look in the mirror before throwing stones.

Read more : Chinese Media Accidentally Leaks Ukraine Censorship Order!

 

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PICKids COVID-19 Vaccination Open For Walk-In / Booking!

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.

Read more : How To Select PICKids PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

 

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.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

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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More Than 50K Children Contracted COVID-19 In 2022!

More than 50,000 children under 12 in Malaysia contracted COVID-19 in the first 7 weeks of 2022! Here is what you must know!

 

More Than 50K Children Contracted COVID-19 In 2022!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) recently revealed that 50,826 children under 12 contracted COVID-19 in the first 7 weeks of 2022 – from 1 January until 17 February!

Fortunately, the majority of cases were mild to moderate (Categories 1 and 2), but because of the huge number of infections, many of them needed to be hospitalised, with some requiring ICU care and even ventilation.

Severity Cases Percentage
Category 1 15,817 31.12%
Category 2 34,857 68.58%
Category 3 120 0.24%
Category 4 28 0.006%
Category 5 4 0.001%
TOTAL 50,826 100%

What’s really worrying is as the case numbers rapidly increase, more children now have to be hospitalised.

This chart shared by KKM shows the number of hospital beds used by children with different COVID-19 categories.

The vast majority are, naturally, used by children with COVID-19 Category 3, 4 and 5.

 

Some Children Who Contracted COVID-19 Will Develop MIS-C

As past 2021 data had already shown, some of these children who contracted COVID-19 will develop MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children).

While it is not common, MIS-C is a serious consequence of COVID-19 infection, in which multiple organs in the child becomes inflamed – heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, eyes, and the gastrointestinal organs.

Back in 2020-2021 when paediatric cases of COVID-19 were lower than it is today, 174 children with COVID-19 developed MIS-C in Malaysia.

The majority of children developing MIS-C from COVID-19 required PICU care, and despite getting that, seven (4%) of them died.

Shockingly, all of the affected children had left ventricle dysfunction, with 68% developing shock and almost 29% developing cardiac failure requiring VA ECMO – a heart-lung machine.

Read more : 174 Children With COVID-19 Suffered From MIS-C in Malaysia!

Here is the breakdown of symptoms seen in children who developed MIS-C after contracting COVID-19.

MIS-C Conditions /
Treatment Required
Percentage
Affected
Fever > 4 days + Asthenia * 100%
Left ventricle dysfunction
– Shock
– VA ECMO
– Coronary dilatation
– Pericarditis
100%
68%
28.6%
17%
8%
Bulbar conjunctivitis 89%
Digestive Involvement
– Nausea, diarrhoea
– Exploratory laparascopy
83%
83%
5.7%
Cervical + mesenteric
lymphadenopathies
60%
Skin rash 57%
Red and cracked lips 54%
Neurological signs 31%
Respiratory signs 34%

* Asthenia = generalised physical weakness or lack of energy

Although KKM did not reveal data on long COVID, that is also another risk factor for any child who contracts COVID-19.

Both MIS-C and long COVID do not only have long-term consequences for the affected child, their parents and siblings will suffer as well.

Hence, it is important that we protect our children by vaccinating them against COVID-19.

The approved Pfizer paediatric vaccine for COVID-19 is 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5-11 years in age, while the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents and adults are 95% effective against COVID-19.

Even after they are fully-vaccinated, we must teach our kids to continue with COVID-19 preventive measures like wearing face masks + face shield, as well as maintaining social distance and hand hygiene.

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Malaysia : 174 Children With COVID-19 Developed MIS-C!

Malaysia just announced that 174 children suffered from MIS-C, after contracting COVID-19!

Find out what MIS-C is all about, and why it’s so dangerous to children with COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 With MIS-C : Why Is It Dangerous For Children?

Many children who get infected with COVID-19 run the risk of getting MIS-C, which is short for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children.

MIS-C is a condition in which multiple organs in the child becomes inflamed – heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, eyes, and the gastrointestinal organs.

While COVID-19 may generally be mild for children, many of those who develop MIS-C require ICU care and even then, it can turn deadly.

 

Malaysia : 174 Children With COVID-19 Developed MIS-C!

On 19 February 2022, the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Malaysia Study Group released their results.

