Sarawak capable of 70,000 daily jabs

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: The state currently has a maximum vaccination capacity of 70,000 doses per day, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He said the state is well equipped to increase its vaccine rollout as it has sufficient workforce throughout the state to administer the vaccines.

“For Sarawak we have the capacity of administering 70,000 doses, that is maximum capacity, the (current) capacity will depend on the supply of vaccines.

“We also have enough machineries throughout Sarawak from Lundu to Limbang and into the more interior areas.

“We are also assisted by the military’s combat medic team who has supported and complemented our machinery,” he told a press conference here today (July 1).

Currently, Sarawak is registering an average of 50,000 vaccinations per day for the past few weeks and is able to top the nationwide vaccine rollout.

As of June 30, the state has administered 1,320,738 vaccine doses according to the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV).

Of the total, about 1,070,727 are first dose recipients while 250,011 are second dose recipient.

Last month, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state’s daily vaccination numbers surpassed 50,000 vaccine doses putting the state on track on achieve full vaccination to its residents by August.

On Wednesday (June 30), SDMC advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the state government is expecting more supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Sarawak.

“We are looking forward to more vaccine delivery as part of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) so we can scale up the vaccine rollout quickly.

“Sarawak has proven beyond doubt that we have the capability to vaccinate even more as long as we have more vaccines delivered,” Dr Sim said.