Sarawak targets 50,000 vaccinations daily

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The state government is targeting to vaccinate 50,000 persons daily under its vaccination rollout programme.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this is achievable as the state registered 45,291 vaccinations on Tuesday (June 14).

“If we increase our vaccination centres (PPVs) and intensify the vaccine rollout, I think by August, we can achieve our target to achieve herd immunity.

“Under our plan, we want to move towards achieving the target of 50,000 vaccinations daily,” he told a press conference during his visit to the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) PPV on Wednesday (June 16).

Abang Johari said besides the Unimas PPV, there are now 121 public hospitals and facilities serving as PPVs, 80 general practitioner (GP) clinics and twelve private hospitals.

He said Sarawak was targeting to vaccinate about 80 percent of its population, noting that various initiatives were done to realise the target.

“Throughout Sarawak, we have made various adjustments according to local needs and context especially in rural areas where we have allowed vaccine recipients to be inoculated prior to registration.

“This is because we want to expedite the vaccine rollout and also take into account the logistical challenges faced,” he said.

The chief minister said at the same time, the state government was deploying mobile vaccination teams to inoculate rural dwellers in hard-to-reach places.

“The mobile teams will use boats, land roads and also flying doctor services to reach longhouses. These logistical costs will be borne by the state government.

“We will provide the logistical services as we want all the people to be vaccinated,” he said.