Elderly most vulnerable to Covid-19

Dr Sim (left) and his mother at the vaccination centre.

KUCHING: The focus by the authorities to vaccinate the elderly in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) is due to them being the most vulnerable group to Covid-19.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the elderly individuals at two care homes, namely Rumah Sri Kenangan (RSK) and Eden on the Park nursing care residence received their Covid-19 jabs recently.

“This is the first day of Sarawak’s NCIP being rolled out to the elderly care homes. Thank you very much to the State Health Department and the Division Health office for this long awaited outreach programme, bringing vaccines to their care homes. 

“Some may argue that we should vaccinate the young and highly mobile as they are more likely to be infected by Covid-19.

“But these elderly citizens are the most vulnerable to Covid-19 though they are not highly mobile,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Dr Sim said after the two doses of Covid-19 vaccines and with strict standard operating procedures, the group no longer needs to remain isolated from their families and the outside world.

On Friday, a total of 58 out of 59 elderlies at RSK Kuching Division old folks’ home received their Covid-19 jabs.

The odd resident who did not receive the jab was not eligible for the vaccination due to health factors.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah who monitored the vaccination said a similar programme will be held at Sibu Division’s RSK on June 9.