The government is optimistic to achieve its target of fully vaccinating 50% of individuals aged 18 and above by Aug 31, says National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said this was in view of the high vaccination rate at the moment, adding that 29% of the adult population had completed both doses of the vaccine so far.
"Also, 59% of the population have received one dose (of the vaccine).
The increase in Covid-19 cases between May 31 and July 25 has led to a sharp drop in blood collection nationwide, especially in the Klang Valley, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
He said among the factors for the shortage were concerns by the public and donors on safety issues during the blood donation process as well as cancellations of blood donation programmes.
"This declining trend is extremely worrying and can affect patient treatment capacity," he said in a statement today.
Dr Noor Hisham said the Health Ministry (MoH), the National Blood Centre (PDN) and blood banks have always prioritised the safety of blood donors, blood donation campaign organisers and staff to ensure a safe blood donation process.
Some 85,000 teachers in schools nationwide, are expected to receive at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine before the school session begins this September, says Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (pic).
The Health Minister said the Education Ministry (MOE) has given the full list of names to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to ensure that the teaching fraternity are vaccinated before schools reopen.
Dr Adham said apart from teachers, the implementation team and support service staff including the canteen operators, school bus and van drivers as well as security guards would also be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity.
Malaysia recorded 17,150 new Covid-19 positive cases as of 12pm today, raising the cumulative tally to 1,130,422 since the pandemic hit last year.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor contributed the highest number of infections with 6,326.
This was followed by Kuala Lumpur with 2,086, Kedah with 1,511, Johor with 1,045 and Sabah with 1,002.
Walk-in vaccinations for Malaysian and non-Malaysians will begin in August, says the Special Committee on Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).
Walk-in vaccinations for Malaysian citizens aged 40 years old and above, or those with comorbidities will take place between Monday and Wednesday (Aug 2 to 4).
From Thursday (Aug 5) to Aug 22, walk-in vaccinations are open to Malaysian citizens aged 18 years and above.
Non-Malaysians aged 40 and above and non-Malaysians with comorbidities can opt for walk-in vaccination from Aug 9 to 11.
More than 30% of the Covid-19 deaths recorded over the past 24 hours were from Selangor, says Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
A total of 165 people succumbed to Covid-19 on Saturday (July 31), bringing the country's death toll to 9,024.
Selangor recorded the highest number of deaths at 52, followed by Johor (30), Negri Sembilan (23) and Kedah (18).
Dr Noor Hisham said that of the record 17,786 daily cases reported on Saturday (July 31), a total of 260 cases (1.5%) were from Categories 3, 4 and 5, while the remaining 17,526 cases (98.5%) were from Categories 1 and 2.
Walk-in vaccination will be launched at selected vaccination centres in the Klang Valley on Monday (Aug 2), said National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
Khairy, who is Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said the walk-in vaccination would kick off after the Operation Surge Capacity vaccination programme in the Klang Valley ends tomorrow.
"The walk-in vaccination will be opened according to category on Aug 2, starting with those aged above 40 and the group with comorbidities.
Around 500 Chinese nationals received their Covid-19 vaccinations at the Palace of the Golden Horses on Saturday (July 31), says Khairy Jamaluddin.
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) coordinating minister said that there are around 26,000 to 30,000 Chinese nationals living in Malaysia and that all will be inoculated at vaccination centres (PPVs) throughout the country.
“They will be vaccinated hopefully by next week,” he said at a press conference on Saturday (July 31) after visiting the Palace of the Golden Horses hotel in Serdang, where the special vaccination programme for the Chinese nationals is being held.
Malaysia logged a record number of 17,786 fresh Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the new cases raised the cumulative total of Covid-19 infections in the country to 1,113,272.
This is the fifth consecutive day cases have remained above 16,000.
Malaysia has received a million doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and over 4.5 million units of medical supplies of various types from Saudi Arabia worth almost RM21.14mil (USD$5mil), says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
"On behalf of Malaysia, I extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for ensuring that the contribution arrived only days after His Majesty King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud decreed that the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Action (KSRelief) provide urgent assistance to aid our country in facing challenges posed by the pandemic, including medical supplies," said Hishammuddin.
Malaysia recorded 16,840 new cases of Covid-19, the Health Ministry confirmed on Friday (June 30).
The country has now has a cumulative total of 1,095,486 infections to date.
Selangor remains the state with the highest number of cases with 6,092 infections.
Another 174 more people in Malaysia have died to Covid-19, says the Health Ministry.
In his daily Covid-19 statement on Thursday (July 29), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said 8,725 in the country have died since the pandemic began.
“Of the 174 deaths, 157 were Malaysians and 17 were foreign nationals,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
Selangor had the most number of fatalities with 70 cases reported in the state, followed by Kuala Lumpur with 20 deaths.