KUCHING: Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian hoped that Sarawak will be prioritised in the national Covid-19 vaccine allocation.
“We are looking forward to hearing good news from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and the Health Ministry (MOH) on vaccine prioritisation to red areas of Sarawak.
“This will be over and on top of the vaccines quota scheduled for Phase 2 (of Sarawak’s Covid-19 Immunisation Programme),” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
He said Sarawak will continue to work closely with CITF and MOH 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.
The Local Government and Housing Minister said Sarawak is confident that it will be able to vaccinate about 2.2 million of its population by August.
“We should be able to vaccinate around 50,000 per day especially with about 1 million vaccine doses in June and about 1 million vaccine doses in July,” he said.
Earlier, he said the Sarawak’s weekly air shipment of vaccines arrived at the Kuching International Airport.
“Another weekly scheduled air shipment of Covid-19 vaccines as part of federal government’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, is arriving Kuching International Airport today for Phase 2 of high risk groups,” he said on the same Facebook post.
Dr Sim said for Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout, about 1.1 million Pfizer and Sinovac vaccine doses were distributed to inoculate about 550,000 Malaysians.
He said for the rollout in the second quarter of the year, there are about 12.5 million vaccine doses expected from manufacturers such as Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca.
He added, for the third quarter of the year, there are about 28 million vaccine doses expected to be available for Malaysians.