Malaysia has one of the fastest adolescent Covid-19 vaccination rates in the world.
In less than two months, 80 per cent of teens aged between 12 and 17 have received at least one dose of the Prizer vaccine, said health minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.
Up to 43.4 per cent of those in the age group (1,368,216) adolescents have already been fully vaccinated.
We now only have 19.8 per cent which is 623,244 teens which are yet to be vaccinated.
The Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) for adolescents officially kicked off on Sept 20, targeting the involvement of 3.2 million teenagers aged 12 to 17.
Overall, it is projected that the country will achieve an 80 per cent vaccination rate of its total population by Dec 16.
Khairy also said that those who were earlier vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine more than three months ago will be notified to receive their booster dose.
They will be given heterologous booster shots of Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine in stages from Oct 22.
The administration of the booster shots will be done by private doctors under the coordination of MoH’s unit ProtectHealth Corp Sdn Bhd.