Two-stage jab for teens lauded

Dr Sim Kui Hian Covid
Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The decision by the Health Ministry (MOH) and the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) to implement a two-stage vaccination for those aged 12 to 17 is good and applauded news.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this will help increase the percentage of herd immunity in the state.

“We are excited with this policy as it allows Sarawak to have a higher percentage of herd immunity as 29 percent of the state’s population are 18 years old and below.

“Also, currently in Sarawak, the vaccines are waiting to be administered to recipients,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Dr Sim said for the state, it has planned a vaccine rollout to school students aged between 15 to 17 years.

“There will be 101,000 students from 194 secondary schools and the planning process is already ongoing.

“We are quietly confident that we can replicate (the swift) vaccine rollout which means the vaccines are to be administered as quickly and as soon as possible,” he said.

On Friday, NCIP coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a two-stage vaccination will be implemented involving adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old.

He said NCIP will start vaccinations with the following priority order which includes those aged between 12 and 17 with underlying medical conditions and those with no medical issues based on age de-escalation.

Khairy said this was based on the recommendation by Health director general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV).

“An announcement will be made next week by JKJAV on how Covid-19 vaccinations for adolescents will be implemented as per @DGHisham’s circular and the latest updated clinical guidelines,” tweeted Khairy.