While Malaysia hopes to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 by February 2022, there remains hesitancy to receiving the vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
In the last few months, there has been a rise in those registering for the vaccine, with recent figures at the time of writing indicating that approximately one-third of the population have done so.
However, revised estimates have indicated that herd immunity will only be achieved when 70-85% of the population are fully vaccinated.
Malaysia is aiming for 80% of its population to receive the vaccine.
Therefore, despite the recent increase in vaccine registration, Malaysia remains a long way from its target.
This is alarming given the recent spike in the numbers of new Covid-19 cases and deaths worldwide.
One only needs to look at the devastating and horrific situation in India and Brazil to be reminded of the dangers of this disease.