Covid-19: No plans for vaccine advocacy programmes in schools, says Deputy Education Minister

IPOH: There are no plans for vaccination advocacy programmes in schools, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

The Deputy Education Minister said since the vaccinations are for those above the schooling age, there is no need for advocacy programmes to be held in schools.

“Under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, the vaccines are for those aged 18 and above.

“Therefore, we will be having nationwide roadshows to raise the awareness about the advantages of taking the Covid-19 vaccines,” he said after taking his first Covid-19 vaccine jab at Stadium Indera Mulia here Friday (March 19).

Dr Mah said the roadshows are among the initiatives taken by the government to encourage members of the public to take the vaccines.

“We are going on roadshows to explain the advantages of being vaccinated. Those who are eligible should come forward and get vaccinated.

“My office will arrange a roadshow where we will visit several places in Perak including rural areas and Orang Asli villages,” he said.

He said it was important for everyone to register for the vaccination programme.

“I see no reason why people should refuse to take the vaccine as it will protect everyone and that is how we get herd immunity.

“We want everyone to register as soon as possible as it will benefit the people,” he said.

He added that about 4,865 teachers in Perak will be vaccinated under the first phase of the immunisation programme.

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