Compulsory vaccinations for newborns on the cards, says Health Minister

Published on 17 Oct 2019 4:45:01 PM

The Health Ministry is mulling to make vaccination for newborns compulsory, following the return of preventable diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and measles.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, said the government is considering the move due to the increasing number of parents rejecting immunisation and the spread of TB among foreign workers in Malaysia.

He said this in reply to a supplementary question from Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday.