Another vaccine shipment arrives in Sarawak

The vaccines being unloaded from the plane.

KUCHING: Sarawak received another vaccine shipment as part of its weekly schedule under the federal government’s national vaccination plan.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the vaccine, which would be used for Phase 1 of the state’s Covid-19 immunisation programme, arrived at Kuching International Airport last Thursday.

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

“At the same time, we will continue to explore other alternatives as we want to roll out and vaccinate as many people, as fast and as soon as possible,” he said in a Facebook post last Thursday.

Dr Sim said it was understood that Malaysia, in the first quarter of the year, received about 1.1 million doses of Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines for 550,000 Malaysians.

“The second quarter will start with Phase 2 where it is scheduled to have vaccines to inoculate eight million Malaysians.

“In the third quarter, it is scheduled to have vaccines for 15 million Malaysians.”

In a statistics shared by the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply, Sarawak has vaccinated 57,466 individuals for the first dose and another 29,873 for the second dose, as of Thursday.

The total number of first and second dose administered nationwide is now at 919,721.

Meanwhile, the progress of vaccine registration for Sarawak is at 33 percent with 682,961 individuals registered. The nationwide total is 34.30 percent with 8,309,480 registrations.

Phase 2 covers senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and those with chronic diseases, and will begin on April 19 in eight states.

It will kick off with Kedah, Melaka, Penang, Pahang, Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and the Federal Territory of Labuan, to be followed a few days later by other states according to the readiness of the vaccination centres and staff.