State looking forward to vaccine shipment

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines being unloaded from the aircraft on Wednesday.

KUCHING: The state government is looking forward for another vaccine shipment from the federal government.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the shipment is expected weekly as part of the commitment of the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) in providing vaccine supply to Sarawak.

“Another weekly scheduled air shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, which is part of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP), arrived in Kuching tonight (Wednesday).

“I was made to understand that the Health Ministry has released the log numbers of the vaccines to the State Health Department,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

At the same time, Dr Sim expressed his gratitude towards private hospitals and general practitioners (GP) in Sarawak that are helping with the vaccination.

“I am very happy and relieved to see many GPs in Sarawak and private hospitals practicing our HippocraticOath.

“We must play our roles to prioritise mass vaccination and other live-saving services for our fellow Sarawakians, namley to save as many of our own people from Covid-19,” he said.

During NCIP coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin recent visit to Sarawak, he pledged that the state would receive 380,000 doses of vaccine every week from June until August.

With the vaccine supply, Sarawak is expected to be the first state in Malaysia to complete the immunisation programme with the vaccination of 2.2 million people.

Khairy said to complete the NCIP, Sarawak needs to administer an average of 45,000 injections per day until the end of August.

In this regard, he said the government has agreed to open more Vaccination Centres (PPV), increase PPV staff as well as expand the vaccination drive to GP clinics and private hospitals.