- At least 80% of teens, 12 to 17, to be vaccinated with their second dose by December, and 60% to receive the first dose by November.
- As of September 21, Sabah (140,809) currently tops the list with a total of 410,489 teens having received their first dose.
Covid-19: Walk-in Vaccination Option For Teens Only For Non-school Goers, Other Must Follow Appointments
“The walk-in Covid-19 vaccination option for teenagers at selected centers beginning Thursday (Sep 23) is limited to non-school goers”, says Datuk Dr. Noor Azmi Ghazali. The Chair of the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force for Adolescents (CITF-A), who is also the Deputy Health Minister, said that “school-going teens must wait for their schools to inform them when and where they can get their Covid-19 vaccines”.
“Teenagers, including the disabled, who are studying in boarding schools under the Education Ministry and Mara will be given appointments at vaccination centers closest to them via the MySejahtera application”, he said during a press conference. The vaccination program for teenagers is expected to involve 3.2 million teenagers, aged 12 to 17, across the country.
Up till September 21, a total of 410,489 teens have received their first jabs since the programme kicked off in Sarawak on Sept 8. Sabah leads the way with 140,890 doses administered to teens, followed by Sarawak (85,291), Kedah (31,294), Kelantan (17,413), Johor (27,936), and Labuan (2,515).
So far, the NPRA has only approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine, named Comirnaty, for the age cohort. At the current vaccination rates, the Ministry of Health is expecting at least 60% of teens to receive at least one dose by November and 80% of them to receive two doses by December.