PICKids won’t be extended beyond May 31

Easy does it: A child getting her vaccination at a clinic in Jalan Cheras, Balakong. — SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

BAGAN SERAI: The Health Ministry does not plan to extend the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids), which is scheduled to end on May 31.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the ministry had given enough time to parents to bring their children to be vaccinated for free and after this, the jabs would be available for a fee at private facilities.

“So far, we have no plan to extend. It was supposed to end on May 15 but was extended to May 31 because we wanted parents to get their children vaccinated,” he told reporters after opening the Parent-Teacher Association annual general meeting at SMK Abu Bakar Al Baqir here yesterday.

Dr Noor Azmi said the daily number of children receiving the vaccine showed an increase after Hari Raya, namely 1,981 people on May 16, May 17 (2,798), May 18 (2,806), May 19 (3,747) and Friday (7,137).

He said Sarawak recorded the highest percentage of children who had been vaccinated at 87.4%, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Labuan. — Bernama

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