Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian during a live Facebook session hosted by Kuching South City Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng on Saturday stated that the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer received in Sarawak would go to some 90,000 frontliners.
According to him, after the frontliners, the vaccines, which will reach Malaysia by the end of February and in March, will be given to the high-risk groups in areas with outbreaks, including the elderly, those with diabetes, high blood pressure and other pre-existing medical conditions.
“For Sarawakians who fit the criteria by the federal government for free vaccines, we’ll let the federal government pay for them.
“For those who are not eligible, the Sarawak government will bear all the costs,” he added.
Following are public views on the matter.
Amirul Asyraf Mohamad Musa
Although a few Malaysians are quite worried about the side effects of the Covid-19 vaccine, I remain confident as long as it is guaranteed and approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is hoped that this vaccine will reduce the risk of infection and death as well as completely break the chain of Covid-19 infection.
Zaidatul Rahmah Zainudin
Covid-19 may already have a cure with the creation of this Pfizer vaccine. However, in order to convince the public of the effectiveness of this vaccine, the Health Department may first need to prove that it is safe and has no major side effects.
I believe this vaccine is a good thing. Moreover, experts in our country have also done thorough research before deciding to give this vaccine to the people.
Ahmad Nazmi Hafizuddin Lapok
We desperately need a vaccine to prevent more people from getting infected and dying from Covid-19. It is hoped that this vaccine will help break the chain of infection of this deadly virus.
I am confident and ready to be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. It is hoped that it can be given to everyone in the near future so that our lives will return to normal.