The government has recently approved the vaccination for teenagers of age 12 to 17, however, not all parents are keen on getting their children vaccinated before face-to-face school starts.
While there were concerns of whether these unvaccinated students will be allowed to attend school, the Deputy Education Minister I, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon clarified that no student will be barred from attending school, even if they refuse to be vaccinated for Covid-19.
He said this at a special press conference with his co-deputy Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali on Wednesday (22 September).
“Every student has the right (to study and attend school). There is no reason for MOE (Ministry of Education) to prevent them from returning to school (without vaccination).” he said, according to Bernama.
He added that the number of students who reject the vaccine is relative small, and it is their parents who do not allow them to be vaccinated.
“Counselling will be given especially to parents as it is not the student who decline to be vaccinated.” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the Ministry of Education (MOE) had issued directives to schools nationwide through the district education office (PPD) to expedite The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Adolescents (PICK Adolescents) appointments to ensure its success.
He added that the Ministry has take several approaches to inform the parents of the importance of the Covid-19 vaccines and stressed that it is for their children’s safety and to protect them from serious Covid-19 infection.
“MOE is prepared to assist parents and schools to achieve the objective. MOE is planning to send various promotion materials to help parents and schools achieve goals.”
“The MOE plans to send various leaflets to help parents receive the correct information so that they can agree to allow their children to receive the vaccine.” he said.
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