PM: Malaysia to start Covid-19 vaccine booster shots soon

PUTRAJAYA, 19 Sept 2021:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today announced Malaysia will start rolling out Covid-19 vaccine booster shots soon.

In a statement, he said priority would be given to high-risk individuals once at least 80% of the nation’s adult population had been fully vaccinated. These include:

  • health frontliners,
  • those who are immunocompromised
  • seniors with comorbidities,
  • residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

As of yesterday, 18,295,012 (78.2%) of Malaysia’s adult population had been fully vaccinated and the Health Ministry’s CovidNow website projected the 80% threshold would be achieved this Tuesday Sept 21, when 18,727,680 adults are fully vaccinated.

Details of the Covid-19 vaccine booster shots would be announced by health Ministry Khairy Jamaluddin.

Meanwhile, RM471.6 million has been allocated as aid for the lower 40% income group (B40). This aid will be distributed first to B40 families – including childless married couples and single parents, amounting to 3.6 million people. This aid will be later extended to the remaining 8.4 million Malaysians who qualify.

This aid includes a kit with:

  • face masks (4 per family)’
  • Covid-19 self-test kit (4 per family),
  • a thermometer and advisory pamphlet.