The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has agreed to the education ministry’s proposal that students sitting for major examinations this year be given priority for vaccination.
Education Minister Radzi Jidin said this was due to the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency’s (NPRA) approval of the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12 and above.
“As for the teachers, over 90,000 individuals have received at least one dose of vaccine so far. The ministry is always committed to striving for the best,” he said on Facebook today.
He also shared a short video clip in which National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin explained the matter.
Khairy had been speaking at a virtual discussion titled “The Path to Herd Immunity: Up Close with YB Khairy Jamaluddin”, organised by The Oxford & Cambridge Society Malaysia yesterday.
The science, technology and innovation minister said according to the data from the education ministry, there are 357,000 Form Five students and 47,000 Form Five teachers nationwide.
“Kids who are sitting for public exams really need to get back to school to prepare for the exams.
“We are working out something with the education ministry to focus on exam years first, to inoculate both the teachers and support staff at schools as well as exam-year students,” he said in the discussion.