Sarawak records only 55pct vaccine registration

The vaccine shipment arriving in Sarawak this week.

KUCHING: Sarawak has only recorded 55 percent of its estimated 2.2 million populations registering for the Covid-19 vaccines.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian in sharing this said the total number of individuals recorded through manual registrations was much lower than expected after data streamlining.

“Even after 868,000 Sarawakians (registered) in MySejahtera and another 250,000 to 300,000 manual registrations after data cleaning for duplication, probably at best we have 1.2 million (55 percent) Sarawakians registered for the vaccines,” he said.

Earlier this month, he estimated that individuals who had manually registered for the vaccines to be closer to 600,000.

At the same time, Dr Sim said Sarawak had received another shipment of the Covid-19 vaccines from the federal government for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“We are grateful for the close collaboration of the Health Ministry (MOH) and Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF).

“Sarawak will continue to fight for our rightful share,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said Sarawak was ready to scale up its vaccine rollout to up to 50,000 individuals vaccinated in one day through its public and private healthcare facilities.

“As we are getting more types of vaccines and more doses of vaccines in Malaysia from May onwards, Sarawak is ready to scale up and on track to complete vaccination for those eligible registered Sarawakians by August,” he said.

Earlier this week, national portal CodeBlue reported Sarawak to record a 43.5 percent increase in the number of people who completed Covid-19 vaccination from April 17 to 23, the highest rise nationwide.

As of April 23, the state has managed to completely vaccinate 1,712 individuals per 100,000 population compared to the nationwide figure of 1,542 individuals per 100,000 population.