KLANG: Megala Govindarajoo keeps her sons Tanush, 17, and Harishee, 15, under lock and key at home.
This is because she suffered extreme trauma when Harishee was infected with Covid-19 late last year and had to be hospitalised.
No one knows from where Harishee had picked up the infection but the incident was enough for Megala to keep her sons from venturing out.
"If my sons are vaccinated, I will not fear for their safety so much, more children are getting infected and even dying, ’’ said Megala.
Like Megala, Renu Dayalal also wants her son Veer Nikhil Kothari, 11, to be vaccinated.
Her biggest nightmare was towards the end of last year when both she and her husband had come down with Covid-19.
"We self-quarantined in our bedroom upstairs whilst my son was downstairs with his grandmother, ’’ said Renu.
She added that she was very worried about infecting both her son and mother-in-law throughout the 14-day quarantine.
"Children are somewhat a high-risk group now and should also be vaccinated to prevent picking up the infection from adults and other sources, ’’ she added.
However, Mandy Chee, mother of three children, aged nine, seven and two, does not believe that children should be vaccinated at this juncture.
She said all adults should be vaccinated to create herd immunity which would, in turn, protect those who are unvaccinated such as children.
"I think it's okay to vaccinate teenagers but not children below 14.
"Generally it takes decades to develop vaccines but the Covid-19 vaccine was developed very fast and therefore it may not be suitable for young children whose immunity system is still developing, ’’ said Chee.
Experts too believe that the current battalion of Covid-19 vaccines may not be suitable for children.
Universiti Teknologi Mara (Puncak Alam) Department of Pharmacology Assoc Prof Datuk Dr S. Vellayan reckons the right thing to do would be to have a separate clinical trial for children and to formulate vaccines for them from there.
Infectious disease expert Dr Zamberi Sekawi said children should be vaccinated but the vaccine for them should be formulated following proper clinical trials.
The question of whether or not to vaccinate children against Covid-19 arose after the number of children infected with the virus started increasing.
According to reports some 20, 000 children under the age of five have been infected with Covid-19 so far.