State can rollout more than 50k daily vaccinations

KUCHING: Sarawak is capable of scaling up its vaccine rollout to more than 50,000 vaccinations per day, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said this is due to the establishment of more vaccination centres (PPVs) on top of existing PPVs that has been set up state-wide.

“Sarawak is capable of vaccinating much more than 50,000 per day thanks to the extraordinary efforts by the PPV at hospitals, health clinics and the stadium (in Kuching), mobile PPV outreach teams and AstraZeneca opt-in PPV,” he said.

He added, this is also complemented by other PPVs at private hospitals, general practitioners (GPs), industries, drive-thru PPV by the Armed Forces and Higher Learning Institution PPV at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).

He also thanked the public for their cooperation and understanding as they turn up for their vaccine appointments.

“Do not panic and wait for your turn, I was told last week the vaccination is focused on those aged 70 and above.

“This week, it will focus on those aged 60 and above as well as those with comorbidities. I am confident at this current vaccination rate, by next week, we can focus on those aged 50 and soon, 40,” he said in a Facebook post last Saturday (June 19)

Dr Sim said the vaccine rollout will also focus on different segments of frontliners including teachers, undertakers, waste collection workers, civil servants and industries.

On vaccine supply, he said Sarawak has received more than 380,000 vaccine doses in consecutive weeks which were committed by the federal government.

“This allowed the vaccination rate to be scaled up from 11,000 per day a week ago to 50,000 a day.

“At this (vaccination) rate, we will need about 440,000 vaccine doses to arrive each week,” he said