Scaling up state’s booster dose rollout

The vaccine shipment arrives in Kuching.

KUCHING: Sarawak has received an additional supply of nearly 200,000 Covid-19 vaccines here on Thursday.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this was to prepare for the Covid-19 booster dose rollout.

“Another shipment of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines arrived at Kuching International Airport from Belgium scheduled by the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).

“This is in anticipation of the scaling up of Covid-19 booster dose rollout for Priority Group 1 —eligible frontliners and vulnerable high risk individuals who completed their two vaccine doses more than six months ago,” he said.

Dr Sim who is also Local Government and Housing Minister said this in a Facebook post on Thursday.

He said Covid-19 vaccination is crucial to saving lives amid the spread of Covid-19 as it decreases the severity of cases when infected as well as reducing fatalities.

At the same time, he said he is waiting on the decisions from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (NPRA) and the Health Ministry in regards to the rollout of the booster dose.

“Will they allow the mixing of Covid-19 vaccines or otherwise? And also what are the other vaccines that will be approved for the booster dose other than Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca,” he said.

In a separate post, Dr Sim said the start of the booster dose rollout to Priority Group 1 has been smooth.

“I hope all the other public and private healthcare facilities can start rolling out the booster dose immediately for their staff members who are eligible,” he said.

He added it is crucial that the high risk vulnerable group get vaccinated within these two months. 

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