Kedah Reports One Serious AEFI Case Among Vaccinated Children

Kedah Reports One Serious AEFI Case Among Vaccinated Children
Source – The Straits Times

The case involved a 10-year-old girl who had a history of asthma and had her vaccination at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, said Dr Othman Warijo, state health director.


Kedah Reports One Serious AEFI Case Among Vaccinated Children

Among nearly 36,000 Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) vaccination recipients in Kedah, only one major case of adverse events after immunisation (AEFI) was documented.

Dr Othman Warijo, state health director, said the case involved a 10-year-old child who had a history of asthma and had her vaccination at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

She developed asthma attacks and was admitted to hospital for five days and has fully recovered.

To date, that was the only serious AEFI case reported in Kedah among over 36,000 children aged between 5 and 11-years-old who have received their Covid-19 vaccine," Dr Othman told the New Straits Times. 

As of yesterday, 36,193 children in Kedah have been vaccinated under PICKids, which was started earlier this month.

Source - CNA

According to statistics accessible on the Health Ministry’s CovidNow portal, the number of Covid-19 infections among newborns and children under the age of 12 in Kedah has increased significantly since the beginning of the month.

Between February 1 and yesterday, approximately 6,200 children under the age of 12 tested positive for the virus.

The pattern is consistent with the recent surge of Covid-19 cases in Kedah, where over 2,000 new infections are reported daily.

Education clusters continued to dominate Kedah’s active Covid-19 clusters, accounting for 21 of the state’s 24 declared clusters as of early last month.

Dr Othman recommended parents to enrol their children in PICKids in order to safeguard them from severe consequences if they contract Covid-19.

He said that between July and December 2021, the nation acquired Covid-19 infecting a total of 270,000 children under the age of 12.

There were 63 deaths among children and 174 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C) reported in Malaysia.

We are also worried over the risk of Long Covid Syndrome among children after contracting Covid-19, should they not get the vaccine," he said. 

PICKids began in early February throughout the country, first focusing on children with comorbidities and those at high risk.

The children received the paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine, which has been shown to be safe and effective in previous studies.

The Health Ministry has set a goal of 70% of children receiving their first dose within two months and 80% of the total four million children receiving vaccinations.

Source – New Straits Times

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