Half of Sarawakians to complete vaccination by July 22

Dr. Sim (right) with MPP Chairman Cr. Lo Khere Chiang (third right) and others watching a Covid-19 vaccination process at the Mobile Outreach Vaccination Programme at Kota Padawan. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Half of the eligible Sarawakians will have completed their two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Sarawak Day, July 22.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian is confident that Sarawak will achieve the target due to the current rapid rate of vaccination in the state.

Dr Sim noted that the number of vaccinations given at each vaccination centre (PPV) continues to increase from time to time.

“In Sarawak, we started the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) in February but we have started receiving a large supply of vaccines since June 9.

“As of June 30, the first dose recipients of the vaccine in Sarawak stood at 38 percent while the second dose was 8.8 percent.

“Within three weeks, our vaccination rate increased and if it continues, we will achieve 50 percent of the second dose by July 22,” Dr Sim told reporters during a visit to the mobile PPV outreach programme at SJK Chung Hua Batu 10, today (July 10).

The Local Government and Housing Minister said, the PICK programme in the state was also coordinated and systematically guided by current needs and wants.

He noted that there were many students who had received their vaccinations following application through the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

He explained that many university students would be vaccinated before they return to their respective campuses to further their studies next semester.

“Even though they are studying in Peninsular Malaysia, they are also Sarawakians and we must protect them,” he said.

Dr Sim added that with the increase in the supply of Pfizer-BionTech Covid-19 vaccine this month, it would also be given to teenagers in the state.

“No one will be left behind and we are doing it as soon as possible. I hope Sarawak will be the first state to give full vaccination to its people,” he said.