Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced yesterday, 13 June, that he believes Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by August this year
He said that both cities are expected to achieve the milestone much earlier than other parts of the country, reported Berita Harian.
Muhyiddin added that the expectation was based on the opening of more vaccination centres (PPV) and mobile vaccination programmes in both areas, reported Bernama.
This will allow more people in the federal territory areas to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
He made the announcement in front of reporters following a visit to the mobile vaccination centre (PPV) at the Sri Johor People's Housing Project (PPR) in Bandar Tun Razak yesterday.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that Malaysia has vaccinated more than 13% of its population with at least one dose of the vaccine as of 11 June
This means that a total of 4,227,554 doses of the vaccine have been received by the country's 32 million citizens, reported The Straits Times on Sunday.
He added that more than half of the Malaysian adult population have registered for the immunisation programme.
In an update on Twitter today, 14 June, he said that 1,357,966 individuals have completed the two-dose vaccination under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) as of yesterday.
A total of 3,132,304 people have received the first dose of the vaccine so far.
Selangor has recorded 170,855 people who completed two doses, the highest number of individuals in a Malaysian state to do so.
Sarawak has managed to vaccinate 149,227 people, followed by Kuala Lumpur at 122,810 out of its 1.8 million population.
It was reported that Putrajaya has managed to vaccinate 16,798 out of its 92,000 citizens with two doses of the vaccine.
To achieve herd immunity in Kuala Lumpur, the daily capacity of COVID-19 vaccine administration in the capital city will be increased by about 200% beginning this week
According to Berita Harian, 30,000 to 33,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to be administered instead of the current 7,000 to 10,000 doses in the current daily quota.
Federal Territories Miniter Tan Sri Annuar Musa stated that this comes after the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) agreed to expedite vaccination in Kuala Lumpur.
The acceleration in the vaccine administration process aims to control and manage the increasing number of daily cases in the city.
He is confident that the daily vaccination rate will start achieving 30,000 doses a day by Wednesday, 16 June.
Annuar predicted that 80% of the Kuala Lumpur territory population will receive the COVID-19 vaccine by 31 August, which is also National Day.
His statement coincided with what the Prime Minister had said yesterday.
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