Increased Covid-19 vaccinations lauded

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KUCHING: The scaling up of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout statewide has been lauded by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He thanked all Sarawakians for playing their role and doing their part in ensuring that the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) was implemented smoothly.

“Sarawak is finally topping the vaccination in Malaysia. Think big, start small and scale up fast.

“We don’t have as many doctors and nurses as in the rest of Malaysia but we have those who are passionately enthusiastic,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (June 29).

On Tuesday, Sarawak led the nation in terms of number of vaccine doses administered, recording 1,276,447 vaccinations ahead of Selangor (1,201,775) and Kuala Lumpur (1,177,822).

Of the 1,276,447 vaccinations, 1,030,188 are from the first dose and 246,259 were given to second dose recipients.

Dr Sim praised the commitment of the medical and non-medical frontliners as well as volunteers who assisted in the vaccine rollout statewide.

He also commended the public for their cooperation, understanding and willingness to come forward to be vaccinated.

“Thanks to the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) and the Health Ministry (KKM) for keeping their promise of vaccine supply every week. We are looking forward to scaling up the vaccine rollout further in July.”

At the same time, Dr Sim also reminded the public to observe Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) after being vaccinated.

“Until we reach certain level of herd immunity, Sarawak is still at risk of a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths, especially with Delta variants (spreading) in the rest of Malaysia.”

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