State achieves 70,000 daily jabs

Sarawak has reached its maximum capacity in its daily Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

KUCHING: The daily vaccine rollout under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) in Sarawak has breached the 70,000 mark.

According to statistics shared by the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (​JKJAV), the state administered a total of 72,971 Covid-19 vaccine doses on Wednesday (July 7).

Of the total, 29,137 were first doses while 43,834 were second doses.

The total number of doses administered state-wide to date is 1,685,184, the highest in Malaysia followed by Selangor with 1,673,153 and Kuala Lumpur with 1,556,479.

Last week, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sarawak has a maximum vaccination capacity of 70,000 doses per day.

He said the state is well equipped to increase its vaccine rollout as it has sufficient workforce.

“The 70,000-dose capacity will depend on the supply of vaccines.

“We also have enough machinery throughout Sarawak from Lundu to Limbang and into the interior areas.

“We are also assisted by the military’s combat medic team that has supported and complemented our machinery,” he told a press conference on July 1.

Last month, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak is on the right track to achieve the target of vaccinating 80 percent of the state population by August.

“The SDMC is taking proactive steps to achieve the target, including by dispatching mobile vaccination unit personnel to interior areas to assist rural communities to get vaccinated.

“Our vaccination process is going on smoothly due to the great cooperation given by the people of Sarawak,” he said at the time.