KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — Adolescents in Penang will start getting their Covid-19 vaccinations in the next two weeks, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced today.
He said the vaccinations will be done at schools and that students will be given appointments based on a predetermined priority list, adding that further details will be announced soon.
“I will also announce the schedule for teenage vaccinations in other states next week,” he said in a joint press conference with Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow that was broadcast live from George Town.
Khairy said that parents in Penang will be contacted for their permission to vaccinate their children.
He said the vaccination for the adolescents is part of the government’s measures to widen coverage for the remainder of the state’s population, as almost 100 per cent of the adults in Penang who are eligible have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Yesterday, the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) published on its Facebook page that 90.9 per cent of Penang adults have received at least one dose of the vaccines.
Sarawak is the only state so far that has started mass vaccination for children.
The campaign started on September 8 and the Pfizer vaccine was used on those aged 16 and 17. The next age group to get their jabs will be those between 12 and 15-years-old with co-morbidities.
Khairy has indicated that Labuan and the Klang Valley will be next but has so far not announced a commencement date.