The group looked at MIS-C cases in 14 Malaysian hospitals from June 2020 to December 2021, and here was what they found :

  • 174 children with COVID-19 suffered from MIS-C
  • 100 (57%) of them were children 5-11 years in age
  • The majority of cases required PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) care
  • 7 (4%) of them died, despite getting PICU care

Here is the breakdown of those cases by age groups :

Age Group MIS-C Cases
< 1 year old 25 (14.4%)
1 to < 5 years old 38 (21.8%)
5 to < 9 years old 64 (36.8%)
9 to < 12 years old 36 (20.7%)
≥ 12 years old 11 (6.3%)
TOTAL 174

While the risk of developing MIS-C from COVID-19 is low, the consequences are serious.

The majority of children developing MIS-C from COVID-19 required PICU care, and despite getting that, seven (4%) of them died.

Shockingly, all of the affected children had left ventricle dysfunction, with 68% developing shock and almost 29% developing cardiac failure requiring VA ECMO – a heart-lung machine.

Here is the breakdown of symptoms seen in children who developed MIS-C after contracting COVID-19.

MIS-C Conditions /
Treatment Required
Percentage
Affected
Fever > 4 days + Asthenia * 100%
Left ventricle dysfunction
– Shock
– VA ECMO
– Coronary dilatation
– Pericarditis
100%
68%
28.6%
17%
8%
Bulbar conjunctivitis 89%
Digestive Involvement
– Nausea, diarrhoea
– Exploratory laparascopy
83%
83%
5.7%
Cervical + mesenteric
lymphadenopathies
60%
Skin rash 57%
Red and cracked lips 54%
Neurological signs 31%
Respiratory signs 34%

* Asthenia = generalised physical weakness or lack of energy

 

MIS-C In Children With COVID-19 : What To Look For?

Parents of children who contract COVID-19 should keep a vigilant eye out for potential symptoms of MIS-C.

Please see medical attention if your child has ongoing fever, with at least one of these symptoms :

  • stomach pain
  • bloodshot eyes
  • diarrhoea
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • skin rash
  • vomiting

Parents should also seek emergency care, if their child develops :

  • breathing difficulties
  • persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • confusion
  • inability to wake, or stay awake
  • pale, grey, or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds

 

How To Prevent MIS-C In Children With COVID-19?

The easiest and most effective way to prevent MIS-C in children, is to prevent them getting COVID-19 in the first place.

COVID-19 preventive measures like wearing face masks + face shield, as well as maintaining social distance and hand hygiene work.

However, those measures can only do so much against highly-contagious variants. It is also very important that children be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.

The approved Pfizer paediatric vaccine for COVID-19 is 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5-11 years in age, while the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents and adults are 95% effective against COVID-19.

So protect your children against MIS-C, by vaccinating them against COVID-19!

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Nurse Caught Emptying Vaccine Syringe For YB KJ’s Son?!

Was a nurse caught emptying the COVID-19 vaccine syringe for Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s son?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Nurse Caught Emptying Vaccine Syringe For YB KJ’s Son!

People are sharing this message and a TikTok video, which they claim is proof that a nurse was caught emptying the COVID-19 vaccine syringe, to fake an injection of Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s son.

She tried to hide the syringe between the boy and the table when emptying the syringe but was caught in action by the cameraman!

At 0.38 sec we see a repeated emptying of the syringe.

Within 2 secs of the video, she emptied the syringe by shooting the liquid down towards the floor just before pretending to inject the vaccine.

This is how KJ’s son got “vaccinated”. Bastards are conning the public into forced mass vaccination while they secretly protect themselves and their own kids and make policies on Covid for others. If Covid vaccine is so safe, why this scandal? It shows that the vaccine and booster campaign is simply for the politicians to profit.

This raises the question if politicians and their families were really vaccinated?

Khairy should resign immediately and the vaccination of kids stopped pending a full investigation on the safety of vaccine.

 

Truth : Nurse Did NOT Empty Vaccine Syringe For YB KJ’s Son!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being created and circulated by antivaxxers and people who really should know better…

Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Nurse Was Distracting The Boy

When the video went viral, the Malaysia Ministry of Health released a video of the nurse explaining what she did.

As an experienced nurse vaccinating children, she is aware that they may get anxious on seeing the needle, so she explained that she would hide the needle from their view.

She would then distract them by asking them to count one to ten, and wait until they are calm and not moving, before injecting them with the vaccine.

That was why she appeared to be putting the syringe under the table. But if you watch the unedited video below, you will see that it was placed there so her other hand would block the boy from seeing the needle.

