KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg received the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine today to kick-start the state’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.
He was administered the vaccine at 3.01pm at Klinik Kesihatan Petra Jaya. Also receiving the vaccine at the session were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is also Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor as well as State Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing.
A total of 97,161 frontliners will be inoculated in the first phase of the state’s vaccination programme until March 31.
The second and third phases will be from the end of March to August this year, inoculating 929,000 people in high-risk groups and another 992,000 people who are above 18-years-old, respectively.
Sarawak’s Covid-19 vaccine arrived last Wednesday evening at Kuching International Airport.
On Thursday, the vaccines arrived in Sibu, in time for the vaccination of frontliners in the Covid-19 hotspot.
Recently, Dr Sim stressed that it was imperative that 100 percent of the people aged 18 and above get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
“If we don’t vaccinate 70 percent (of the population) then we don’t get enough herd immunity or protection for the community,” he pointed out.
SDMC chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Wednesday said the vaccine rollout was the biggest exercise undertaken by SDMC.
“This is one of the biggest exercises to be undertaken by SDMC. Our plan is to vaccinate 2.2 million Sarawakians and non-Sarawakians who reside in the state.
“The process is very tedious, and it needs a lot of planning, manpower and materials. The chief minister has approved RM30 million for the logistics arrangement in
Sarawak,” he said.