KUALA LUMPUR – Only 30 percent of the children population between the age of five to 11-years-old in this country had received their Covid-19 vaccination to date.
According to the Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, that is a sad fact as the Covid-19 infection among children is rising. He also said that the parents should not continue to take the ‘wait and see’ approach in the current situation.
“I am sad because the vaccination rate among children between five to 11 years-old had only reached 30 percent and with the rising cases among the children, we also see the increment of hospital admission rate, the cases in the ICU also increased. The parents still have not decided to give protection to their children through the vaccination for children or PICKids.
“I think that the time for wait and see is over. We have starter PICKids for over a month and we can see that the vaccination is safe and provides protection from serious symptoms. The most serious ones such as ICU admission and death,” he said during a news conference today.
According to him, the number of children until the age of 11, including newborn babies who have been infected by Covid-19 in 2020 was 7,730 and it increased to 379,245 in 2021.
From January until the mid of February, 50,826 children below the age of 12 years-old have been infected by the virus.
Besides being exposed to the Omicron variant, Khairy said that children without the protection via vaccination also have the risk to suffer from Long Covid.
Therefore, he urged the parents to make decision and allow their children to be protected through the vaccination.
“Children are also exposed to the Long Covid, the Covid-19 syndrome after the acute infection phase. Although there is a limited data at the moment, this is a very high risk which can be reduced. Long covid can be reduced via vaccination as the vaccination can reduce serious symptoms when a person is infected by Covid-19,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette