Sarawak journalists to be vaccinated under first phase of Covid-19 immunisation

Muhyiddin delivering a speech at the launch of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Handbook yesterday. The Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in Malaysia this Sunday while the ‘roll out’ for implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation begins in phases from Feb 26.
Also present is Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (left), who is also the coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. Photo: Bernama

KUCHING: Journalists in Sarawak will receive the Covid-19 vaccine under the first phase of the immunisation programme, according to the Federation of Sarawak Journalists Association (FSJA).

FSJA president Jacqueline David Impi said today journalists were also regarded as frontliners as they had to go down to the ground to file reports.

About 150 journalists are expected to get vaccinated when the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme begins in the state on Feb 27.

The nationwide programme is scheduled to roll out on Feb 26 after the first shipment of vaccine arrives in Malaysia on Feb 21. The programme, in three phases, will stretch for a year, up to February 2022.

“It is learnt that media practitioners are among the 40,000 frontliners who will be vaccinated under the first phase. We thank the state government for giving us priority,” Jacqueline told Bernama.

Sarawak Press Photographers Association (SPPA) president Mohd Radzi Bujang said the state government’s effort in tackling the pandemic to ensure the welfare of the people was greatly appreciated.

“Hopefully, the vaccination can help the media practitioners protect themselves as well as the community from the coronavirus infection,” he said.

Sarawak Director of Health Dr Chin Zin Hing was reported to have said on Monday that over 40,000 frontliners in the state are scheduled to be vaccinated under the first phase from February to April.

It is estimated that 2.2 million people in Sarawak will be vaccinated this year with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. – Bernama