Vaccination success depends on public acceptance

Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The success of the Covid-19 vaccination programme will very much depend on the acceptance of the public towards the vaccine, says Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said 72 per cent of Sarawakians were above 18 years old (qualified to get the vaccine).

“In order to achieve herd immunity of 70 per cent minimum, we need 99 per cent of Sarawakians above 18 to be vaccinated,” he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (Feb 28).

Dr Sim urged Sarawakians to register for vaccination via the MySejahtera mobile application.

In another post, he expressed sadness over the many imported Covid-19 cases from West Malaysia and cases of travelling between districts in Sarawak.

“I was told in one district, there were 97,000 police permit applications, and 95,000 were approved for inter-district travel.”

He noted that everyone was suffering, facing hardship, and had made sacrifices during the past one year due to the pandemic.

“But just wait a little bit longer until we get everyone vaccinated in the next few months. Please, please have self-discipline, perseverance and solidarity as we are almost there.

“Only you (the public) can stop the local community transmission to yourself, your family, friends, colleagues, those around you, and to protect Sarawak from more cases and more deaths.”