Second dose for adolescents start today

Izah Azahari & Rokiah Mahmud

The administration of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 17 starts today.

This was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the daily press conference yesterday.

The minister urged parents and guardians to ensure that the children receive their second dose according to schedule.

The adolescents are required to scan BruHealth QR code during registration at the vaccination centres, and bring along their identification card, vaccination booklet and Bru-HIMS card (if available) as well as fill in the consent form, health screening form and flu desk screening questionaire.

They are also advised to wear face masks, practise physical distancing, bring umbrella and water as well as comply with instructions given by personnel at the centre. The adolescents are required to declare to health personnel their BruHealth code status and if they have flu-like symptoms.

The children should not have quarantine order and self-isolation notice, and if they recently recovered from COVID-19, it should be no less than four weeks after recovery, the minister added.

When queried about vaccine supply for booster shots, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said it should be sufficient if deliveries are received according to plan.

The minister said booster shots are administered to frontliners and recently, those aged 50 and over. Only 15,338 doses, or 3.6 per cent of the population, have received the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said for children aged five to 11 receiving the vaccine early next year, the dosage will be lower – at 10 microgrammes – as recommended by
Pfizer.

Meanwhile, 1,491 individuals received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine on December 4.

Latest figures also showed 404,371 individuals (94 per cent of population) have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 351,709 (81.8 per cent) have completed their vaccination schedule under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.