Fact #2 : The Syringe Plunger Was Never Pushed

The fake news creator intentionally zoomed in to focus on the needle for two reasons :

  • the blurry video made the needle look like a stream of liquid
  • to avoid you noticing that the plunger was never pushed

The nurse also pointed out in her video that the white plunger is clearly visible in the unedited video, and it is impossible for any vaccine to be ejected without pushing the syringe plunger.

Here is the original unedited video. Watch from around the 0:54 mark. You can clearly see that :

  • what looked like a stream of liquid in the blurry video was just the needle of the syringe
  • she never pushed the plunger, until after she inserted the needle into the boy’s arm.

Fact #3 : The Syringe Was Not Repeatedly Emptied

The fake news claims that the nurse repeatedly emptied the syringe, suggesting that there was nothing in it. That’s nonsense.

The COVID-19 vaccine is injected intramuscularly. To confirm that the needle is indeed going into the muscle and not a vein, the nurse has to withdraw the plunger to see if any blood goes into the syringe.

Only after she sees that no blood is withdrawn into the syringe, does she push the plunger to inject the vaccine into the deltoid muscle.

Fact #4 : The Cameraman Was Khairy Jamaluddin Himself

The fake news creator removed the original audio in the edited video, so he/she could claim that the nurse was “caught in action by the cameraman“.

The truth is – the cameraman was the Health Minister himself, Khairy Jamaluddin.

If you watch the original video, you can hear his voice saying, “Count to ten, okay? Finish, finish, finish!

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Proven Safe + Effective

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-old children have been proven safe and effective.

It uses the same mRNA vaccine that has been successfully used in BILLIONS of adults and adolescents, just at 1/3 the dose.

In addition, more than 8 million doses of this paediatric vaccine had already been safely administered in the United States, before it was introduced in Malaysia.

Let me speak plainly – the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids is safe and effective. That is why I vaccinated my two younger children on the very first day the vaccination centre opened!

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!
Read more : What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

The only scandal here is how antivaxxers continue to put our children’s lives at risk by creating such fake news and lying about COVID-19 vaccines.

Stop believing in these fake news, and vaccinate your loved ones against COVID-19.

 

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Why You Should Buy The Galaxy Tab A8 For Your Family!

You may not be aware, but the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is specially designed for families!

Find out why the new Galaxy Tab A8 tablet is such a great option for your family!

 

Why You Should Buy The Galaxy Tab A8 For Your Family!

Many people are not aware but Samsung created the Galaxy Tab A8 specifically for families, and here’s why it’s a great tablet for families.

Large Full HD+ Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has a large 10.5-inch display, with a Full HD+ resolution that is great for both education and entertainment.

The large display not only gives you a more immersive viewing experience, its multi-window support allows you to split the screen in half to do two things at the same time!

You can adjust the window focus with a simple drag and drop, share content between apps, and even drag and drop a notification!

Sleek + Light

Despite the large display size, the Galaxy Tab A8 is a thin and lightweight tablet with a sleek 6.9 mm metal body that only weighs 508 grams.

This is an important consideration for families, as heavy tablets are not only unwieldy for younger children, they increase the risk of drops and other expensive accidents.

Powerful + Long-Lasting

Tablets for family use do not need extreme performance. They just need decent performance and a long battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is built around an 8-core processor, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded through a dedicate microSD card slot.

What will impress your family the most is its massive 7,040 mAh battery, which supports 15W fast charging! Not only will it last many hours of non-stop use, it will recharge faster than usual.

Screen Recorder

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 comes with a built-in Screen Recorder feature that lets you easily record any online class, for revision later.

They can also mark and annotate directly on the recording, and take notes during the online class.

Samsung Kids

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 also comes with Samsung Kids built-in, allowing you to restrict younger children to a completely safe environment to explore and learn.

The improved Parental control lets you set limits on playtime, give selective access to apps, and see your children’s activities at a glance.

Quad Speakers + Dolby Atmos

Most tablets at this price point only comes with dual speakers, but believe it or not, this highly-affordable tablet comes with four speakers!

Its quad speaker system also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound, for exceptional audio clarity and depth!

Samsung Knox Security

Even at this price point, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is protected on the hardware level by Samsung Knox.

Samsung Knox is a multi-layered security system that constantly inspects the tablet’s core software, to ensure its data integrity.

