More mass vaccination centres to come

KUCHING: The state government will be setting up more mass vaccination centres (PPVs) to inoculate the public with the vaccines under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this was to scale up the vaccine rollout in the state following the increase of vaccine supply.

“More mass vaccination centres will be started throughout Sarawak. The PPV at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) has started on June 7 while the Unimas PPV, which will be able to conduct 3,000 vaccinations per day, will operate by mid-June.

“Meanwhile more private hospitals in Sarawak will serve as vaccination centres to help the vaccine rollout under NCIP.

“The vaccines under NCIP will be free and there will be no charges to the public as the Protect Health Corporation has paid RM14 per vaccination to the hospitals,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Similarly, Dr Sim said the number of private general practitioners in the vaccine rollout will be increased from 36 active clinics to more than 100 clinics over the new few weeks.

“At the same time, more health clinics and public hospitals in Sarawak will scale up their daily vaccination numbers,” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Minister said the state government will also be setting up mobile vaccination teams to reach out to the interior areas of Sarawak.

“This uses the hybrid registration method where the vaccinations can be conducted first prior to registration,” he said.

He added PPVs will also be set up to inoculate industry workers. This will be rolled out whenever the industry is prepared with its venue, facilities and human resources.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim noted that Sarawak, although ranking third highest in terms of vaccine registrations,  has only covered 61.5 percent of its eligible population.