KUCHING: Sarawak’s borders will need to be protected after the Covid-19 immunisation programme is completed, says Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
“If we can conduct the vaccination fast enough, the virus will not be able to mutate and new variants will not emerge.
“Then we will just have to protect our borders to prevent Covid-19 variants like the one from South Africa in West Malaysia imported into Sarawak.
“This could start another round of Covid-19 variant transmission,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Dr Sim said while there were reported cases where individuals who had been vaccinated being infected, vaccination was still recommended to prevent community transmissions.
“This is not surprising as we have already seen imported cases from China who had completed two doses of vaccines in China last year but found to be positive when entering Kuching due to our compulsory quarantine and PCR swab tests.
“We need a minimum of 70 percent (of the population vaccinated). Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, when he came to Kuching, raised the target to 80 percent.
“He also announced that Malaysia had bought about 150 percent vaccine doses to vaccinate 80 per cent of the people.”
Dr Sim, who is Sarawak Disaster Management Committee advisor, said mass vaccination would also protect inoculated individuals from infection.
“If they were unluckily infected, Covid-19 will be less severe, hence less deaths due to it.”