PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is urging more Malaysians to sign up to be inoculated to achieve the target of at least 26 million of the population vaccinated against Covid-19 by the year end to achieve herd immunity.
Only 13.8 million people had registered to be vaccinated so far, he said, calling on those who had yet to register to do so immediately via the MySejahtera application.
“So far, over 4.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been given. Of that number, 3.2 million people received the first dose and 1.4 million fully received two doses, ” he said during his special address to the nation yesterday to present the National Recovery Plan.
He also said that with 16 million doses slated to be delivered by the end of July, more people would get vaccination appointments and have the chance to get their first dose.
He described the increase in supplies and the acceleration of the vaccination drive as “a ray of light at the end of a dark tunnel”.
“During the initial days of the national vaccination programme, the daily rates were between 5, 000 and 8, 000 doses. This increased to 50, 000 to 80, 000 doses in May.
“On Monday, the daily vaccination rate reached 197, 963 doses. I am confident that this effort will continue and increase to over 300, 000 doses a day in the coming months, ” Muhyiddin said.
He also said the country was losing RM1bil a day throughout the implementation of the movement control order (MCO), adding that it was unsustainable for the country to continue on that trajectory.
For the health and livelihoods of all, overcoming the Covid-19 crisis was essential, he said.
Muhyiddin also noted that he previously announced an economic stimulus and financial assistance package, Permerkasa Plus, valued at RM40bil with a fiscal injection of RM5bil.
“I hope that the assistance from the government will be able to ease the burden of the affected individuals and businesses, ” he said.