Teens to be fully vaccinated before schools reopen

Abang Johari (front, second left) stresses a point to the Sri Aman District Council (MDSA) secretary Tay Guan Huat (left) and the delegation during his visit to Sri Aman. Photo: Ukas

SIMANGGANG: Teenagers aged 16 to 17 in Sarawak will be fully vaccinated in time for schools reopening, tentatively on October 3.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with the group being the first aged below 18 to receive their Covid-19 vaccine jabs starting Sept 8, they would get their two doses of the vaccine by the time schools reopen.

“The group of teenagers aged 16 to 17 will get their full vaccine jabs before the school reopens on Oct 3.

“Meanwhile for teenagers aged 12 to 15, we hope that they will receive their two vaccine jabs by the end of next month, between 22 and 26 October,” he said.

He said this to the media following a briefing on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout to teenagers in Sri Aman on Saturday (Sept 11).

Abang Johari said there were a total of 289,200 teenagers in Sarawak and for Sri Aman, 2,179 under the 16 – 17 age group had started receiving their vaccine jabs since Sept 8.

“As of Sept 9, in Sri Aman, we have administered the first dose of the vaccine to 1,482 teenagers at SMK Engkilili, SMK Lubok Antu, SMK Melugu and SMK St Luke,” he said.

The chief minister hoped that with the vaccination, Sarawak could achieve herd immunity throughout the state by the end of the year.

“I thank our medical workers as well as those at the Sri Aman Health Office who have been committed in rolling out the vaccines to the teenagers.

“With the vaccination, we will be able to protect our teenagers who will undergo face to face learning at their respective schools.

“Sarawak is the first to conduct the teen vaccination programme and as of now, all divisions have commenced the programme,” he said.

For the record, those aged 12 to 17 in Sarawak make up 10.3 percent of the overall population and as of Sept 9, Sarawak has 65.2 percent of its entire population fully vaccinated with two doses of the Covid-19 vaccines.