KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia kicked off its vaccination drive for children aged 5 to 11-years-old in a bid to protect the age group from COVID-19, on Thursday.
Launching the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said, “if we feel that we need to close the school, it will be temporary. We want to keep schools open as much as possible. This is very important, adding more than only 14 schools had to be closed so far due to Covid-19.”
The move to vaccinate the age group came as 147,282 were infected in the past 60 months with 26 deaths recorded, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said, “children are also at risk of developing complications of the multisystem inflammatory syndrome and getting affected by coronavirus that can cause prolonged symptoms and interrupt their recovery.
The Health Minister of Malaysia targets vaccinating 70pc of school children between 7-12 years old or younger, and 50 percent of the country’s 3.6 million children including those aged five years old with one dose by the end of February.
Khairy Jamaluddin also thanked parents for their cooperation in the vaccination program, however, 517,107 eligible children have been registered as of February 1.
Malaysia reported 79.8pc of the population has received at least one dose. On contrary, 78.7pc are fully vaccinated and 36.9pc have received booster shots.