Vaccination for teenagers to start on Thursday

Noel Achariam

To avoid congestion at PPVs, only one parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany the adolescent for vaccination purposes, says the Health Ministry. – The Malaysian Insight pic, September 21, 2021.

COVID-19 walk-in vaccination for teenagers will begin on Thursday at 156 PPV or vaccine centres nationwide, deputy health minister Noor Azmi Ghazali said. 
He said it will be carried out according to the school’s location in relation to the identified PPV and will be implemented according to rotation as well as the date and time set.
“Schedules will be issued by the respective schools to teenagers and parents.
“This programme will involve all adolescents including those who are not going to school,” he said in a statement. 
Azmi said that teenagers who are not going to school will be allowed to walk in at any of the 156 PPVs close to their home. 
“However, if the vaccine quota at the PPV has been used up for the day,  they will be given an appointment at the same PPV the next day or at a nearby private health clinic.”
He added that university students under the age of 18 are allowed to walk in to all PPVs that are still operating at this time by showing their student identification.  
“Parents or guardians need to be present together to sign the vaccination consent form.
“Teenagers who have received a vaccination date at the schools’ PPV must maintain the existing appointment that has been set and are not allowed to walk in to another PPV.”
Noor Azmi said that to avoid congestion at PPVs, only one parent or guardian is allowed to accompany the adolescent for vaccination purposes.
“The Health Ministry advised parents to ensure that teenagers to be vaccinated get a good night’s rest, have breakfast and drink enough water before going for their vaccination.
“Parents should monitor their children and ensure that they do not engage in strenuous activities for a period of seven days after their vaccination.”
As for boarding school students (both daily and full board), he said those who are about to sit for major exams will have their first dose appointments at a clinic or school located near to them while their second jabs will be given at schools.
He added that as of September 20, a total of 5,964 schools have registered on the Vaksin-Anak-Ku portal.
“The vaccination programme for teenagers is expected to involve 3.2 million adolescents aged 12 to 17.
“Up to September 20, more than 300,000 teens have received their first jabs since the programme kicked off in Sarawak on September 8.” – September 21, 2021.

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