Sarawak to vaccinate teens 12-15 years old

KUCHING: Sarawak plans to vaccinate its teenagers, aged 12 to 15, with no health issues, beginning tomorrow (Sept 23).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Tuesday (Sept 21) said that this is following the announcement on the matter by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin on Monday (Sept 20).

“He (Khairy) said teenagers, aged 12 to 17, will be able to receive their Covid-19 vaccine on a walk-in basis at selected vaccination centres (PPVs) nationwide.

“Khairy also said that the Health Ministry would announce the list of selected PPVs today.”

Some 3.2 million teenagers are expected to be involved in this National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Adolescents.

It is done in preparation for the reopening of schools in stages from Oct 3 and to ensure the risk of infection in schools are reduced.

It is also to prevent clusters and cases among school children.

Uggah advised parents and guardians to make full use of the opportunity to protect their children or those under their charge.

“In Sarawak, the respective divisional health offices will select the PPVs for the purpose.

“Please accompany your children for the vaccination as there will be consent forms that you, as a parent or guardian, will have to fill in,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said the state had just received its consignment of 10,000 doses of the single-dose CanSino vaccine.

They were distributed starting today to the State Logistic Pharmacy Branch located here, the divisional pharmacy centres (PFB) in Sri Aman, Mid-Layar health clinic (KK), PFB in Sarikei, Sarikei Hospital, Sibu Hospital, PFB in Sibu, PFB in Kapit, Kapit KK and Song KK.

On Sept 24, some will be delivered to Bintulu KK, Bintulu Hospital, Belaga KK, Sungai Asap KK and PFB in Miri.