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High-risk teachers may be included in first phase of immunisation programme

PETALING JAYA (Feb 22): The Education Ministry (MOE) is in talks with  the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) to include teachers in the first phase of the Covid-19 Immunisation Programme seeing that schools will be opening next month.

According to Deputy Education Minister 1 Muslimin Yahaya, if approved, teachers in the high risk group will be receiving the vaccines when the national vaccination programme kickstarts this Wednesday. 

Earlier, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said, they have received many applications from certain groups, including educators who wanted to be among the first phase recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine.

He also requested MOE to provide a list of teachers with comorbidities as the first priority ahead of schools opening in March.

Comorbidities are the presence of two or more diseases in the same person such as kidney disease, heart disease, obesity and hypertension that puts them at an increased risk of severe illness.

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