No more excuses not to get vaccinated

Dr Sim speaking to reporters at a press conference. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: There will be no more excuses for those who refuse to be vaccinated as sooner or later, everyone in Sarawak will be obliged to acquire two doses before being allowed entry, says Sarawak Disaster Management Committee advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“It will only be a matter of time until we reach the targeted immunisation rate in Sarawak and all the local councils, restaurants, retail businesses, and other sectors begin imposing stricter entry regulations.

“As such, there will be no more excuses for not being fully vaccinated by that time.”

Dr Sim also revealed that, for the time being, they had asked the Sarawak Covid-19 Advisory Group  to look at Sarawak’s policy and take a scientific approach to finding a vaccine suitable for children under the age of 18.

“Since we are far ahead of the other states in Malaysia, we need to look for it right away. We have time to focus on this because our vaccination process is rapid and efficient.

“We would like to look into it because the Sarawak General Hospital has over 1,000 patients between July 15 and Aug 3, with roughly 20 per cent of them under the age of 18.

“This number is concerning because we always assume that those under the age of 18 are less prone to become ill, but here they are in the hospital.”

Dr Sim added that they were currently employing more experts and scientists to explore suitable vaccines for the youngsters.

He further advised the public to get vaccinated, not only for their own wellbeing but also for the safety of others.