Covid-19 vaccination: Over 31% of children in Malaysia given first jab as of March 11

Covid-19 vaccination: Over 31% of children in Malaysia given first jab as of March 11

KUALA LUMPUR (March 12): A total of 1,119,954 children aged between five and 11 years, or 31.5% of their population in the country, had received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) as of Friday (March 11).

Based on the COVIDNOW website, 15,238,078 individuals or 64.8% of the adult population in the country had received the Covid-19 booster dose, and 22,933,696 or 97.5% of the group had completed their vaccination, while 23,210,290 or 98.7% had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

As for adolescents aged 12 to 17, a total of 2,835,698 individuals or 91.1% of the age group had completed their vaccination, while 2,935,797 or 94.3% had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

On Friday, a total of 58,326 doses of the vaccine were administered, comprising 23,938 first jabs, 1,678 second shots and 32,710 booster doses, bringing the cumulative total vaccine doses dispensed under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to 68,064,755.

Meanwhile, according to the Health Ministry’s GitHub portal, 76 deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded on Friday, with Kedah recording the highest number of fatalities at 15, followed by Selangor (14), Perak (10), Johor (eight), while Negeri Sembilan and Sabah both recorded five each.

Kuala Lumpur logged four deaths, Perlis and Penang reported three fatalities each, while Kelantan, Melaka, Pahang and Sarawak recorded two each, and Terengganu one.

Source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-vaccination-over-31-children-malaysia-given-first-jab-march-11

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