Malaysia is among the countries with the fastest adolescent Covid-19 vaccination rollouts in the world, says Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said in less than two months, 80% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 had received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
“One of the fastest adolescent Covid-19 vaccination rollouts in the world.
“Thank you, @DrNoorAzmi (Deputy Health Minister Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali), @DrMahHS (Deputy Education Minister Dr Mah Hang Soon) and everyone at CITF-A. #LindungDiriLindungSemua,” he said in a Twitter post today.
Noor Azmi is the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force – Adolescent (CITF-A) chairman while Mah was previously responsible for handling vaccinations for the group.
Based on the health ministry’s data on the CovidNow portal, a total of 1,367,216 individuals or 43.4% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 had completed their vaccination as of yesterday.
Another 2,524,156 individuals have been given at least a first dose of vaccine since the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) for the adolescent group was launched on Sept 8.
As for the adult population, a total of 22,084,594 individuals or 94.3% had completed their Covid-19 vaccination as of yesterday, while 97.3% or 22,792,916 individuals have received at least one dose of vaccine.
Meanwhile, 235,607 doses of vaccine were given yesterday, bringing the cumulative number of doses administered under PICK which was launched on Feb 24 to 48,673,215.