Early vaccination for students heading overseas

KUCHING: Students who will be pursuing their studies overseas will be eligible for early vaccination.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the group will be informed of the procedures to apply for the vaccination which require them to produce supporting letters and documents.

“(I have received) a lot of enquiries and requests from anxious students and parents for Sarawakians going overseas in September.

“There will be a procedure on applying for early vaccination involving a letter and supporting documents. 

“As we need to complete two (Covid-19 vaccine) doses, we probably need to start by administering the first dose in first two weeks of July and the second dose by the first week of August,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (June 23).

He said the students will most likely be inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine due to its ample supply in July.

“Likewise, for Sarawakians overseas, who are coming home after having their first vaccine dose, and will need their second dose in Sarawak, it is advisable for them to have either Pfizer or Sinovac while overseas.

“Both Pfizer and Sinovac are readily available in Sarawak. Scientific evidence and safety on mixing vaccines are still emerging,” he said.