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Teens aged 12 to 17 to begin receiving Covid jabs

Teenagers with underlying medical conditions will be given priority.

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Teenagers aged 12 to 17 will begin receiving vaccine shots under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

In a Twitter post, he said jabs would be given to teenagers with underlying medical conditions first, followed by those with no medical issues based on age de-escalation.

“An announcement will be made next week by JKJAV on how Covid-19 vaccinations for adolescents will be implemented as per health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s circular and the latest updated clinical guidelines,” he said, referring to the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply.

According to the circular, teenagers will begin receiving vaccine shots in mid-September, subject to vaccine supply.

The jabs will be administered at special vaccination centres (PPVs) at hospitals and medical institutions as well as designated health clinics and PPVs, and through outreach programmes for example at schools.

On July 15, the government gave the green light for the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to children aged 12 and above.

About 42% of the adult population have been fully vaccinated so far while nearly 71% have received a first dose.

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