Incredible Price Point

Here’s the best part about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 tablet – its highly affordable price of just RM999 / US$229.99 / £204 / A$373 / S$448?

This will allow even families on a tight budget to afford the Galaxy Tab A8.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Model SM-X200
Display 10.5-inch TFT Display
– 1200 x 1920 pixels
OS One UI 3 (Android 11)
Platform UNISOC Tiger T618
CPU 2 x Arm Cortex-A75 cores (2.0 GHz)
6 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G52 MP2
Memory +
Storage
3 GB + 32 GB
4 GB + 64 GB
External Storage microSD slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 5 MP camera
Main Cameras 8 MP camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic,
Hall Sensor, Light Sensor
GPS GPS, GLONASS, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos
Battery 7,040 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 15 watt fast charging
Dimensions 246.8 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 508 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Price + Availability!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is available in three colour options – Gray, Silver and Pink Gold, with two variants globally :

  • 3GB + 32GB
  • 4GB + 64GB

Here in Malaysia, it is only available in 3GB + 32GB variant in either the Gray or Pink Gold colour options, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM999 (about US$238 / £178 / A$336 / S$322).

From now until 28 February 2022, every purchase will come with two freebies :

  • one Samsung Clear Edge Cover worth RM99
  • one year Samsung Care+ coverage plan worth RM110

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Find out how to select the PPV and time slot to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children under the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme!

 

You Can Now Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

You can now select the most convenient PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) to vaccinate your 5-11 year-old children!

This option is currently limited to the Klang Valley, and these are the available PPVs you can select from.

Mega PPVs : Starting 3 February 2022

  • World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur (WTCKL)
  • Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil
  • Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Shah Alam

Offsite + Outreach PPVs : Starting 5 February 2022

  • Dahlia Medical Group Offsite PPV
  • Zain Azrai (Bukit Idaman) Offsite PPV
  • Sg. Choh Community Hall PPV
  • Dahlia Medical Group Taman Bidara Offsite PPV
  • Wyndham Hotel Klang (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Klang Parade Offsite PPV
  • Mutiara Subang (Klinik Siti) Offsite PPV
  • Poliklinik Prima Offsite PPV
  • IOI City Tower 1 Offsite PPV
  • International Youth Center PPV
  • Paradigm Mall Offsite PPV
  • Bandar Utama Centrepoint PPV
  • Subang Parade PPV
  • MDKS Saujana Utama Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Da Men Mall Offsite PPV
  • SS15 Subang Jaya Multipurpose Hall PPV
  • Grand Season Hotel (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Seri Bernam Hall (MIOSH) Offsite PPV
  • Ampang Mewah Public Hall PPV
  • Seroja Multipurpose Hall, Putra Perdana, Offsite PPV
  • Kota Damansara Multipurpose Hall (George Clinic) Offsite PPV
  • Port Klang Authority (IHeal Medical Centre) Offsite PPV
  • AEON Mall Bukit Raja (Poliklinik Perdana) Offsite PPV
  • Emporis Primer Cherang Clinic Kota Damansara Offsite PPV (24 hours)
  • Mines 2 Convention Centre (IHeal Medical Centre) Outreach PPV

 

PICKids : How To Select PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

Before you follow these steps, please make sure that you have already registered your 5-11 year-old children for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Scroll down for our step-by-step guide.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to version 1.1.6 or later.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option.

Step 4 : In the Vaccination screen, tap on Vaccine for [your Dependent’s name]

Step 5 : In your child’s Vaccination screen, tap on Click here to book your dependent’s appointment.

If you do not see it yet, don’t worry. They are opening up bookings in stages. Just wait until the link appears.

Step 6 : Select the vaccine type – Pfizer (Children), and tap OK.

Step 7 : Enter your postcode or preferred PPV name and tap on the Search button.

Step 8 : Select the nearest or most convenient PPV and your preferred time slot, and tap Confirm. You will now be taken to the Appointment Confirmed! page.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

Step 9 : Go back to your child’s vaccination status page, and you should now see the appointment set for the PPV and time slot of your choice. Tap on Click here to submit your dependent’s digital consent.

Step 10 : Go through the digital consent form, and select any medical history pertinent to your child.

Step 11 : Make sure you tick the checkbox for I hereby declare that I agree to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination Injection

Step 12 : Check to make sure the information is correct, and tap Confirm.

That’s it! The COVID-19 vaccination appointment for your 5-11 year-old child has now been confirmed.

