KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — The federal government aims to fully vaccinate 80 per cent of the adult population in Selangor, Malaysia’s most populous state, against Covid-19 by September this year, Khairy Jamaluddin said today.
This means that about 76 per cent of Selangor’s 4.8 million adult population — or roughly 3.7 million people — must be inoculated with both doses on a two-dose vaccine regimen, equivalent to about 7.4 million injections, within the next 11 weeks by September.
“Selangor will be ramping up their daily vaccination rate to 135,000 per day in July and up to 165,000 per day in August. This means Selangor will be able to vaccinate 80 per cent of its adult population by September,” Khairy mentioned in a tweet today.
Based on the vaccine minister’s projections, up to 4,185,000 doses are estimated to be administered in Selangor next month, plus up to 4,950,000 doses in August, totalling 9,135,000 shots to the arm.
According to the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV), as of June 14, a total of 180,605 people in Selangor have received the complete two doses of the coronavirus vaccine. That is only 3.7 per cent of Selangor’s adult population aged 18 and above.
The state, which comprises approximately 20 per cent of the country’s adult population, has a total of 4,844,000 adult residents.
According to JKJAV, a total of 487,138 people, or 10 per cent of adults in Selangor, have received at least one vaccine dose in Selangor. This figure includes those who have received the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Last week, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) said that it aimed to increase Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Selangor to a quarter of the country’s total vaccine supply from 17 per cent when additional vaccine supplies arrive in the coming months.
It must be noted that Selangor is still one of the main Covid-19 epicentres in the country, recording the highest number of new infections at 148,141 cases and a positive rate of 8.79 per cent in the 23rd epidemiological week from June 6 to 12. A positive rate above the World Health Organization’s 5 per cent benchmark indicates more undetected infections.