‘Herd immunity will take time’
PETALING JAYA: With the Health Ministry targeting to vaccinate 126,000 individuals a day, a health expert says the country is estimated to achieve herd immunity by the end of October at the earliest if everything goes smoothly.
However, realistically it will take at least a year, said Universiti Putra Malaysia medical epidemiologist and biostatistician Assoc Prof Dr Malina Osman.
“Logistical issues, human resource capacity and important public holidays, as well as society’s response to the vaccination programme are key factors that have to be taken into consideration.
“Therefore, I would say 80% coverage could be achieved by March or April next year, ” she said.