Minister to resolve vaccination issue of state athletes

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

KUCHING: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah will discuss with Sarawak Sports Corporation on resolving the issue of vaccinating Sarawakian athletes and coaches who are currently outside Sarawak, especially in West Malaysia.

He hoped that the private sector could be involved in this endeavour, pointing out that in West Malaysia, many private hospitals and clinics had been authorised to administer Covid-19 vaccines.

“If there is such a location not far from where these Sarawakians athletes are based, we can try to get them to be sent to that location to be vaccinated,” he said in a video posted on his Facebook page on Thursday (July 1).

He added there were many Sarawakian athletes currently based in West Malaysia.

“These include our football players and also our athletes who are preparing for the Malaysian Games (Sukma).

“If these athletes want to be vaccinated in the states where they are currently based, it may be possible that they can only be accommodated after the people from that state are vaccinated,” he said.

Abdul Karim, who is also Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, said the vaccination of these athletes and coaches was important to ensure their safety during training.

“This is so that they do not feel worried and they can carry out their training regularly. I know some of our football players and officials have been infected with Covid-19 before,” he said.

He said with the vaccination, even if they did get infected with Covid-19, it would be less severe.