Health Ministry: 62.5pc of teens nationwide already vaccinated against Covid-19

A student receives his Covid-19 jab at SMA Izzuddin Shah in Ipoh October 5, 2021. — Picture by Farhan Najib
A student receives his Covid-19 jab at SMA Izzuddin Shah in Ipoh October 5, 2021. — Picture by Farhan Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — Malaysia has vaccinated 62.5 per cent of its adolescent population against Covid-19 as of yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said today.

“As of yesterday, 1.9 million teenagers aged between 12 to 17 received their first dose which is 62.5 per cent, exceeding our 60 per cent target by November,” said deputy health minister Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.

The teenage vaccination drive began on September 20.

According to Dr Azmi 343,000 (90.9 per cent) of 16-year-olds as well as 344,000 (92.8 per cent) of students who are sitting for their exams including Form 6 students have gotten their first dose as well.

The government has allowed walk-ins for Covid-19 vaccines for teenagers since September 23 and are hoping to hit 80 per cent completion for the second doses by year’s end.  

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