Can you now register your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia?
Find out what has gone viral, and what the FACTS really are!
Claim : You Can Now Register 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!
This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that you can now register 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia!
For children 5-12 yo, can start to register for vaccination at MySejahtera.
First: remove dependant at ‘manage dependants’
Then: add vaccine dependant at ‘covid-19 vaccination’
Lastly: after successfully registered, add details again at ‘manage dependant’
Truth : 5-11 Yo Kids CANNOT Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Right Now!
This viral message is yet another COVID-19 vaccine-related FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Pfizer Paediatric Vaccine Was Just FDA-Approved!
The FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the approval of an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the Pfizer paediatric vaccine.
Only on 29 October 2021 did the US FDA officially approve the Pfizer paediatric vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.
Even so, it will take time for CDC to come up with guidelines on who should get the new paediatric vaccine first, and even more time for other countries to get their vaccine doses.
Fact #2 : Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Year-Old Kids Not NPRA-Approved Yet!
Even though the Pfizer paediatric vaccine is approved by the US FDA, it must also be approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of the Malaysia Ministry of Health.
Until that happens, the vaccine cannot be used to vaccinate anyone in Malaysia, certainly not children below 12 years of age.
Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!
Fact #3 : Malaysia Has NOT Even Purchased The Vaccine!
On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.
That means the government will start negotiating with Pfizer to purchase their paediatric COVID-19 vaccine for use in Malaysia.
In other words – we have NOT purchased the vaccine yet!
Fact #4 : Malaysia Has Not Announced Registration For 5-11 Yo Kids
As of 30 October 2021, the Malaysian government, and the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has NOT announced that parents are allowed to register their 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Currently, only adolescents who are 12-17 years old are allowed to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.
Fact #5 : MySejahtera Does Not Yet Permit <12 Yo Registration
The latest MySejahtera – version 1.0.49 – does NOT permit the registration of children below 12 years of age.
If you attempt to add your child as a Vaccine Dependent, you will be asked to confirm that your child is over 12 years old.
Fact #6 : Method Exploits Existing MySejahtera Bug
The method outlined above exploits an existing bug in MySejahtera that allows you to bypass the age verification page.
This was the same bug that allowed parents to register their 12-17 years old children earlier this year, before the government announced that they would be allowed to.
It is really no different than just tapping the check box to confirm that your dependent is over 12 years old, even if he/she isn’t.
Fact #7 : Your Registration May Fail
I actually tested this bug earlier this year by registering my 12 year-old son using this “hack”.
But when the official registration opened, I noticed that his registration “disappeared”. I had to register him again.
When I checked his vaccination details, it says that he registered at the later date, instead of the earlier date when I used the hack.
I’m not sure if this will happen again with this hack, but if you choose to use it, please CHECK your child’s vaccine registration when they officially open it up for 5-11 year-old kids.
The time will come when we will be allowed to register children below 12 years of age, but that time has not yet arrive.
Until then, the viral message is nothing more than FAKE NEWS! Please alert your family and friends, share this fact check with them!
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