Jab for teens under 18 starts Wednesday

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawak is now finalising preparations to vaccinate teens under 18 to protect them from the Covid-19.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Sunday (Sept 5) said the vaccination was expected to begin this Wednesday.

“We are now making preparations to implement this. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday (Sept 4) announced that the nationwide vaccination programme would begin in Sarawak this Wednesday.

“He said this was because the state had reached its benchmark of 80 percent vaccinated adults,” said Uggah.

He added once the preparations were completed, the details would be announced.

Once again, he appealed to the small group of Sarawakians who refused or were still reluctant to be vaccinated to do so immediately.

“We still have 62 vaccination centres (PPVs) in operation state-wide. Therefore, please take note that the final day for those getting the first dose is tomorrow (Sept 6)

“They can walk into the nearest PPV or health clinic with no appointment,” Uggah added.

He explained those who had received their first dose could go to these venues for their second dose after a lapse of 21 days.

Uggah said as long as there were people not vaccinated, they would endanger themselves and others around them.

“This is more so now that we are experiencing more positive cases as well as the presence of the more infectious and deadly Delta variant,” he said.

The chairman said they would also be deprived of many privileges offered to those already vaccinated.

On another note, as of Sunday, Uggah added a cumulative 3,716,143 vaccine doses had been administered to eligible people in the state.

“These included 1,883, 698 (91.2 percent) for the first dose and 1,832,445 (88.7%) for the second dose.”