KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — The government has achieved its target of fully vaccinating 40 per cent of the adult population against Covid-19 in each state by August 31.
Sabah, with the poorest vaccine coverage, managed to completely inoculate 1 per cent of its adult residents yesterday to achieve 40 per cent after reaching 39 per cent on August 30.
The other two bottom-ranking states — Kedah and Kelantan — hit their 40 per cent targets a week earlier before Sabah on August 25, while other states fully inoculated more than 40 per cent of their adult population before then.
As of yesterday, nearly two-thirds of Malaysia’s adult population, at about 64 per cent, have been fully vaccinated, while about 84 per cent have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
About 60 per cent of the country’s total population has received at least one dose, including about 46 per cent fully inoculated.
Five states, territories or regions — Labuan (94 per cent), the Klang Valley (92 per cent), Sarawak (87 per cent), Negeri Sembilan (78 per cent), and Perlis (66 per cent) — currently exceed the national average of 64 per cent of the adult population being fully inoculated.
The impact of vaccination is most pronounced in Labuan, the Klang Valley, and Negeri Sembilan, which have all seen declining infections, deaths, and hospitalisations in the past few weeks. However, in the past week, Covid-19 deaths began rising in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, even though infections have been dropping.
However, Covid-19 cases are surging in Sarawak and Perlis, though their coronavirus mortality trends have not risen as quickly, possibly due to a lag between infection and death.
Hospitalisations in both states have been increasing. As of August 30, Covid-19 intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in Sarawak and Perlis reached 59 per cent and 91 per cent respectively.