The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had just announced that they will start vaccinating the teenagers aged between 12 to 17 year-old against Covid-19.
Khairy took the announcement to Twitter, confirming the statement from the Ministry of Health (KKM) that went circulated on social media today (13 August).
According to Khairy, PICK will prioritise those teenagers aged 12 to 17 year-old with underlying medical conditions before they proceed to vaccinate those with no medical issues, based on descending order.
In addition, he said that the vaccination for this age group will start in the middle of September.
As per @DGHisham’s latest circular following revised recommendations to @JKJAVMY, PICK will start giving vaccinations to 12-17 year olds with the following priority order:— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) August 13, 2021
1) 12-17 w/ underlying medical conditions
2) 12-17 w/ no medical issues based on age de-escalation.
Meanwhile, in the statement circulated by the Health DG, said that the vaccination will be carried out at special vaccination centres (PPV) in selected hospitals, health clinics, and schools.
Khairy also said that the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to COVID will make an announce on the implementation of this programme next week too.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Education (MOE) had on last month announced that school will resume face-to-face learning starting September but there were growing calls from the public to delay the school reopening.
Among the concerns were that students were not vaccinated, there will be a risk that a cluster will be sparked in schools. The situation will be made worse if these students were to bring back the virus and spread it to their family members or friends.
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