By S. Harrish
SARAWAK, Selangor, Labuan, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur will be the first five areas to reach mass vaccination coverage.
Vaccination coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said 80% of the population in these areas will be fully vaccinated by the end of August, exceeding the national recovery target of vaccinating 40% of the population.
“We are targeting the big states first. If we can get our capacity up to get more doses done by August or September, then we will mop up the rest by the end of September or October onwards,” he said during The Oxford and Cambridge Society Malaysia’s “The Path to Herd Immunity” public dialogue conducted online yesterday.
According to the medical news website CodeBlue, Khairy said Johor and Penang will be up next, and are set to have 80% of their total population vaccinated by October, followed by Kelantan in November.
He added that vaccination efforts will continue in the remaining eight states until the end of the year.
He also said the government was targeting to administer 52 million vaccine doses to 26 million people by the end of this year, accounting for 80% of Malaysia’s population.