Khairy: Almost nine million Covid-19 vaccine booster shots administered

Khairy Jamaluddin (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

Khairy Jamaluddin (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 14): Almost nine million Covid-19 vaccine booster shots had been administered in the country as at 11.59pm on Wednesday, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

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He expects the number to surpass 10 million next week as the government is gearing up its effort to encourage more people to take the booster vaccine.

"As a result of our accelerated booster programme plus with the standard operation procedures, hospital capacity remains under control despite the surge of imported Omicron cases," he said in his latest tweet.

Citing Sarawak as an example, Khairy said the state recorded daily cases exceeding 3,000 before it started its booster programme in October.

"We are now down to double-digit cases, with every indicator falling by more than 90% since September. Get boosted," he added.

Last week Khairy said four mega Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) in the Klang Valley would begin to operate on Saturday to offer booster shots in a bid to increase the take-up rate for the third dose.

The four PPVs would be the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur, Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil, Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) Shah Alam, and Soka Gakkal, Klang.