KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 – The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) today reported one case of serious side effects from Covid-19 vaccination in a child who recovered after hospitalisation.
Based on slides presented by the medical regulator in a media briefing, the NPRA recorded 58 reports of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) among children aged five to 11 years in the child Covid-19 vaccination programme (PICKids) as of February 21.
Except for that one serious AEFI case requiring hospitalisation, the remaining 57 AEFI cases in the paediatric Covid-19 vaccination programme involved non-serious side effects after coronavirus vaccination.
The NPRA said it received 0.1 AEFI reports for every 1,000 doses, or one report for every 10,000 doses in PICKids.
As of yesterday, 615,671 coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered to children aged five to 11 years.
Among the Covid-19 vaccine adverse effects reported among children are acute stress response, fever, and difficulty breathing.
Deputy Health Minister Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali reportedly said yesterday that the one serious AEFI case in PICKids was a child who had an asthma attack after receiving the shot that exacerbated her underlying asthmatic condition.
The child was discharged from hospital upon recovery.