Registration for vaccination now opens

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KUCHING: Sarawakians and other Malaysians staying in the state can now register for Covid-19 vaccination through the nearest district offices and health clinics.

“Sarawakians can also register via MySejahtera once the option is available,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He also stated that the state agencies are ahead in the registration process to ensure they are able to reach everyone who is eligible, including those who do not have MySejahtera.

“In line with that, our Ketua Kmpung and Tuai Rumah are already working together with the District Offices and Klinik Kesihatan on the matter,” he said.

Over in Kuala Lumpur, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Malaysia today marked a new dawn in the country’s fight against Covid-19.

He thought that it offered hope that the people would again join forces to end the pandemic and that it was symbolic of all the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices in facing the pandemic all this while.

“It’s a new dawn, a new frontier, different battlefront and an additional strategy to fight against the virus, giving a glimmer of hope to see the light at the end of tunnel,” he said in his Facebook post, after witnessing the arrival of the vaccine.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, Coordinating Minister for National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin, and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong were also present at the KLIA to witness the arrival of the vaccine.

Speaking of the frontliners and Health Ministry personnel, Dr Noor Hisham thanked them for their dedication and perseverance in the battle against the pandemic.

“No one is safe until everyone is safe,” he said.

Flight MH604, bearing the Jalur Gemilang livery to symbolise the vaccine is for Malaysians, landed at 10.07am with the first batch of 312,390 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Passenger-to-Cargo (P2C) flight used an Airbus 330-300, operated by MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), the cargo arm of national carrier Malaysia Airlines Bhd.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Dr Noor Hisham will be among the first to receive the vaccine when the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme is rolled out on Wednesday ahead of schedule, said Khairy Jamaluddin, the coordinating minister for the programme.

Since the first Covid-19 infection was reported in Malaysia on Jan 25, 2020, a total of 1,051 deaths related to the virus have been reported as of today.

A total of 280,272 people have been infected so far but 244,753 have recovered.