If you made any mistake, you can tap on Click here to cancel your dependent appointment. You can then reschedule your child’s vaccination appointment.

Read more : What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

 

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What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your kids get their COVID-19 vaccine shots!

 

What To Do Before Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Just received your kids’ COVID-19 vaccine appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE the day of your child’s vaccine appointment.

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking medication before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. That is false and dangerous!

Please CONTINUE to give your child his/her medication, unless advised otherwise by your child’s doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your child’s vaccination.

In fact, it is a good idea to treat the upcoming vaccination appointment like “any other day”. This will help allay any potential anxiety over the vaccine shot.

Painkillers?

You should NOT give your child any painkiller before going for his/her COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your child’s immune response to the COVID-19 vaccine, and reduce its efficacy.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

 

What To Do During Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Here is a list of what you should do on the day of your child’s vaccination :

  1. Make sure your child wears loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Make sure your child has a good meal, and drink some water.
  3. Make sure your child does NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If your child is sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    Cancel the appointment, and book another slot.
  4. Make sure you bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed.
  5. Make sure you bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your child’s medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. Make sure your child wears a face mask, and if possible, wears a face shield as well.
  8. Bring a bottle of water, in case your child gets thirsty.
  9. Let your child bring a toy (or a tablet) to play with.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the form.

Note : Even though you are asked to submit a digital consent form, you will still be asked to fill and sign a physical consent form at the vaccination centre.

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Make sure the vaccine vial’s label has an orange border – this confirms that it contains the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-old children.
  2. You can ask to check the vaccine expiry date, but please note that the vial expiry date may not match the actual expiry date.

Don’t worry if you see the vial in the open, and not in an ice box. The new formulation is more stable and can last up to 12 hours at room temperature.

  1. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume of 0.2 ml (not 0.3 ml, which is for older kids and adults).

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After your child receives the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that your child received the full dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.
  5. After your child receive the vaccination, please stay for the 15-minute observation session.
  6. Before you leave the vaccination centre, please check MySejahtera and the vaccination card to make sure your child’s name is correct.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What To Do After Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting your children against COVID-19.

Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Help to encourage other parents to also protect their children against COVID-19!

Dietary / Medical Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your child’s diet or daily life after vaccination.

Please remember – your child was just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

Please continue to give your child his/her medications, if any.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

Your child must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintain physical distance in public, because :

Restrictions On Physical Activities?

If possible, your child should avoid strenuous physical activities for a week or two for these reasons :

  • A precautionary measure against the rare risk of myocarditis / pericarditis.
  • It will also allow you to better detect the symptoms of myocarditis / pericarditis (details below).
  • To avoid accidents if your child has a headache or fever while engaging in strenuous physical activities.
  • To avoid conflating any pain or muscle ache with the vaccination.

Please note the emphasis on strenuous. There is no need to completely restrict their physical activities.

Monitor For Symptoms Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Myocarditis and pericarditis are known but rare adverse events that can happen to those who receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The new paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a smaller dose, and a lower risk – only 12 myocarditis cases have reported after 8.7 million doses were administered.

The good news is – vaccine-induced myocarditis is often mild, and easily treated.

Therefore, parents are advised to monitor their children for these symptoms, and quickly seek medical attention :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

I would like to also point out that the risk of myocarditis from vaccines is far lower than the risk of myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection.

Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk is less than 1 in million!

Painkillers

You should expect your child to experience mild side effects over the next few days, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not be overly concerned – they are evidence of your child’s immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can give your child painkillers if they feel sick, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

Report Side Effects

Please report any side effects your child feels over the next few days in MySejahtera.

If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

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Malaysia Receives First Batch Of Pfizer Vaccine For Kids!

Malaysia just received the first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids 5-11 years in age!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia Receives First Batch Of Pfizer Vaccine For Kids!

On 28 January 2022, Malaysia received the first batch of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years in age – 624,000 vaccine doses.

The Pfizer vaccine doses were flown from Puurs, Belgium, transited at the Leipzig Halle Airport in Germany and Singapore, before finally arriving in Malaysia at 7:15 AM this morning.

Today, 72 of those vaccine Softboxes were despatched to 52 ULTF (Ultra Low Temperature Freezer) storage facilities in 12 states :

  • Pahang,
  • Melaka,
  • Johor,
  • Negeri Sembilan,
  • Sabah,
  • Sarawak
  • Kuala Lumpur,
  • Putrajaya,
  • Selangor,
  • Kelantan, and
  • Terengganu.

