State expects more vaccine supply


KUCHING: The state government is expecting more supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Sarawak, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“This is to scale up the vaccine rollout in the state.

“Sarawak has the capability to increase the vaccination capacity as long as more vaccines are being supplied to the state,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (June 30).

Earlier that day, Dr Sim said the state received its weekly supply of Sinovac vaccines from the federal government.

“With everyone playing their role and doing their part in ensuring that the vaccine rollout is implemented smoothly, we are confident that Sarawak will achieve its target (of herd immunity) by the end of August,” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Minister added that it is crucial for the state to achieve high vaccination rate as this could allow life to return to normal.

He said any slowdown of the vaccination process will result in suffering including recurring lockdowns as well as the possibility of being infected by the Delta variant of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, in a separate post, Dr Sim lauded the establishment of the industrial vaccination centre (PPV) at University College of Technology Sarawak, Sibu.

He said the PPV, with its medical manpower supplied by Sibu’s Segi University Medical School, is able to vaccinate up to 2,000 people daily.

He added that the Sibu Indoor Stadium PPV is capable of vaccinating 2,500 individuals daily.

“Both places will make an impact not just by scaling up the vaccine rollout, but by lowering Covid-19 cases in Sibu,” he said.

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