KUCHING: More than one million Sarawakians have registered for the Covid-19 vaccination.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the actual figure was achieved after integrating manual registrations which had a lot of duplication.
“Finally, more than one million eligible Sarawakians registered formally on MySejahtera after integrating more than 650,000 individuals from manual registration but sadly about 66 percent were in duplicates.
“Thanks to the volunteers who work day and night with the special task force as well as Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to reflect our true registration numbers for vaccination,” he said in a Facebook post.
Dr Sim said for Phase 1 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) a total of 43,875 Sarwakians were eligible for the vaccine.
He said for Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout, while there were about 950,000 Sarawakians eligible for the vaccine, only about 350,000 had registered.
Phase 3 which is to start in May will vaccinate about 1.08 million eligible Sarawakians.
“We need everyone’s help to register for the vaccine as Sarawak only has about 52.9 percent of its population registered to date.
“We already have 150,000 doses of the vaccines delivered before end of April. We are supposed to receive a minimum of 2.8 million doses for May to July. Based on current registration, we only need to have about 2 million doses.
“We cannot fight for more vaccines unless we have the requisite number of people. No one will give us more vaccines than necessary as vaccines supply is in critical shortage not only in Sarawak or Malaysia but worldwide,” he said.
Dr Sim said Sarawak has the capacity to administer up to 80,000 vaccine jabs through the Health Ministry and the private healthcare facilities when the vaccine availability increases in the next four to six weeks.