EVEN before the Olympics began in Tokyo on Friday, Malaysia won big time on the global stage: our vaccination rate was among the fastest in the world.
We hit over 450,000 doses a day, outperforming many Western countries. In just the last three days, from Thursday to Saturday, some 1.4 million doses were doled out.
On Thursday, Malaysia issued 507,050 jabs – the highest number recorded in a day.
This is what Malaysia Boleh truly means.
Some 16.5 million people have been vaccinated as of Friday, with 5.3 million completing their two doses.
The vaccination drive got off to a slow start initially, but things ramped up dramatically this month with the arrival of the large amounts of vaccines that the country had bought.
While vaccination might not be the silver bullet offering complete immunity we initially hoped for, being inoculated means you will have some protection against getting a severe form of Covid-19 that would require ICU treatment or that could even kill you.
We need to get at least 26 million people, or 80% of the country’s 32 million people, vaccinated.
The more people who are vaccinated, the higher the chances of bringing down the number of daily Covid-19 cases.
The next three months will be crucial for Malaysia’s vaccination campaign as the government has targeted all eligible adults to be vaccinated by October.
With the daily vaccination rates having already surpassed the earlier target, the government must continue to ensure these efforts do not slow down.
Currently, there are 765 vaccination centres nationwide.
The government should continue to work with local conglomerates and businesses to use their facilities as vaccination centres, so that people won’t have to travel far to get jabbed and making it easier for older folk who need to walk in for their vaccines.
The government must also anticipate any possible hiccups and supply bottlenecks in the coming months and must be ready with solutions to keep the momentum going.
The successful rollout of the country’s Covid-19 immunisation programme will be a critical factor in determining Malaysia’s road to economic recovery, and we cannot lose sight of this.
Of course, Malaysians must also play their part.
While we need to get 26 million people vaccinated, only 19.3 million have registered with the MySejahtera app to date.
With vaccinations appearing to be the only real option to beat the Covid-19 virus, Malaysians must be more responsible and show their commitment to the vaccination programme.
Register yourself, and keep your appointment once you get a date, to ensure the success of the National Recovery Plan.