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87.2% of adult population fully vaccinated; adolescent vaccinations picking up speed

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 3): Malaysia administered 211,517 Covid-19 vaccine doses nationwide on Saturday (Oct 2), down further from 237,245 on Friday — the second drop after four straight days above the 300,000 mark earlier.

Of the latest doses administered on Saturday, 89,695 were given to individuals receiving their first dose, while the remaining 121,822 were second jabs. Cumulatively, this raised the total number of vaccine doses administered nationwide to 44,145,505, according to the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) COVIDNOW website.

As such, 23,736,676 recipients or 72.7% of the nation’s population had received at least their first dose, including 20,511,444 persons or 62.8% having been administered both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Alhamdulillah, we have administered 44 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday. Adolescent vaccinations are picking up speed and we should be able to start offering booster shots to our seniors this month, as we focus on protecting the vulnerable & reducing deaths,” said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a tweet this morning.

In terms of the country’s adult population, 94.3% or 22,070,545 adults had received at least their first dose, including 87.2% or 20,418,495 who were fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 1,666,131 recipients aged 12 to 17 or 53% of adolescents in the country had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Saturday, including 92,949 of them or 3% of adolescents who had completed their two-dose vaccination. For the Klang Valley comprising Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur, 7,364,623 or 87.4% of its population had been administered at least their first shot, including 6,872,148 persons or 81.6% who had completed their two-dose vaccination.

On Saturday, Johor administered the highest daily number of first shots with 15,304 doses, followed by Perak (10,475) and Penang (10,129), all in five digits. As for second jabs, Sarawak led with 19,271 jabs, followed by Perak (16,790), Johor (15,491), Sabah (13,949), Pahang (12,648) and Penang (11,053), again all in five digits.

Malaysia reported 10,915 new daily Covid-19 cases on Saturday, down from 11,889 on Friday, raising the country’s cumulative infections to 2,268,499, with the current number of active cases at 155,823. The number of daily new cases is also the lowest since July 18 this year, when 10,710 infections were logged.

The country also continued to report lower Covid-19-related deaths as 109 fatalities were recorded, the third consecutive day the daily figure stayed below the 200 mark, down from 121 on Friday (Oct 1). The latest reported deaths brought cumulative Covid-19-linked fatalities in the country to 26,565.

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