Sarawak’s vaccine to arrive Wednesday

The arrival of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang today.

KUCHING: The vaccine shipment to Sarawak will arrive on Wednesday (Feb 24), said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said with the arrival of the shipment, it will be in time for the state’s vaccination programme which is expected to start on Feb 27.

“A lot of preparatory work had been done and will continue to carry on such as figuring out the cold chain logistics.

“These include facilities, support as well as strict monitoring on transportation. There are seven vaccine storage centres (PSVs) in Sarawak — Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Sri Aman, Sarikei, and Limbang.

“Furthermore, there are 55 locations for vaccine administration centres (PPVs) throughout Sarawak for the first phase of vaccinations to frontliners,” he said in a Facebook post today (Feb 21).

He was commenting on the arrival of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines in Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

“This is the beginning of national vaccine rollout. My heartiest congratulations to the prime minister and vaccine task force,” he said.

Dr Sim said the medical personnel who will be stationed at PPVs are trained in not only administering the vaccine, but for any other eventualities. He also added that dry run for the work process has commenced.

He said the more important thing is for the vaccinations to be accepted by the public as Sarawak needs 70 percent of its population vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.