Opt-in AZ vaccine programme takes off smoothly

Abang Johari (second right) arrives at BCCK to monitor the opt-in AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination programme. Accompanying him are Dr Sim (third left) and Uggah (righ).

KUCHING: The first day of the opt-in AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccination programme at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here went smoothly today (June 7).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who was at the centre, was pleased with the arrangements, saying the facilities were people-friendly and that the management of crowd flow was done in an orderly manner.

“I have met with the vaccine recipients and so far I can see that they are very satisfied with the whole procedure,” he said.

He said for the first three days, a total of 1,000 people respectively would receive the AZ vaccine.

“Following that, it will be increased to 3,000 people per day. This is done to expedite the vaccination process in the state,” he said.

Besides in BCCK, Abang Johari said a similar vaccination centre for the AZ vaccination programme was also set up at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKNB) in Miri.

“In Miri, for the first three days, a total of 400 people per day will receive the jab, and subsequently it will be increased to 3,000 people per day,” he said, adding that some 30,000 Sarawakians had registered for the AZ vaccine.

On another note, Abang Johari appealed to everone, including those who had received the Covid-19 vaccine, to continue to strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“I am pleading to everyone to have self-discipline. We really need to look after ourselves and those around us.

“Look at what happened in Mukah recently; there was another cluster caused by a funeral service.

“So, if we all play our role, I believe the number of positive cases in the state will be reduced,” he said.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.