20% of Covid-19 cases in SGH involve children below 18 years

By S. Harrish

THOSE under 18 years make up about 20% of recent Covid-19 cases at Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching.

State Disaster Management Committee adviser Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this was based on data compiled by the State Health Department.

“From July 15 to Aug 3, Sarawak General Hospital records show that out of 1,000 Covid-19 patients, at least 20% of them are below the age of 18.

“This is something that we are concerned about. Those below 18 are not vaccinated yet and in Sarawak, they are getting infected at a worrying rate.”

Dr Sim said the Delta variant and other strains detected in Sarawak meant that the young will be exposed to more serious infections.

He said Sarawak was looking into the possibility of vaccinating those aged between 12 and 18, as well as a third booster dose for adults.

“The Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Group is looking into this since there is no decision yet at the national level. The advisory group is made up of our own health and medical experts in Sarawak.

“They will advise the state government on this matter. The earliest we can start on the third dose is October,” he added.

Dr Sim said only the Pfizer vaccine can be used on teens.