KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian has called on parents to find time to bring their children for COVID-19 vaccination.
He said Sarawak’s target for the vaccination of children aged five to 11 was 50 per cent by the end of February, but as of Friday (Feb 25), the state had achieved 38.8 per cent only.
“The consent of parents is required, so their cooperation is important. Parents, if you love your children, please find time to bring them for vaccination,” he said.
Sim, who is also the Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor said even if parents missed out on the vaccination programme through the schools, there are health clinics that could vaccinate their children on weekends on walk-in basis.
“However, do try to get it (vaccination) systematically in the schools,” he said this to reporters when officiating at the opening of Desa Wira Recycling Centre here today.
Dr Sim said even though Sarawak ranked among the highest in the country in terms of vaccination rates of children aged five to 11, the aim was still to vaccinate about 90 per cent of them.
“We don’t just want to be the highest among the states. We want to achieve our target, which is about 90 per cent,” he said.