Malaysia will procure the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, after the US FDA advisory panel recommended its use!
Here is what you need to know…
5-11 Yo Children To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!
On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.
This comes after the US FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the use of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine in children 5-11 years old.
He noted that Malaysia had already partially vaccinated 82.4% of adolescents, with 62% fully-vaccinated.
However, this does not mean that the vaccination of 5-11 year-old children will proceed immediately after that.
The Pfizer paediatric vaccine has to be first approved by the NPRA before it can be used in Malaysia.
He also said that they would be looking at other vaccine options like Sinovac.
Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Children In Malaysia : Should You Take It?
The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.
It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.
Even though children have a lower risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, children who get infected with the coronavirus can suffer from serious complications like :
- multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)
- long COVID
Therefore, it is highly recommended that children 5-11 years-old be vaccinated against COVID-19 using the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, when it is approved and becomes available in Malaysia.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will not only protect them against those risks, it will help protect other children who may not be able to get the vaccine.
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