Sarawak hopes to complete vaccinations by August – Dr Sim

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK plans complete its Covid-19 vaccination programme five months ahead of schedule, in August instead of February next year.

Local Government and Housing minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the state government would work with the Health Ministry on ways to speed it up when vaccinations begin at the end of this month.

“According to the national Covid-19 vaccination programme, it is scheduled to be completed by February next year (2021) but we want to finish it as soon as possible for the state,” he said, according to Borneo Post.

Sarawak is aiming to vaccinate at least two million people for the programme.

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme is expected to inoculate some 80% of the population or 26.5 million people by February next year.

It will start with some 500,000 frontliners, consisting of healthcare workers as well as non-healthcare workers, receiving the vaccines.

The second phase is expected to be implemented from April to August for high risk Covid-19 groups such as senior citizens above 60 years old and those with medical conditions such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure, and for the disabled.

This will involve about 9.4 million people.

The third phase will be from May to February, with adults aged 18 and above getting inoculated.