KUCHING: The Health Department is expecting to inoculate about 5,000 of its staff by March 1, says its Family Health Development branch head Dr Radziah Mohamad.
“From this morning at Klinik Kesihatan Petra Jaya here, we have vaccinated 48 frontliners and tomorrow at the Stadium Perpaduan, we will administer it to about 1,160 people.
“For the rest of Sarawak, using the vaccines in the shipment between today and March 1, we expect to inoculate about 5,000 frontliners,” she told reporters today at Klinik Kesihatan Petra Jaya.
She said the state was expecting six shipments of the vaccine between Feb 24 until March 31.
“However for this first six shipments, we can only cover about 42.8 percent of the 97,000 frontliners in Sarawak.
“So, not all can be covered. But the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination for frontliners will not only end on March, it will extend until April.”
Meanwhile, Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing said the department had asked the frontline agencies to provide them with the list of personnel.
“These are from agencies like police, immigration, our medical workers, private hospitals and clinics.
“We try to provide them with the vaccines, but it comes in batches so we cannot cover everyone at one time.”
Today’s vaccination, Dr Chin, who received his first Covid-19 jab, said it was like any other injection.
“I think it’s fine. Today, our Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and our frontline staff were also vaccinated.”
On Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who was advised to forego the vaccination today, Dr Chin said arrangements had been made for him to be vaccinated next week.