You can now get the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for your 5-11 year-old kids in Malaysia!
Here is what you need to know!
Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : Approved In Malaysia!
On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) gave conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.
This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.
It is also the second vaccine to be approved for use in the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme for children.
Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!
Here is what you need to know about the use of the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids in the PICKids vaccination programme for children.
When Will PICKids Offer Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?
PICKids started offering the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids starting 7 March 2022.
What Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?
The Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids is the SAME as the Sinovac vaccine for adults.
This is an inactivated virus vaccine – which uses real SARS-CoV-2 viruses that have been killed (deactivated) using β-propiolactone, a sterilising agent.
What Is The Dose For Kids?
The dose is the same for kids, as it is for adults – 600 SU (3 µg) of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus ,together with aluminium hydroxide (as adjuvant) in 0.5 ml of phosphate-buffered saline.
What Is The Dose Interval
Children 5-11 years in age will receive two doses, with an interval of 4 weeks between each dose.
Where Is The Vaccine Injected?
Just like in adults, the Sinovac vaccine will be injected into the deltoid muscle of the child’s shoulder.
Who Qualifies For Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?
The Malaysia Ministry of Health recommends the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccine of choice for children 5-11 years in age.
However, they will offer the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine to :
- children who cannot receive the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for health reasons
- children who do not have co-morbidities
- children whose parents refuse to allow them to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine
Who Must NOT Take Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?
Children who are 5-11 years in age must NOT take the Sinovac vaccine if they have :
- a history of allergy to any ingredient used in the manufacture of the Sinovac vaccine
- a severe reaction to the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine
- severe neurological diseases like transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases
- uncontrolled chronic diseases
Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Offered For Free?
The Sinovac vaccine is offered for FREE at all COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (PPVs) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health and ProtectHealth.
The Sinovac vaccine is also available in private clinics and hospitals as a paid vaccination option.
Where Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Being Offered?
Parents or guardians can register their children for the vaccine through the MySejahtera app. The appointment will be issued through the parent’s / guardian’s MySejahtera app.
Parents or guardians can also bring their children to selected PPVs to walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccination.
Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Who Received Pfizer Vaccine
Children who experienced a serious reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children, can receive one dose of the Sinovac vaccine as their second dose, 4 weeks after the first dose.
Children Who Miss Their Vaccine Appointment
Children who miss their appointments, or are not able to make it for health or other unforeseen circumstances, can cancel their appointments and book a new one.
Potential Side Effects Of Sinovac Vaccine
Most side effects of the Sinovac vaccine are mild and temporary, with recovery in just a few days without treatment.
They include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.
When Can Infected Children Get Vaccinated?
Children can get vaccinated against COVID-19, after they fully recover from COVID-19 – at least 14 days after they are infected, and have already completed their isolation.
Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?
This conditional approval of the Sinovac vaccine will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.
Back in October 2021, the KKM ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.
However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.
We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).
|Seropositive Rate||MN Titer (GMT)|
It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.
Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.
At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.
If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
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