The rest of the vaccines will be flown to the Penang International Airport to supply the northern states of Kedah, Perlis and Perak.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Programme For Kids : Details Announced!

 

Malaysia’s Vaccine Programme For Kids : A Quick Primer!

The COVID-19 vaccination programme for kids 5-11 years in age will kick off on 3 February 2022 in the Klang Valley at:

  • Hospitals for those with medical conditions,
  • COVID-19 vaccination centres (PPV) for those without medical conditions

Parents in the Klang Valley will be able to book their child’s vaccination appointments through MySejahtera, with the option to select the most convenient place and time. This feature will be expanded to other states shortly.

Currently, only a special Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for kids 5 to 11 years in age.

This is a special paediatric dose that is smaller at only 0.2 ml, and contains only 10 micrograms (mcg) of the vaccine – 1/3 of the dose used in adults.

To avoid confusion, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids comes with an orange cap, and boxes and labels with orange borders.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

This paediatric Pfizer vaccine was shown to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection, with fewer side effects.

More than 8.7 million doses of the paediatric vaccine have been administered in the United States, with the number of AEFI incidents far lower than that of teenagers 12-17 years old who were vaccinated with the full adult dose.

So please take this opportunity to protect your children against COVID-19!

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Programme For Kids : Details Announced!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just announced details of the COVID-19 vaccine programme for kids 5 to 11 years in age.

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Programme For Kids : Details Announced!

On 20 January 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced details of PICKids – the COVID-19 vaccine programme for kids 5 to 11 years in age.

Special Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids To Be Used

A special Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids will be used to vaccinate children 5 to 11 years in age.

This paediatric dose comes in a new 10-dose vial with an orange cap, which will be diluted with 1.3 ml of water.

Each dose is smaller at only 0.2 ml, and contains only 10 micrograms (mcg) of the vaccine – 1/3 of the dose used in adults.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Arrives End Of January 2022

According to the Health Minister, the first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids will arrive in Malaysia on 31 January 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Programme Starts In February 2022

The COVID-19 vaccine for kids programme (PICKids) will officially kick off on 3 February 2022 at the Tunku Azizah Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

However, it will only start in earnest from 22 February 2022 onwards.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Not Mandatory

The COVID-19 vaccine for kids is not mandatory, just like how the vaccination programme for adults and adolescents are also not mandatory.

Parents Can Start Registering Their Kids

Parents can start registering their kids for the COVID-19 vaccine programme using the MySejahtera app.

Parents will be allowed to book appointments for their kids’ vaccinations starting 31 January 2022, with priority given to families living in the Klang Valley.

Read more : How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

90% Efficacious

Even though the paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is only ⅓ that of the adult dose, it was shown to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Fewer Side Effects

The lower paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine naturally produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted.

After almost 8.7 million doses of the paediatric vaccine were administered in the United States, the number of AEFI incidents were far lower than that of teenagers 12-17 years of age who were vaccinated with the full adult dose.

Longer Dose Interval

The Malaysia Ministry of Health will use a longer 8-week dose interval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

This will increase the immune response and has the potential to increase the longevity of the vaccine’s protection, as well reduce the risk of vaccine myocarditis.

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

 

You Should Sign Your Kids Up For COVID-19 Vaccine?

You may be wondering whether you should actually sign up your kids for the COVID-19 vaccine. 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 new 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.

 

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How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

Find out how to register children aged 5 years and older for COVID-19 vaccine programme using the MySejahtera app!

 

How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera Video

On 15 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 years and above.

On 6 January 2022, the new Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine was approved for children 5 to 11 years in age.

As such, MySejahtera has been updated to allow registration of children 5 years and above for the COVID-19 vaccine, so here is updated our video guide on how to do that!

 

How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera Guide

For those who prefer a step-by-step guide with pictures, here is our guide on registering your children for vaccine in MySejahtera :

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to version 1.1.5 or later.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option.

Step 4 : In the Vaccination screen, tap on Add Vaccine Dependent.

Step 5 : If you have not already registered your kids as Vaccine Dependents, tap on Add Vaccination Dependent.

If you have already registered your kids as Vaccine Dependents, please skip to Step 7.

Step 6 : You will need to fill in your child’s details. After you are done, tap Save.

