Vaccine for children next month | Daily Express Online

Vaccine for children next month

Published on: Friday, January 21, 2022

By: Bernama

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Kuala Lumpur: The Ministry of Health (MOH) will start Covid-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11 from February, as soon as the supply of Pfizer vaccines (for children) arrives here, scheduled to start on January 31, said his minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said the decision was based on data, information and views from the technical working group (TWG) and panel members behind the childhood vaccination clinical guidelines. “The launch of the vaccination program for children aged five to under 12 will take place on February 3 at Tunku Azizah Hospital in Kuala Lumpur,” he told a press conference in parliament, Wednesday.

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He said the booking of vaccination slots for children will be opened in stages, starting January 31, with priority for registration given to parents residing in the Klang Valley, and details will be announced in the near future. “The appointment booking system, through MySejahtera, will open at the end of January 2022 and to start with, parents will be able to register their children as dependents in their MySejahtera app,” he said. Khairy said the priority for vaccination at the start of the program was for children with health conditions such as chronic respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and diabetes, as they were at higher risk of contracting serious Covid infection. -19.

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He said the Comirnaty vaccine formulation to be used in the program is a special formulation for children and comes in a 10-dose vial (orange cap). It should be mixed with 1.3 ml of common saline solution. “Each dose is 0.2 ml and contains 10 mcg of mRNA vaccine, which is equivalent to one third of the dose given to adults; eight weeks apart between two doses,” he said. Khairy added that based on the latest data obtained, the eight-week interval between the two doses administered would have an effect on the immune response and a higher rate of effectiveness, as well as the potential to provide longer protection.
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