Private health institutions offer vaccinations too

KUCHING: For the second phase of the Covid-19 immunisation programme, vaccinations will be offered not only at government facilities but also in private health institutions, said Dr Radziah Mohamad.

The public health specialist and principal assistant director of the Family Health Development Section of the State Health Department (JKNS) said this was mainly for high-risk patients who were clients of private clinics.

“Tomorrow (today), there will be a briefing on how to include private clinics into our programme. We want to include them in order to smoothen the process,” she said during Sarawak Development Institute’s (SDI) brown bag virtual talk on ‘Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign’ held via Zoom today.

Heading into Phases 2 and 3 of the immunisation programme, she said 125 government hospitals and clinics had been recognised as vaccination locations in addition to 154 non-Ministry of Health (MoH) facilities which included halls and stadiums.

“We will also do our outreach mobile vaccination to the elderly care centres,” she said, adding that for Phase 3, they were aiming to go to universities and institutions.

Touching on the vaccination of frontliners in Sarawak, she said as of Apr 17, they had managed to administer the first dose of the vaccine to 68,141 frontliners — 155.3 percent of the targeted 43,875 frontliners to be vaccinated from February to April.

“As for the second dose, up until yesterday (19 April), we have already administered about 32,655 and we are hoping that before the end of April, we can finish the frontliners’ second dose,” she said.

Dr Radziah encouraged the public to register for the Covid-19 vaccine through MySejahtera and other registration systems in order to capture how many vaccines Sarawak required.

“It is important for everyone to register in the system to ensure that the government knows how much of the population in Sarawak is willing to be vaccinated and that we get the amount of vaccines that we need,” she said.

She said as of Sunday, Sarawak recorded 820,821 registrations (39.6 percent) in the system.

She said vaccine appointments for Phases 2 and 3 were set up by the system, explaining that the system would prioritise recipients based on four domains — age, status as person with disabilities, comorbidities, and geographical risk.