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The children vaccination programme is not mandatory. However, parents are urged to register their children in this age group on the MySejahtera application.

Last week, Malaysia's Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that children aged five to 11 will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19, from early February this year. 

In light of that, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has reiterated that the programme is not mandatory, and children will not be subject to COVID-19 restrictions if they are not vaccinated. 

However, he urged parents to register their children in this age group on the MySejahtera application.

As announced by MOH earlier, parents may schedule an appointment on the application from end-January 2022

Priority for vaccination at the start of the programme will be given to children with health problems, who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms. These health problems include:

  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Immunosuppression
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Neurological diseases

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