6.1 million people fully inoculated against Covid-19 as of July 28 as average daily vaccination rate above 300,000 doses for past 20 days

Vaccination of foreign workers at the KLCC vaccination centre yesterday (July 28). (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

Vaccination of foreign workers at the KLCC vaccination centre yesterday (July 28). (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (July 29): A total of 6.105 million people or 18.7% of Malaysia's population had received their two-dose vaccination, meaning they were fully inoculated, as of yesterday (July 28). 

A total of 12.841 million people or 39.3% of the population had received at least their first dose, according to the latest updates on Twitter by the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV), citing data from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

Malaysia has been ramping up its vaccination rate sharply, with an eye on achieving around half a million daily vaccinations in order to meet the government’s accelerated target of immunising the country’s entire population against Covid-19 by October.

From July 1 to 28, a total of 10.74 million Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered, compared with just 8.03 million in the period of February to June.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered nationwide was 18.946 million as of yesterday — from just 10.036 million as of July 7. This came after 552,701 more jabs were recorded yesterday.

The seven-day moving average of daily Covid-19 vaccine doses administered also rose to 487,809 from 472,573 previously — the seventh consecutive day of the figure staying above the 400,000 mark.

Follow our Covid-19 vaccination tracker to see where we are in the race to herd immunity.

239,874 vaccine doses administered in Klang Valley on July 28

As for daily vaccine doses, a total of 239,874 jabs were administered in the Klang Valley yesterday, higher than 238,518 shots the day before. This brought the cumulative number of doses administered in the Klang Valley up 172% to 7.18 million from 2.65 million as of July 1.

This means 85.5% of the adult population in the Klang Valley had received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday.

As for second doses, 31.1% of the adult residents in the Klang Valley — comprising Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya — had been fully vaccinated.

Under Operation Surge Capacity, which was introduced to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Klang Valley, each adult in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor is ensured to receive at least one dose of the vaccine by Aug 1.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s new Covid-19 cases jumped to an all-time high of 17,405 yesterday, from 16,117 the day before, while the Ministry of Health (MoH) urged Malaysians to stay calm as it warned that new cases in the Klang Valley — where the bulk of new infections were found — are set to climb higher in the next few days due to higher self-testing and use of antigen testing kits.

The latest infections were detected from the testing of 153,728 individuals, indicating a positivity rate of 11.32%.

The Klang Valley contributed 10,119 or 58.1% of the new cases. Selangor led with 7,171 infections, followed by Kuala Lumpur (2,880), Kedah (1,112) and Sabah (913). Putrajaya reported 68 new cases.

The country’s total confirmed Covid-19 infections stood at 1.06 million yesterday.

Lam Jian Wyn