Covid-19 Watch: 246,869 children in Malaysia given first vaccine dose

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 246,869 children aged between five and 11, or seven per cent of the group in Malaysia, have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of Tuesday (Feb 15) under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids).

Based on information from the CovidNow online portal, a total of 13,486,823 individuals or 57.3% of the adult population in the country have received their booster dose as of Tuesday.

A total of 22,939,377 individuals or 97.5% have completed their vaccination while 98.7% or 23,216,096 individuals have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

As for adolescents aged 12 to 17, a total of 2,796,605 individuals or 89.9% have completed their vaccination while 2,877,213 individuals or 92.5% have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

On Tuesday, a total of 154,776 vaccine doses were dispensed, with 42,374 as the first dose including 39,749 for children aged between five and 11 while 1,657 the second dose and 110,745 as booster dose, bringing the cumulative total of vaccine doses administered under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to 65,356,763.

Meanwhile, according to the Health Ministry’s Github portal, 31 Covid-19 deaths were reported yesterday, with Sabah recording eight cases, Selangor (seven cases), Johor (six cases), Penang (five cases), Kedah (two cases) while one case each in Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu. – Bernama