If you've not gotten your COVID-19 vaccine yet, chances are that you're probably patiently waiting for your turn to come.
It was decided when Malaysia first got the vaccines that those in the higher risk groups i.e. the elderly would get the doses first and it would eventually trickle down to the rest of the country.
After reading the latest statement by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, we're guessing this plan has been tossed aside.
According to a report by Malay Mail
, the minister, who is also the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister announced that Form Five students would be receiving Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines soon.
According to the report, he made this announcement during a press conference with Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
“We are trying to get it done within July.
“Yes, first dose in July. Form Five students, because the education minister wants the option. This has not been decided by the National Security Council (NSC), but he wants the option to send the exam students, Form Five and Form Six students back to school, perhaps by the end of July or August, depending on the spread of cases.
“So when that’s going to be the case, I have to give them the jabs in July,” he said.
A change in direction?
We honestly have nothing against the kids being vaccinated, but what about all the elderly and other at risk members of the society who are still waiting to get their doses?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)
"COVID-19 is often more severe in people who are older than 60 years or who have health conditions like lung or heart disease, diabetes or conditions that affect their immune system."
This is the reason why older Malaysians were prioritised when the national vaccination program was first initiated.
Have we changed strategies now? Did we miss a memo?
What do you think about this announcement? Tell us in the comments.