At a vaccination centre in the capital Kuala Lumpur, young children sat anxiously with parents as occasional
“I feel like the (there are) higher chances of me not getting COVID now and I can go dine out,” said 8-year-old Sophie Lee Ming Qi after receiving the vaccine.
The inoculation programme will add to Malaysia’s success in vaccinating most of its people. Nearly 80% of the 32 million population have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, including almost 98% of adults.
About 517,000 children had registered to take the vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech as of Wednesday, local media reports said.
In the past six months, 147,282 children age 5-11 have been infected with COVID-19 and 26 have died.
“It’s a great move,” said Lee Ser Wor, a parent of children being inoculated.
“It’s good for them in order for them to be protected against the COVID-19 virus and in doing so, it is also protecting the public at large.”
Malaysia has recorded 2.8 million coronavirus cases and close to 32,000 deaths overall.