KUANTAN: Form Five students reacted with relief after the government announced that they would be able to get their Covid-19 vaccination from next month.
National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would be given to these students to give them the option of returning to school soon.
“Yes, the first dose will start in July hopefully. The Education Minister wants the option. This has not been decided by the National Security Council yet, but he (Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin) wants the option to send the exam students – Form Five and Form Six – back to school perhaps by the end of July or August, depending on the spread of cases.“If that’s going to be the case, I have to give them the vaccination
in July,” Khairy told a press conference here yesterday.
He added that the plan was to administer the vaccine in the schools themselves.
John Chan, a Form Five student in a secondary school in Subang Jaya, said he would get vaccinated if it meant keeping him safe from contracting the coronavirus.
“Getting yourself vaccinated may also protect the people around you, particularly those at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19,” he said.
SM Sains Tuanku Aishah Rohani Form Five student Sharifah Nur Mirrah Syed Mudzhar felt relieved after hearing the announcement.
She said it was a wise move by the government considering the rise in cases after schools reopened earlier this year.
“Hopefully with this initiative, students will be able to pursue their studies peacefully,” she added.
On Thursday, Mohd Radzi expressed his gratitude to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force for accepting the ministry’s suggestion to prioritise vaccinating exam year students.
Additionally, he said some 90,000 teachers had been given at least one dose of the vaccines so far.
On June 9, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said children between the ages of 12 and 17 were expected to be included in the fifth phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
He added that this phase, which would likely kick off in August, would only take place if the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency gave its approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be used on children in this age group.