Ten weeks to get herd immunity in Sibu

Dr Annuar during the livestream.

KUCHING: Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee has set a target of achieving herd immunity in Sibu within the next ten weeks.

He said this could be done with the channelling of a continuous supply of Covid-19 vaccines to the region.

“On Friday (June 11), we received 19,040 vaccine doses. Starting this week, we will have more vaccines coming in.

“We hope that the large quantity of vaccine supply will arrive every week so that in ten weeks, we can vaccinate more than 190,000 individuals. That is our target for us to achieve herd immunity in Sibu.

“But if we can vaccinate more than that, it will be better. So, in the near future, we will increase our vaccination capacity so that our people can be inoculated,” he said in a livestream on Saturday (June 12).

Meanwhile, on the surge of Covid-19 cases in Sibu, Dr Annuar said it was expected as it was now ten to 14 days after the Gawai celebration.

“The cases are increasing. To lower the Covid-19 cases, we need to observe the standard operating procedures (SOPs) more strictly,” he said.

He said the same thing had occurred after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration last month, adding that vaccination along with the movement control order (MCO) was a step to reducing the spread in cases.

“This is the two approaches taken by other countries which have been effective along with SOP compliance,” he said.

To a question from a viewer, Dr Annuar said Sibu in June would receive about 33,447 vaccine doses weekly. He said in July, it would receive about 40,000 doses weekly and 50,000 doses a week in August.

“Now the question after this is our vaccination capacity and whether we can administer the vaccines once they arrive,” he said.