Malaysia has administered more than 42 million Covid vaccine doses

Ragananthini Vethasalam

People return to Bukit Bintang, the shopping district of Kuala Lumpur, to shop and to dine as movement curbs are eased with the rising vaccination rate, on September 25, 2021. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, September 26, 2021.

MORE than 42 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered as of yesterday, seven months since the national immunisation programme began on February 24.

A total of 259,141 doses were administered under the programme yesterday.

The Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) said 19.48 million people, or 83.1% of the adult population or 59.7% of the general population, have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Meanwhile, 22.71 million have received at least one shot of the double dose vaccine. This is equivalent to 93.7% of the adult population and 69.6 % of the general population.

The Klang Valley has the highest vaccination rate at 79.9% of its general population and 109.1% of its adults having completed their shots.

Sabah has the lowest vaccination coverage and is the only state to have vaccinated fewer than 60% of its adults.

Only 1.61 million of Sabah folk have been fully vaccinated. This translates to 58.3% of adults and 41.2% of the general population.

When an area records a vaccination rate of more than 100%, it means that the changes in the population size, including undocumented residents, is yet to be accounted for by the Department of Statistics since the last census was taken. 

Meanwhile, 25.2% of children aged 12 to 17 have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 0.9% have been fully vaccinated since the vaccination programme for the group began on September 8.

The two-dose Pfizer vaccine is administered for the group.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the JKJAV is also reaching out to the the remaining 20% of the adult population who are yet to be vaccinated or who refuse to be jabbed. – September 26, 2021.

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