Three boxes of vaccine arrive in Sibu

Dr Annuar (centre) looking on as the vaccine is unloaded upon arrival in Sibu.

KUCHING: Three boxes of the Covid-19 vaccine had arrived in Sibu today which will rollout Sarawak’s vaccination programme, happening today.

Assistant Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said about 3,576 doses of the vaccine will be administered to the frontliners in Sibu.

“These are mainly for the hospital staff plus the frontliners. The vaccinations will start tomorrow and are not only for us (Sibu) but also for Kapit, Mukah and Sarikei,” he said today.

He told reporters this after witnessing the arrival of the vaccine.

Dr Annuar said the vaccine for other areas would be collected by their representatives today and vaccinations will be held at polyclinics and hospitals.

For Sibu, the Nangka assemblyman said the authorities will conduct the vaccinations for the public at the indoor stadium as this operation requires a large space.

“This is also because after being injected with the vaccine, you can’t go home right away – you have to be monitored for a while.”

However, he said the public shouldn’t be worried about the safety of the vaccine as the chances of having severe side effects were relatively low.

“The most severe side effect, which is anaphylactic shock, is very rare. There are only 66 cases out of 18 million patients who have reported to experience this effect after being vaccinated.”

On Wednesday, the first batch of 23,400 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Kuching.

State health director Dr Chin Zin Hing said Phase One of the vaccination programme would cover 97,161 frontliners until March 31.

He said phases two and three would start simultaneously on April 1 for an estimated 900,000 elderly and high-risk individuals and another 900,000 individuals above 18 years.

“We plan to finish the vaccination by Aug 31,” he said during the arrival of the shipment at the Kuching International Airport.