Unvaccinated IPT students can now opt for “Walk-In” vaccination

By Hakim Mahari 

PUTRAJAYA, 9 September 2021: More than 200,000 students of institutions of higher learning (Institut Pengajian Tinggi or IPT) who have not been vaccinated, can now do so by ‘walk-in’ at the vaccination centre (Pusat Pemberian Vaksin or PPV).

That is the assurance of the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba when commenting on the issue of many public and private IPT students in the country who do not register for vaccination.

“The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has decided to allow the students involved to come ‘walk-in’ at the PPV on condition that they show a valid matric card,” he said.

Earlier, he attended an official handover ceremony with the previous incumbent, Khairy Jamaluddin who changed portfolio as the new Health Minister.

There are 20 public IPT and more than 30 private IPT as well as 10 branch campuses of foreign universities, dozens of university colleges and more than 400 private colleges operating in the country.

It is estimated that more than 700,000 students study in all public higher education institutions while more than 600,000 in private institutions of higher learning nationwide aged between 18 and 24 years.

“CITF has received records from the Ministry of Higher Education which show that a total of 547,595 public and private IPT students nationwide have been vaccinated,” he said.

This figure represents 53.2 per cent but the Ministry’s review also found that more than 195,000 or 37.5 per cent of public IPT students have no vaccination registration record at all.

The number, Dr. Adham added, is higher than private IPT students who have no immunisation registration record, which is more than 51,000 or only 10.2 percent so far.

“I hope efforts of CITF and the Ministry to raise awareness on the importance of vaccination needs to be enhanced in the near future,” he said.***

Hakim Mahari

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