Rina: Vaccinate new mothers before they are discharged

by BERNAMA / pic by TMR FILE

THE Women, Family and Community Development Ministry has recommended that women who give birth in hospitals be given the Covid-19 vaccine before they are discharged.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun (picture) said the move is to make it easier for them to get the vaccine, which should be administered on advice from experts.

“I want to suggest that pregnant women, who deliver their babies at hospitals, to be given the vaccine before they are discharged, instead of them having to go home first and then go to a vaccination centre to get the jab, she said.

She told reporters this when met after accompanying Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during a visit to the vaccination centre (PPV) for pregnant women at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, where some of 2,600 pregnant women are expected to be vaccinated at the PPV.

Also present yesterday was National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.

According to Rina, nearly 110,000 pregnant women have registered for the Covid-19 vaccination through MySejahtera and to date, 11,000 of them have been given their appointment dates.

She also suggested for babysitters to be given the vaccination at 49 Nur Sejahtera Clinics.

On the vaccination for people with disabilities (OKUs), Rina said registration involving the group is still low with only 280,000 individuals having registered for the NCIP.

Rina said the ministry is also in discussions with e-hailing companies to help provide transport for OKUs to the PPVs.