CovidNow: Sarawak continues to lead child vaccination, still lagging national rate for other age groups | Malaysia

A medical worker prepares a dose of Covid-19 vaccine. — Photo by Chimon Upon via Borneo Post

KUCHING, March 12 — Sarawak’s Covid-19 vaccination rate for children aged 5-11 rose slightly to 61.7% yesterday.

According to the Department of Health’s CovidNow website, the state’s vaccination rate for this age group was well above the national rate at 31.5%.

A total of 5,475 doses of the vaccine were administered to people across Sarawak yesterday.

Of these, 3,376 were first doses while 254 and 1,845 were second doses and booster shots, respectively.

For adolescents aged 12 to 17, Sarawak’s vaccination rate was 90.6%, slightly lower than the national rate of 91.1%.

Perlis had the highest vaccination rate at 105.2% for this age group while Sabah recorded the lowest rate at 74.1%.

Sarawak saw 90.9% of its adult population inoculated, but this rate fell below the national rate at 97.5%.

Klang Valley recorded the highest vaccination rate at 118% while Sabah was placed at the bottom of the table at 76.8%.

In terms of total population, Sarawak recorded a vaccination rate of 75.8%, which is lower than the national rate of 78.9%.

Klang Valley tops the rankings with 94.9% and bottom Kelantan with 61.3%.

As of yesterday, more than 6.03 million doses of the vaccine had been administered to people across Sarawak.

Of the total, over 2.36 million were first doses, followed by over 2.14 million second doses and over 1.53 million boosters.

Separately, intensive care unit (ICU) beds used for Covid-19 patients in Sarawak stood at 45.8% yesterday.

This was the fourth lowest rate in the country and well below the national rate of 58.2%.

Johor recorded the highest intensive care bed utilization rate at 78.1%, while Labuan had the lowest rate at just 16.7%.

Sarawak yesterday reported 1,745 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections to 275,850.

The death toll in the state yesterday stood at 1,638, with 345 reported deaths (BID). ― Borneo Post