New approach – getting jabbed after isolation

Dr Sim checks the vaccination consent form of an elderly vaccine recipient.

KUCHING: The state government is conducting a pilot test to expedite the Covid-19 vaccination programme to its residents.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this involves administering the vaccine to residents who are being released from quarantine.

“We vaccinated those eligible through MySejahtera on the last night of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) at Kampung Sinar Budi Baru after they tested negative for their second Covid-19 PCR swab test.

“Hopefully this new approach will reduce the repeat or reoccurrence of cases in the same local community,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (June 23).

Dr Sim said during the first pilot trial of the approach, the vaccination team managed to inoculate 358 individuals in less than four hours.

He said the authorities are also testing the approach where those administering the vaccines will move around to vaccinate the recipients instead of being stationary.

“This tremendous achievement is only possible because of the tremendous teamwork from the volunteers – doctors, nurses, the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), non-governmental organisations (NGO) and Batu Kawa health clinic staff,” he said.

During the trial, Dr Sim also took some time to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to 99-year-old women.