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Six Million Individuals Registered as COVID-19 Vaccine Receivers

More than six million individuals have registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccination through the MySejahtera app.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) via sharing of latest data in Twitter, informed that as of yesterday (March 20), 6,020,358 individuals have registered themselves as vaccine receivers.

It covers 24.8 percent of more than 24.3 million Malaysian residents aged 18 and above, which are targeted through the implementation of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.

The total amount was obtained in the duration of 25 days, after registration through MySejahtera was opened to the public since February 23, with average registrations of over 240,000 daily.

The highest number of registrations by total population is Putrajaya, with 73.8 percent (equivalent to 41,989) of overall residents aged 18 and above living in the federal territory registered.

Perak places 10th with 21.7 percent (equivalent to 419,451 people).

The immunisation programme aims to vaccinate around 80 percent of the country’s population aged 18 and above by the first quarter of next year to achieve herd immunity against the deadly virus.

Malaysia is currently at the first phase of the programme, targeting vaccination of some 500,000 frontliners between February and April this year.

The second phase of the vaccination which is to involve Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines is scheduled to commence in April till August for around 9.4 million Malaysians comprising senior citizens aged 60 and above and high-risk groups.

The third phase is scheduled to start in May till next February, targeting roughly 13.7 million Malaysian residents aged 18 and above, whether they’re locals or foreigners.

 

Rosli Mansor

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