Minister lauds varsity vaccine rollout

The Unimas staff at the PPV.

KUCHING: Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad has praised   Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) for its vaccine rollout to residents of Kuching and Kota Samarahan.

The Parit Sulong MP said the higher learning institution made history by being the largest vaccination centre (PPV) in Sarawak.

“The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) at the Unimas PPV created its own history by recording 5,000 vaccinations on Friday (June 18). To date, this is the largest vaccination programme in Sarawak,” she said in a Facebook post.

Noraini congratulated Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and all PPV volunteers who comprised the varsity’s staff and students for their efforts in the vaccine rollout.

“Hopefully, what is being done can help the country realise its target of achieving the level of herd immunity needed,” she said.

On Wednesday (June 16), Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Unimas PPV was expected to conduct 5,000 vaccinations daily starting Friday.

“Unimas has the capability and expertise in the vaccine rollout through its initiative to create a queue system which allowed the vaccination to be conducted smoothly.

“This will definitely facilitate the vaccine rollout to the local community,” he said during his visit to the Unimas PPV on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Unimas Covid-19 Committee chairman Prof Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman said the expedited vaccination process at the PPV was assisted by a vaccination management system which was developed by its researchers.

He said it allowed the process to be reduced from five to three stops, excluding the method of filling out forms and only signing forms.

“The Unimas PPV team has visited a number of different PPV centres, including Stadium Perpaduan PPV, to observe and understand how the vaccination procedure is carried out.

“From there, we brainstormed to figure out the best way to speed up the process and we were able to come up with a solution.”