Over 1,000 first-phase recipients jabbed

Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: More than 1,000 frontliners throughout Sarawak have been inoculated today (Feb 26).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the majority of them are medical workers.

“The vaccination occurred simultaneously at Klinik Kesihatan and hospitals in Kuching, Serian, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Mukah and Kapit,” he said in a Facebook post today (Feb 26).

Earlier, the Local Government and Housing Minister also received his first dose of vaccine during a vaccination ceremony at Klinik Kesihatan, Petra Jaya here.

Also vaccinated during the ceremony were Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and State Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing.

“Normally, I would be the one administering the injections to patients, but today, I was on the receiving end of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

“It felt like a small mosquito bite on my left arm but otherwise its fine. I’ll be monitored for the next 24 hours for fever and will be administered the second dose of vaccine in 21 days’ time,” Dr Sim said.

He added that one vial of the Pfizer vaccine is used for a total of six people and the vaccines are drawn from the vial using a blue 22G needle.

“However, the vaccines are administered using a red 25G needle to avoid wastage.

“Thank you very much to all the Klinik Kesihatan and hospitals for the smooth operation of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout,” he said.