Health DG: Vaccinate kids to protect them from MIS-C, a severe disease linked to Covid-19

PETALING JAYA: Children should be vaccinated to protect them from Covid-19 and other serious diseases linked to it, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

“The Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Covid-19 (MIS-C) Malaysia Study Group found that a total of 174 cases were identified in Malaysia and 57% of the total cases were among children aged 5-11 years,” Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah posted on his Twitter account @DGHisham on Saturday (Feb 19).

Dr Noor Hisham explained that MIS-C is a serious disease caused by Covid-19 infection in children, and can be deadly, with seven deaths recorded so far as a result of MIS-C.

To protect from Covid-19 and its related medical complications, Dr Noor Hisham urged parents and guardians to immediately get the Covid-19 vaccine for their children aged five to 11.

“The Cominarty for children vaccine uses a new and safe formulation and dosage that is appropriate for children in that age range,” he says.

The Cominarty Covid-19 vaccine is produced by Pfizer-BioNTech.

As of Thursday (Feb 17), more than 340,000 children aged from five to 11 years in Malaysia received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids), which began on Feb 3.

Latest data available on the CovidNow website shows that 10.8% of children aged 5-11 have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Throughout Malaysia, 81.1% of the total population have been fully vaccinated, with 42.4% having received booster doses.

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