KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Malaysia has vaccinated 482,808 people against Covid-19 as of yesterday, just missing an initial target to inoculate 500,000 frontliners with at least the first dose by March 31.
In the past week between March 25 and 31, the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) saw an average of 26,747 doses administered daily in Malaysia (both first and second dose).
During the same period of time, Malaysia administered 6,585 first doses and 20,158 second doses daily on average.
The Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) initially set a target to jab an estimated 500,000 frontliners with at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by March 31 under Phase One of the national Covid-19 vaccination programme.
However, Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently stated that private health care workers who have not gotten Covid-19 vaccination yet would receive at least their first dose by April.
He also said 90 per cent of 500,175 frontline workers across medical and non-medical sectors have already received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by March 28.
CITF has increased target vaccine recipients under Phase One to 647,398 individuals that it hopes to vaccinate with at least the first dose by the second week of April.
As of March 31, the country has administered a total of 698,203 doses, comprising 482,808 first doses and 215,395 second doses of the coronavirus vaccines. This means 482,808 individuals have been vaccinated nationwide so far, including 215,395 people who received complete Covid-19 inoculation.