From 1 January to 19 September 2021
17 years old and below:
410,762 had Covid-19 (12,620 in 2020)
67 deaths (12 in 2020)
Health Ministry: More than 400,000 children in Malaysia caught Covid-19 in 2021, wrong to assume vaccinating adults will protect them
Thursday, 23 Sep 2021 07:11 PM MYT
BY KEERTAN AYAMANY
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — A total of 410,762 children in Malaysia, aged 17 and below, contracted Covid-19 this year, compared to 12,620 children in 2020, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
During a media sharing session today, MoH and its representatives said that due to the increasing trend of Covid-19 infections among children, the public should not assume that vaccinating adults will adequately protect children.
“I think it has to do with the Delta variant. We assume the Delta variant is (currently) the dominant variant,” said Dr Nik Khairulddin Nik Yusoff, an infectious diseases paediatrician working at Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Baru.
“It is not enough to say that if we vaccinate enough adults, we are going to be protecting our children — not with this Delta variant that we are seeing right now,” he added.
Deputy Health director-general Datuk Dr Hishamshah Mohd Ibrahim, who was also present, said that new information surrounding the disease is pushing health experts to change their initial presumptions, such as that children will not need to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The experts were responding to a question on whether Malaysia will follow a trend seen in the United States where Covid-19 infection rates among children dropped in tandem with infection rates among adults.
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, which initially only covered adults aged 18 above, started including adolescents from the ages 12 to 17 as of September 20.
80% of eligible kids in Malaysia to be fully vaccinated before school reopens in 2022
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – With 67 children dying due to Covid-19 this year compared to six deaths in 2020, the Malaysian Health Ministry aims to complete Covid-19 inoculation for 80 per cent of eligible children before school reopens in 2022.
Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the statistics showing an increasing trend of infections in children below 18 years old was worrying, while the sharp rise in deaths among this age group was also of concern.
Thus, the Health Ministry aims to ensure that 60 per cent of adolescents aged between 12 and 17 will get at least one dose of the vaccine by November 2021, he said.
The ministry also aims for 80 per cent of those who are eligible to be completely vaccinated before school opens for the 2022 session, he said.
“The statistics showing an increasing trend of infections among children (0 to 18 years old) in Malaysia is worrying.
“Also of concern are the death statistics, where 67 deaths among children have been reported in 2021 up to Sept 19, compared to six deaths in 2020,” he said in a statement on Monday (Sept 20).