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Only 1.4 pct eligible M’sians have gotten second Covid booster shot

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A total of 442,007 eligible individuals across the nation had received the second booster dose as of yesterday. — AFP photo

KUCHING (Aug 22): Less than half a million or 1.4 per cent of Malaysia’s eligible population has been administered the second booster dose against Covid-19.

According to the Ministry of Health’s CovidNow website, 442,007 eligible individuals across the nation had received the second booster dose, as of yesterday.

A total of 1,313 second booster vaccine doses were given to eligible persons nationwide yesterday.

The country’s vaccination rate for the first booster dose remained under 50 per cent.

According to the website, 49.6 per cent or 16,208,909 individuals throughout Malaysia have received the first booster dose, as of yesterday.

Only 409 first booster jabs were administered yesterday.

As a whole, 84.2 per cent or 27,486,363 individuals in Malaysia have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Yesterday, 1,311 individuals were administered the second vaccine dose.

In Sarawak, 1.3 per cent or 37,556 eligible individuals have been administered the second booster dose, as of yesterday.

The state’s vaccination rate for the first booster dose was above the national rate, at 55.9 per cent, which translated into 1,580,220 individuals having received the first vaccine booster.

Yesterday, 85 individuals in Sarawak received the second booster shot, and only seven others were given the first booster dose.

The website said 85.9 per cent or 2,426,094 individuals in the state have been fully immunised.

Yesterday, a total of 590 individuals were given the second vaccine jab.

Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded 62 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 311,834.

There were still 1,035 active cases in Sarawak as of yesterday.

Nationally, a total of 2,464 new infections were recorded.

This brought the country’s cumulative number of cases to 4,755,752, with 38,918 cases still active.

The CovidNow website also showed the intensive care unit (ICU) bed usage rate for Covid-19 patients in Sarawak was 47.9 per cent.

This was well below the national rate of 60.8 per cent.

Other states and territories that recorded ICU bed utilisation rates below the national rate were Putrajaya (60 per cent), Negeri Sembilan (55.1 per cent), Melaka (50 per cent), Penang (49.2 per cent), Terengganu (47.6 per cent), Pahang (45.8 per cent), Labuan (42.9 per cent), and Perlis (36.8 per cent).