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A staggering 91% of Malaysians who are eligible for the second Covid-19 booster shot have yet to take it as of 18 July, The Star reported.
According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, 2,519,761 individuals – aged 60 and below and have completed their first booster shot four months ago or longer – are eligible for the second booster.
“The number of individuals who haven’t received their second booster shot stands at 2,291,913 individuals or 91% of those who are eligible,” Khairy was quoted as saying.
He said this in Dewan Rakyat, yesterday.
Khairy also said that there are still 6,842,911 individuals or 29.7% of those who are eligible, yet to take their first booster shot despite completing their vaccination for more than three months.
In a related matter, the Rembau MP said that second booster shots are now available for individuals aged 50 to 59 who have no underlying health conditions.
This, according to Khairy, is part of recommendations by the Health Ministry’s technical working committee, adding that individuals aged 60 and above, with or without comorbidities, may opt for a second booster after getting medical advice.
Meanwhile, there were 3,902 new Covid 19 infections in the last 24 hours, with eight fatalities recorded in Malaysia.
3,898 of those cases involved local transmissions and four were imported.