Don’t hold off booster shots


KUCHING: The public was told to not delay getting their Covid-19 booster vaccine jab once eligible.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this would give additional protection to individuals against Covid-19.

“Each and every one of us must play our role and do our part, to get the booster dose as soon as you are eligible. 

“Don’t wait as any Covid-19 vaccines in your body will give you protection against Covid-19 infection, severity and deaths. 

“We did it (high vaccination rate) for Dose 1 and 2 of the vaccine. Let’s replicate our Sarawak spirit of solidarity in our war against Covid-19 for the third dose,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Nov 21).

Earlier Dr Sim said the current vaccination rate for the booster dose is at 58 per cent out of the eligible 821,000 Sarawakians.

“For October to November, there will be about 821,000 Sarawakians eligible for the Covid-19 booster dose. Thanks to our fellow Sarawakians to have taken the jab.

“Let’s do better than just 58 per cent (vaccination rate),” he said, adding that the booster dose jab was administered to 384,000 fully vaccinated Sinovac recipients and 89,000 fully vaccinated Pfizer recipients

Dr Sim said there will be another 338,000 Sinovac recipients who will be eligible for the booster Covid-19 vaccine jab later in the month.

“Though Sarawak Covid-19 cases and death will continue to go down with booster doses, the West Malaysia Covid-19 cases and death will continue to rise,” he said.

He said this was possibly due to the waning effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines as the Peninsular region was behind Sarawak in completing their vaccine rollout for the first and second vaccine doses.

Dr Sim said despite the low severe Covid-19 cases in Sarawak, the state government is looking to purchase the latest Covid-19 antiviral drug, leaving nothing to chance.

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