KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Covid-19 vaccines for Phase Two of the national rollout will be distributed according to registration rates, Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
The coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Program (PICK), in a press conference, said that Covid-19 vaccines for Phase Two targeting the elderly and those with comorbidities, which started today, will be distributed based on demand.
“We have made one round of distribution last weekend to ensure enough supplies in all states, especially those who are taking off Phase Two today,” Khairy said.
“The distribution will be based on demand, which is reflective in the registration that we have per state and based on district level.”
Currently, 37.1 per cent of the 18 and above population nationwide have registered for Covid-19 vaccination.
The highest registration rate is in Putrajaya (97.8 per cent of adult residents aged 18 and above), followed by Selangor (48.8 per cent), and Kuala Lumpur (48.7 per cent).
Meanwhile, Sabah has the lowest Covid-19 vaccine registration rate in Malaysia, as only 14.6 per cent of the country’s second biggest population have registered for their shots.
Phase Two of the national Covid-19 vaccine rollout started today in Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Pulau Pinang, Perlis, Terengganu, Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan.
Phase Two is targeted for the elderly, 60 years and above, the disbled, and those suffering from comorbidities. A total of 9,916 individuals have been scheduled to get their shots today.
Out of the 9.4 million people targeted for Phase Two, only 38.3 per cent (3,605,069 people) have registered for the Covid-19 vaccine.