Sarawak confident of becoming first in Malaysia to achieve herd immunity

Dr Sim Kui Hian. – Code Blue photo.

LOCAL Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian is confident that Sarawak will be the first in the country to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.

“We are on track to vaccinate  80% of our population by August,” he said.

He said strong cooperation between the federal and state governments had allowed Sarawak to accelerate its vaccinations from about 10,000 to 60,000 a day.

“Sarawak will soon overtake Selangor with regard to the total number of people vaccinated, pointing out many of the vaccines ordered by the federal government in December had only just arrived,” he said, according to Borneo Post.

He also said the federal government has promised to allocate 380,000 doses of vaccines per week for Sarawak.

“We have also proved to the federal government our capacity by vaccinating 440,000 people in the last week alone,” he said.

On vaccination centres (PPVs), Dr Sim said Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) PPV will soon split vaccination capacity to 3,000 for those residing in Kuching and 2,000 for those in Samarahan.

The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) PPV has also started administering Sinovac and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, he said.

He said the priority right now is to save lives by vaccinating a majority of the public before focusing on reviving the economy.

“Handling this pandemic requires a professional approach and not politicking. Politicking can wait until we win the battle against the pandemic,” he stressed.

Dr Sim thanked all front-liners for working tirelessly to overcome the pandemic, with most working seven days a week and taking on double shifts.

“I hope everyone can stay strong mentally during this trying time as all of us unite in the fight against the pandemic. Let’s play our own roles to support those in need,” he said.