Covid-19 vaccination: Over 36% of children in Malaysia given first jab as of March 25

A total of 33,034 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were administered on Friday (March 25). (Photo by Mohd Suhaimi Mohamed Yusuf/The Edge)

KUALA LUMPUR (March 26): A total of 1,293,762 children aged five to 11 or 36.4% of the child population in Malaysia had received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) as of Friday (March 25).

Based on the COVIDNOW website, for adolescents aged 12 to 17, a total of 2,847,758 individuals or 91.5% of the group had been fully vaccinated, while 2,944,865 or 94.6% had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

A total of 15,595,578 individuals or 66.3% of the adult population in the country had received a booster dose, and 22,947,925 or 97.5% had been fully vaccinated, while 23,224,065 or 98.7% had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

On Friday, a total of 33,034 doses of the vaccine were administered, with 12,567 as first shots, 1,297 as second jabs and 19,170 booster doses, bringing the cumulative number of vaccine doses dispensed under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to 68,642,700.

Meanwhile, according to the Health Ministry’s GitHub portal, 52 deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded on Friday, with Selangor recording the highest number at 11 fatalities, followed by Johor and Kedah (eight each) as well as ¬†Pahang and Perak (six each).

Penang recorded four deaths, followed by Kelantan and Sabah (two each) while Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perlis, Sarawak and Terengganu logged on fatality each.

Source: https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-vaccination-over-36-children-malaysia-given-first-jab-march-25

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