Sarawak to help fund vaccination operation

KUCHING: The state government will assist the Health Ministry in funding the mass vaccination operation in the coming months.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this was to ensure the success of the vaccination programme, which is targeted for completion by August.

“Sarawak government will assist, including (covering) financial shortfall.

“This is to ensure the vaccination operation involving more than two million Sarawakians and another 200,000 non Sarawakian residents over next six months a success,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Feb 25).

Dr Sim said there were about 55 vaccinations centres that would administer the vaccines to the frontliners in the first phase of the programme.

These included Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), Sarawak Heart Centre, local hospital at districts throughout the state as well as Klinik Kesihatan (KKs).

“These are the vaccination centres for Phase 1 of the frontliners in Sarawak. The biggest (vaccination centre) will be at Stadium Perpaduan Negeri, Petra Jaya.

“Phase two of the vaccination for the high risk public as well as phase three for other eligible Sarawakians above 18 will start by the end of March or early April.”

Dr Sim said the vaccines would be supplied from eight  storage areas in Sarawak.

“There will be more than 60 additional vaccination centres including at private medical facilities set up by the State Health Department in the Sarawak.”

Sarawak started its vaccination programme on Friday (Feb 26) with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg receiving the first jab.