Rep lauds Covid-19 vaccination booster dose rollout


KUCHING: The rollout of the Covid-19 booster dose starting in Sarawak this month was lauded by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

“I am very happy to hear the official statement issued by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin regarding the ministry’s preparedness to start administering the third dose or booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine to the public.

“The people of Sarawak will be the first to receive the third dose starting this October to boost the body’s immune system,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Oct 6).

The Santubong MP said the rollout programme was able to be implemented in Sarawak as almost 90 percent of the adult population had completed two doses of the vaccine.

“I would like to congratulate and thank the elected representatives and the people of Sarawak who are brave enough and working together towards herd immunity,” he said.

On Monday, Khairy said the first booster dose was set to begin in Sarawak this month with senior citizens as the initial target group.

He said a heterologous ‘mix and match’ approach would be carried out for those eligible for booster vaccine shots or the use of a vaccine different from the original vaccine received earlier by an individual.

“This approach will allow for a different vaccine to be administered as the booster dose and not necessarily using the same vaccine which the individual was given during vaccination,” he said in Parliament.

Khairy noted the rise in Covid-19 cases in Sarawak might be due to several factors despite the state’s high vaccination rate.

“It is not fully proven by studies, but there is the issue of waning-off effect of the vaccine,” he added.

He said the ministry was very concerned with the state’s high number of daily cases even though most were in Categories 1 to 3.

“We also see a trend in Covid-19 infection that involves new clusters in longhouses, the detection of a new variant, types of vaccines and so on. We will take appropriate measures to ensure that the infection rate in Sarawak can be reduced,” he assured.    

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