UCTS centre can vaccinate up to 2,000 daily

Abang Johari launches the mobile vaccination team bus from the UCTS campus

SIBU: The industrial vaccination centre (PPVIN) at the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) here is capable of administering up to 2,000 doses per day.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the centre, which started operating last Monday, had vaccinated more than 2,000 people.

“I was told that there are about 13,000 industrial workers from several companies including those in the shipping, logging and plantation industries in Sibu.

“They have collaborated with the private sector, particularly Pansar and UCTS, to establish this designated PPVIN at UCTS campus.

“We have been looking at expediting the Covid-19 vaccine rollout at workplaces as we have done in Samalaju, Kidurong and Samajaya to protect against more  workplace related clusters,” he told a press conference here today.

Earlier, he visited the PPVIN at UCTS to monitor the vaccine rollout to the industrial workers here.

To a question, Abang Johari said the state government was considering to use the PPVIN to inoculate members of the public after the vaccination for the industrial workers was completed.

“I saw the vaccination process here was very quick, that it was able to conduct 1,000, 1,500 and even 2,000 vaccinations a day. Once all the employees are vaccinated, we will discuss vaccinating the public here.

“This is because after the first Covid-19 dose, there will be a gap between it and the second dose. We will wait for the vaccine supply to come to vaccinate the members of the public here,” he said.

The chief minister said it was crucial for workplaces to be protected against Covid-19 as there had been 30 recorded Covid-19 clusters related to work.

“These Covid-19 cases from the workplaces may go back to their villages and homes and possibly cause another cluster to emerge,” he said.