KUALA LUMPUR: More than six million Malaysians have registered for the Covid-19 vaccine via the MySejahtera mobile application as of yesterday (March 20).
Health director-general Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a Facebook post today, shared that a total of 6,084,588 Malaysians have registered for the country’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).
Selangor logged the highest number of registrations at 1,752,233, followed by Johor (775,342), Kuala Lumpur (541,489), Sarawak (475,768), Penang (439,427), and Perak (424,758).
Additionally, Kedah recorded 309,921 registrations as of March 20, followed by Sabah (274,438), Negri Sembilan (247,803), Pahang (236,414), Melaka (191,823), Kelantan (161,627), Terengganu (152,322), Putrajaya (42,291), Perlis (38,425), and Labuan (20,507).
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham noted that over 400,000 people, the majority of whom are frontliners, have received the Covid-19 vaccine as of yesterday (March 20) in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).
He said a total of 413,255 doses of vaccines have been distributed – 402,650 of them being the first dose and 10,605 the second dose.
According to the vaccine distribution data in each state shared by Dr Noor Hisham on Facebook, Selangor recorded the highest first dose distribution at 52,971, followed by Perak (48,136), Sabah (40,134), Kuala Lumpur (35,751) and Sarawak (33,788).
Besides that, Pahang had distributed 30,320 first doses, Johor (29,238), Kedah (26,265), Penang (26,879), Kelantan (18,977), Negri Sembilan (17,279), Terengganu (15,726), Melaka (10,716), Perlis (9,526) , Putrajaya (4,601) and Labuan (2,343).
Meanwhile, he said only Negri Sembilan has not started distributing the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, whereas 15 other states have started distributing them – ranging from one to 4,848 doses as of yesterday.
Sarawak registered the highest number with 4,848 second doses of the vaccine distributed as of March 20, followed by Pahang (2,549), Perak (713), Kuala Lumpur (565), Selangor (369), Penang (328), Melaka (187), Perlis (156) and Labuan (127).
Additionally, Putrajaya had distributed 85 second doses of the vaccine, followed by Johor (74), Kedah (six), Terengganu (six), and Kelantan (one).
The NIP began on Feb 24 where Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin became the first individual in the country to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, followed by a second dose on Wednesday.
Malaysia is currently in the first phase of the NIP, which aims to vaccinate about 500,000 frontline workers by April.
Phase 2 of the immunisation, which will involve Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines, is scheduled from April to August, for about 9.4 million senior citizens aged 60 and above and high-risk groups.
Phase 3 is scheduled to begin from May this year until February 2022 aimed at vaccinating about 13.7 million people aged 18 and above, both citizens and non-citizens. Nst