Jab prisoners with single dose CanSino

KUCHING: The CanSino single dose Covid-19 vaccine has been proposed for prison inmates throughout Sarawak.

Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni said this was due to recurrence of the coronavirus disease in several prisons.

“Using the CanSino vaccine makes it easier to conduct vaccination as it only needs to be done once.

“Therefore I urge the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force and the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (​JKJAV) to expedite its procurement and send the CanSino vaccine doses to Sarawak,” he said on Tuesday.

He was commenting on the recent outbreak in Miri Central Prison where 169 Covid-19 cases were reported on Tuesday.

Lukanisman said the vaccine rollout for prisoners is needed to ensure that they and the prison staff are protected.

He said while prison staff have received their doses and complied with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), the risk of infection remains.

“The proposed vaccination of prisoners is also expected to be adopted for all Malaysian prisons and detention centres.

“On humanitarian grounds they (prisoners) also need to be vaccinated and the method of administration of single dose vaccines is a mechanism that can be considered,” he said.

Lukanisman said CanSino vaccines can also benefit the communities in the remote areas as it only needs one dose.

On Tuesday, Tembok Miri Cluster in Miri recorded an increase of 169 new cases involving 168 detainees and one staff of the prison facility.

The 169 Covid-19 cases from Miri Central Prison takes up more than one-third of Sarawak’s total new Covid-19 cases of 472 on June 13.