31 percent of Tuesday’s Covid-19 patients below 18 years

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Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: There is a pressing need to ensure those below 18 years old are protected through the Covid-19 vaccination.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor, Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said based on the 836 Covid-19 cases recorded on Tuesday, 31 percent of the cases involved the group.

“We should not wait for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme’s (NCIP) policy (to vaccinate the group).

“We have asked the Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Group (Scovag) to evaluate on this group for them to be vaccinated,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said currently, 29 percent of Sarawak’s population were younger than 18 years old, pointing out that no one was too young or too old to be infected by Covid-19.

At the same time, he said the public should be on high alert because Tuesday’s Covid-19 cases were the second highest daily tally in the state.

Dr Sim added 13.6 percent of the cases were patients aged above 18 who had not been vaccinated while 13.8 percent were inoculated with the first vaccine dose.

“A total of 346 or 41.4 percent of those infected had received their second dose but we need to analyse further how many were infected 14 days after they were fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, he said 77 percent of the cases were from the Kuching, Samarahan and Serian areas which were densely populated with high mobility and networking.

Dr Sim said there were fewer severe infections with the vaccination of greater Kuching before the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant.

“But we still need to be on high alert as the sheer number of people infected can pose a challenge to our hospital systems,” he said.

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