350,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines arrive

The shipment of Sinovac vaccine arriving at KIA.

KUCHING: A total of 350,000 doses of Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine arrived at Kuching International Airport on Friday (June 18) morning.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the vaccine supply came under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) in the state.

This followed a similar vaccine shipment to Miri from Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (June 17) for allocation to Miri and Bintulu.

“Sarawak although started small (in the vaccine rollout) but was able to scale up fast in the last one week with the availability of vaccines. 

“Thank you to NCIP Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and the Health Ministry for the vaccine delivery.

“Sarawak is keeping its promise with the increase in vaccination rate where new records in vaccination numbers are being set every day,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday.

Dr Sim said the scaling up of the vaccine rollout is possible due to the tireless efforts of the medical frontliners who have worked overtime.

“I sincerely appeal to everyone to understand and be kind, compassionate to the frontliners with words of encouragement and inspiration,” he said.

He also thanked Sarawakians for their cooperation by coming forward to be vaccinated. At the same time, he also reminded them to continue to practise the standard operating procedures (SOPs) after vaccination.

He said other countries have only been able to relax its SOP restrictions after 70 percent of their population are vaccinated.

“At this rate with everyone playing their role and doing their part, we shall and we will achieve (herd immunity) by August,” he said.