Sarawak says no to AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

SARAWAKIANS will not be inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is reportedly linked to sporadic blood clot cases worldwide, but those who want it can still get it in Selangor or Kuala Lumpur.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian confirmed this in a Facebook post yesterday.

“No AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccines in Sarawak. Those who would like to have AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines will have to walk into any of the Vaccination Centres in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur. Not in Sarawak,” he wrote.

Yesterday, Science Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had offered the Sarawak government to consider using AstraZeneca vaccine, so that the state can complete its innoculation exercise in time for its upcoming state elections.

Khairy had also said that the AstraZeneca vaccine would not be included under the ongoing vaccination plan but would be given to those who want it voluntarily on a first-come-first-served basis.

While there were cases of users of that vaccine suffering from blood clot, experts have said that they were very rare and it is still safe to use.