50,000 daily vaccinations targeted by August

KUCHING: Sarawak is targeting to vaccinate about 50,000 individuals per day in its Covid-19 immunisation programme.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this is possible with the expected supply of vaccines later this year.

“Sarawak is confident that we shall be able to vaccinate an estimated 2.2 million Sarawakian and residents in Sarawak by August. 

“We should be able to vaccinate around 50,000 per day especially with (the supply of) about 1 million doses in June and about 1 million doses in July,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (April 14).

Dr Sim said while Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin raised the minimum vaccination target from 70 percent to 80 percent of the population, such is not possible in Sarawak with only those aged eighteen years old and above inoculated.

“This is because only 71 percent of population is above eighteen years old,” he said.

Earlier Wednesday, Sarawak received its weekly air shipment of Covid-19 vaccines at the Kuching International Airport as part of the federal government’s vaccine rollout plan.

He said for the second quarter of the year, it is expected that Malaysia will have about 12.5 million in vaccine doses supply from five manufacturers. He added that about 28 million vaccine doses will be available for the third quarter of the year.

“I was told that at any of the quarters, the vaccines will also be prioritised to outbreak areas which Sarawak had been advocating. 

“Sarawak will continue to work closely with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and the Health Ministry for Sarawak’s share in the Malaysia vaccine delivery.

“At the same time, we will continue to explore other alternative as we want to roll out and vaccinate as many people, as fast and as soon as possible,” he said.