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Kylie says immunocompromised children should receive a third Covid jab

Children between the ages of 5 and 17 with moderate or severe immunodeficiency need to be vaccinated with a third Covid-19 vaccine to complete a triple-dose primary immune program, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. I am.

In today’s statement on the recommendations of the Covid-19 Vaccine Technical Working Committee, Khairy will be finalized and will be announced shortly after the procedure or mechanism for the third and first booster adolescent doses is finalized. Said.

He said recommendations were made based on the current situation regarding the level of vaccine efficacy in high-risk adolescents.

According to Kylie, the Commission recommended reclassifying additional immune doses for patients aged 12 to 17 years with moderate or severe immunodeficiency as a third dose to supplement primary vaccination.

“Only after completing a primary series of three doses can a first booster dose be given to people aged 12 to 17 years with moderate to severe immunodeficiency.

“This measure aims to provide optimal protection for this group of teens from the risk of Covid-19 infection with severe symptoms,” he said.

On April 14, the Ministry of Health announced that it would provide booster immunization to children 12 years and older with moderate and severe immunodeficiency.

As of yesterday, the primary vaccination rate for the Covid-19 vaccine in adolescence was 93.5%.

However, studies from abroad have shown that the effectiveness of the vaccine to prevent hospitalization in adolescents 5-10 months after receiving the second dose was reduced by 42-73%.

Khairy will administer additional doses to patients with moderate or severe immunodeficiency by public or private physicians to complete the three initial vaccination series or as first and second boosters. Said.

Khairy said that children between the ages of 5 and 11 will receive an additional dose at least 8 weeks after the second dose.

For children between the ages of 12 and 17, he said he would receive an additional dose at least 28 days after receiving the second dose.

He said the second boost was given to individuals between the ages of 18 and 59. This includes front-line healthcare professionals such as healthcare professionals and nurses who are at high risk of serious or severe Covid-19 infection.

“These people will receive a second booster at least 6 months after the first booster, after discussing with a registered practitioner,” he said.

For CanSino heterogeneous boosters, he said, recipients (aged 18+) must have had a second dose of the primary vaccine at least three months ago. – Bernama, June 29, 2022.



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