KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 — Some 1.5 million people aged 60 years and above have received Covid-19 vaccine boosters as of January 3, comprising less than half, or 43 per cent, of 3.5 million senior citizens in Malaysia.
The remaining two million elderly individuals need to get boosted by February to retain their fully vaccinated status on MySejahtera.
Of the 6.6 million coronavirus booster vaccine doses administered nationwide as of Monday, 20.3 per cent were given to individuals in their 30s, making them the largest age group of booster recipients.
Young adults aged 18 to 39 comprised 39 per cent of boosted individuals, a larger proportion than older individuals aged 60 years and above at 23 per cent.
There were also 1,535 additional Covid-19 vaccine doses administered to adolescents aged 12 to 17, comprising 0.02 per cent of booster shots given. However, these extra shots for teenagers were given as third doses for immunocompromised individuals.
At the moment, Covid-19 booster vaccinations are only approved for adults aged 18 and above.
When sorted according to ethnicity, Malays comprised the majority of Covid-19 booster doses delivered at 40.5 per cent, followed by ethnic Chinese (32.2 per cent), and Indians (5.2 per cent).
The percentages are relatively balanced when viewed by gender, as males and females both have around 48 per cent of Covid-19 booster doses received, with the remaining 4 per cent being missing data.