Sarawak gets largest vaccine shipment

A shipment of the Pfizer vaccines arrives at Kuching International Airport.

KUCHING: More than 445,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Sarawak on Wednesday for the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) in the state.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said it was the biggest single day vaccine delivery received to date.

“Although Sarawak ranked the third highest for individuals being inoculated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccines and the second highest for the second Covid-19 dose, since NCIP started on Feb 26, we have only received 380,864 doses of vaccines.

“Today alone, Sarawak received for this week, a total of 380,400 doses of Sinovac vaccines and a total of 65,520 doses of Pfizer vaccines,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Dr Sim said the vaccine shipment does not include the 77,000 doses of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines that arrived in the state at the end of last week, in which its opt-in programme started on June 7.

“With substantial amount of vaccines available every week until August, over next few days as planned, we will be scaling up our vaccination process quickly.

“Thank you very much to the Health Ministry and the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) for working closely with Sarawak’s time line,” he said.

On Monday, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak will receive 380,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday, enabling the state to speed up its Covid-19 immunisation process to achieve herd immunity as targeted.

He said this batch of vaccine doses is part of the amount announced by National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin during his visit to Sarawak last week.

“Of this amount, 89,360 doses will be sent to Miri on June 10. Our target is to hit one million vaccine jabs by the end of this month,” he said.

Last week, Khairy announced that Sarawak would receive 380,000 doses of vaccine every week beginning the first week of June until the end of August.

This puts the state on track to be the first in Malaysia to complete its immunisation programme by vaccinating 2.2 million of its population.