KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Malaysia has fully vaccinated 84 per cent or 959,917 university students against Covid-19, as of October 17.
In a written reply in Parliament yesterday, Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad said the ministry aims to fully vaccinate all 1.15 million university students before November 30 to ensure that they meet vaccination requirements to return to campus in stages.
Noraini said 92 per cent or 120,187 university staff members have also received complete vaccine doses as of October 17. She was responding to Dr Ahmad Azam Hamzah, who asked if there was a vaccination threshold value for institutions of higher education to fully reopen.
The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) previously announced that physical classes at universities and colleges will resume on October 15.
The reopening of institutions of higher learning in Malaysia will involve students and staff who are fully vaccinated, and applies to all tertiary education institutions in all states, irrespective of the National Recovery Plan the states are in.
Noraini said MOHE and the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) is ramping up efforts to vaccinate all university and college staff members through the VACC2CAMPUS programme.
The programme involves academic and non-academic staff members, as well as external workers who provide services on campuses such as laundry, banking, and food.
The MOH also allows university students and staff members to get their Covid-19 vaccine jabs from a walk-in vaccination centre (PPV) without an appointment.