The last day for parents to get their children vaccinated against Covid-19 is 15 May, said the Deputy Health Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.
He said that the Health Ministry (KKM) will no longer offer first doses under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) aged 5 to 13 after 15 May.
However, he said the vaccines can be obtained at private facilities for a fee.
Dr Noor Azmi said this decision was made following the low take-up of the vaccine which could lead to high vaccine wastage.
“In order to avoid wastage of children’s Covid-19 vaccine that is not used within 6 months after being released by the manufacturer, a deadline must be set.”
“Therefore, from 16 May this year the ministry will no longer offer the first dose of the Comirnaty and CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccines to children aged 5 to 12,” he was quoted saying by Malay Mail.
However, this decision will not involve vaccinations for children who were born in 2017 and have not reached the age of 5 by 15 May 2022. Children in this category can get vaccinated by registering through MySejahtera.
Further details for this vaccination group would be made available soon.
Get registered in MySejahtera by 8 May
Dr Noor Azmi also reminded parents agree to have their children vaccinated to register their children for the Covid-19 vaccine in MySejahtera by 8 May.
“This is to enable a link to the appointment system to be provided before the first dose deadline. I urge parents who have yet to decide not to pass the opportunity to get the vaccine for free under PICKids before the final date. Choose to vaccinate your children to avoid severe Covid-19 complications.” he said.
Meanwhile, he said parents who had registered their children in MySejahtera but have not been inoculated would be contacted by a KKM personnel through phone, social media or home visits to be vaccinated.
New consent forms amended
Dr Noor Azmi said Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force for Children (CITF-C) had also agreed to amend the Covid-19 Vaccine consent form for children aged 18 and below, by removing the clause that reads, “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 effects”.
“The clause is dropped to avoid confusion and convey existing practices which the MOH has never neglected and the readiness of the ministry to provide necessary health assistance if they experienced side effects after receiving the vaccine,” he said.