Covid-19: Over 30% of students aged 12 to 17 have received first dose of vaccine, says Dr Mah

MELAKA: About 30.1% out of 2.53 million students aged 12 to 17 nationwide have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Saturday (Sept 25), says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

The Deputy Education Minister I said that from the total figure, 4.4% had completed their second dose at 687 vaccination centres (PPV) at schools, higher learning institutions, government clinics and police stations.

"Some 63.3% out of 834,857 students aged 16 to 17 as well as 10.9% out of 1.64 million students aged 12 to 15 had received their first dose," he said after visiting the Encore Melaka PPV in conjunction with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Adolescents at Kota Syahbandar here on Sunday (Sept 26).

Dr Mah was accompanied by Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Senator Datuk Lim Ban Hong and Melaka Education Department director Dr Mohd Azam Ahmad during the visit.

Dr Mah said that the vaccination programme involving school students throughout the country was running smoothly and has received a good response from parents.

In Melaka, he said 50.1% out of 26,683 students aged 16 to 17 and 11.5% out of 51,284 students aged 12 to 15 had received their first dose of the vaccine at nine public PPVs involving 76 secondary schools.

Dr Mah said the ministry through the state Education Department is embarking on multiple efforts to encourage more parents to give permission to their children to get the Covid-19 vaccine jabs.

"We are still in the early stage of the immunisation programme for teenagers and we are monitoring the implementation of the programme in a bid to encourage more students to get vaccinated," he said.
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