Step 7 : In the Vaccination screen, you should see your child now listed as a Vaccination Dependent. Tap on the Add as vaccine dependent link.

Step 8 : You will now be asked to confirm that you are authorised to manage the vaccination process for your child.

You will also be informed that only one person can manage your child’s vaccination. Tap Yes, Proceed.

Step 9 : In this screen, you need to check your child’s name and IC / Passport No.

Tap Edit if you need to make changes. Otherwise, tap on the “I confirm” check box, and tap Confirm.

Step 10 : You will need to fill in the next section, including adding your location, state and post code.

Once you are done, tap Submit.

Please BE HONEST in this assessment. It will, after all, be verified by the Ministry of Health.

When it comes to Question no. 2 – Do you have any comorbities? – that refers to any medical condition your child has.

For your reference, this includes :

    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Heart disease
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Liver disease
    • Stroke
    • Low Immunity (Immunocompromised)
    • Obesity
    • Others

Step 11 : You should now see a Thank You message. Tap Close.

In the Vaccination Dependent list, your child will have a green checkmark next to his/her name.

If you made any mistake, you can tap on Remove vaccine dependent, and begin the process all over again, from Step 7.

Then all you have to do is wait for the Malaysia Ministry of Health to contact you when it is your child’s turn to be vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

Children Vaccine Registration In MySejahtera : How To Check?

Don’t leave just yet. Make sure your registration was completed properly using these steps :

  1. Go back to the MySejahtera main screen, and tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option again.


  1. In this screen, tap on Vaccine for [your child’s name].
  2. You will see when your child was registered, and his/her current status under the COVID-19 vaccination program.

  1. You do NOT need to click on the three update options, unless there are changes to be made.

 

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You Can Now Register 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

You can now register your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

You Can Now Register 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 16 January 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that 5-11 year old kids will be start getting their COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month.

On 18 January 2022, MySejahtera was finally updated to allow registration of 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine!

 

How To Register 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

Here is step-by-step video guide on how you can register your 5-11 year kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you prefer a pictorial guide, please skip past the video.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to version 1.1.5 or later.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option.

Step 4 : In the Vaccination screen, tap on Add Vaccine Dependent.

Step 5 : If you have not already registered your kids as Vaccine Dependents, tap on Add Vaccination Dependent.

If you have already registered your kids as Vaccine Dependents, please skip to Step 7.

Step 6 : You will need to fill in your child’s details. After you are done, tap Save.

Step 7 : In the Vaccination screen, you should see your child now listed as a Vaccination Dependent. Tap on the Add as vaccine dependent link.

Step 8 : You will now be asked to confirm that you are authorised to manage the vaccination process for your child.

You will also be informed that only one person can manage your child’s vaccination. Tap Yes, Proceed.

Step 9 : In this screen, you need to check your child’s name and IC / Passport No.

Tap Edit if you need to make changes. Otherwise, tap on the “I confirm” check box, and tap Confirm.

Step 10 : You will need to fill in the next section, including adding your location, state and post code.

Once you are done, tap Submit.

Step 11 : You should now see a Thank You message. Tap Close.

That’s it! If you go back to the Vaccination screen (Step 4) and you should see your child’s name listed as Vaccination for [Child’s Name].

Tap on it to check his/her vaccination status. You should see that your child has been registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.

I hope this guide helps you register your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please feel free to share this guide with your family and friends!

 

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Malaysia To Start Vaccinating 5-11 Yo Kids By End Of Month!

Malaysia will be able to start vaccinating 5-11 year-old kids by the end of January 2022!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia To Start Vaccinating 5-11 Yo Kids By End Of Month!

On 16 January 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the COVID-19 vaccination programme for children 5 to 11 years of age will begin at the end of the month.

This comes after Malaysia conditionally approved the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children on 6 January 2022.

It cannot come sooner as the new 2022 academic year is slated to begin in March 2022.

Read more : Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids In Malaysia : Should You Take It?

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.

It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.

So yes, I definitely advise you to vaccinate your children against COVID-19, preferably before they start the new academic year.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

 

Can You Start Registering 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine?

Unfortunately, MySejahtera still does not allow you to register your 5-11 year-old children for COVID-19 vaccination.

While there is a way to bypass the MySejahtera check, and register your children anyway, their registration might be invalidated later.

Read more : Can 5-11 Yo Kids Start Registering For COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

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