Walk-in vax for 16 to 17-year-old students

KUCHING: Students aged 16 to 17 can walk into Majma Hall here for their Covid-19 vaccination.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this applied to students who had left schools in Kuching Division too.

“The students can also make appointments with the nearest health clinic,” he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Sept 16).

As of Sept 15, 61,271 out of 96,400 eligible students, which is equivalent to 3.4 of the state’s total population, have been inoculated. 

“Following the completion of vaccination in Betong and Kuching divisions tomorrow (Sept 17) Sarawak will have completed its vaccination campaign for 16 to 17-year-old students from 234 schools.

Vaccination for these students in the other 10 divisions was completed by Sept 15.

He revealed that 3,981 of 12 to 15-year-old students with comorbidities had been vaccinated at health clinics and hospitals statewide.

A total of 192,800 or 6.9 percent of the state’s total population are in the 12 to 15 years age bracket, and this group will be vaccinated under the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (PICK) by end of the month.

Dr Sim thanked students and parents for coming forward voluntarily to be vaccinated, unlike many western countries which were facing issues of vaccine hesitancy.

“Thanks to the teachers, federal and state agencies and non-governmental organisations   for the teamwork which contributed to another successful rolling out of PICK in Sarawak,” he said.

He also thanked the federal government, especially the Ministry of Health (MoH), for allowing Sarawak to be the first to inoculate teenagers aged 16 to 17.