Annuar Musa Disputes ‘101%’ KL Covid-19 Vaccination Rate

The FT minister estimates that 80% of KL adults have received their first dose as of July 10, as about 20% of people who got vaccinated in KL live outside the city.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa has disputed official statistics claiming 101.6 per cent Covid-19 vaccination with the first dose among Kuala Lumpur adults.

The Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) tweeted that as of July 10, more than the entire adult population of the capital city have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose at 101.6 per cent. This figure rose to 103.7 per cent as of yesterday. 

“However, because there are also non-KL residents who received their shots in KL, the data must be updated as about 20 per cent may be living outside KL,” Annuar tweeted yesterday, in response to the JKJAV’s July 10 statistics.

“In any case, an estimated 80 per cent of residents in the capital city have received their first dose.”

Vaccine Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said last week that vaccination data on Kuala Lumpur was based on shots administered in the capital city’s vaccination sites that could involve non-Kuala Lumpur residents getting inoculated there. The data would be updated soon, he said.

As of July 11, Kuala Lumpur had the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in the country at the purported 103.7 per cent of adults who received at least one dose, including 26.6 per cent fully vaccinated.

Based on JKJAV statistics, about 31.5 per cent of Selangor’s adult population have been vaccinated with at least one dose, including 10.5 per cent fully inoculated. 

Kuala Lumpur had the fifth highest rate of adults fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at 26.6 per cent, behind Putrajaya (47.7 per cent), Labuan (41.4 per cent), and Perlis (30.4) per cent, while Selangor, the country’s most industrialised state, came in last at 10.5 per cent.

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