Unimas could become largest PPV in Sarawak

Dr Sim (front row, fourth left) with Prof Kadim (on his right) and other Unimas staff at the Unimas PPV

KUCHING: The vaccination centre (PPV) that is being set up at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) could potentially be the largest in Sarawak.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the PPV had the capability to scale up its vaccine rollout to about 5,000 vaccinations per day.

“The PPV at Unimas will be operational on June 14. I am not only impressed but confident with the great team under the leadership of Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (June 10).

Dr Sim said the varsity had introduced its own system to help with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) vaccine rollout.

He said besides that, the university invented a special chair to help those administrating the vaccine to patients who are on wheelchairs.

“They have also pooled their resources from volunteers, medical staff to equipment along with a well thought-out movement plan from the campus entrance to leaving the vaccination centre.”

Dr Sim said Unimas currently was committed to conducting about 3,000 vaccinations per day, starting with 500 vaccinations on the first two days.

“With the in-house human resources available, they probably can scale up to 5,000 vaccinations per day, being potentially the largest vaccination centre in Sarawak.

“Such time of crisis will make Unimas a great institution not only in Sarawak but in Malaysia.”

In another development, Dr Sim said the PPV for the AstraZeneca opt-in programme at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) recorded more than 3,000 vaccinations on Thursday.

“Heartiest congratulations for first day of 3,000 vaccinations per day for this voluntary, opt-in programme. This reflects an excellent multi-agency teamwork and cooperation.”