Compulsory vaccination: Malaysia studying age target, vaccine type

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian Health Ministry is looking into the feasibility of making compulsory immunisation on babies and children in the country by taking into account the suitable age target and type of vaccine required.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said it was among the matters discussed by a task force set up to study its implementation and related implications, prior to a proposal paper submitted to the Cabinet.

“The ministry is in the process of getting the views of all quarters, including government and private agencies, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and related-associations as inputs in the proposal paper,” he said during the Ministers’ Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He said this in response to a question by Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen (PH-Bandar Kuching) on the ministry’s stand for compulsory immunisation on children following the increase in diphtheria cases in Johor.