Sarawak targets 42,500 Covid-19 vaccinations per day

The vaccines being unloaded from the plane.

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK is targeting 42,500 vaccinations per day by setting up more vaccination centres throughout the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas said there are currently 130 government clinics and hospitals administering the vaccine, with total daily vaccination capacity around 24,300 doses.

“We will set up another 102 Covid-19 vaccination centres using stadiums, community halls, offices and longhouses to reach our target of 42,500 vaccinations daily,” he said yesterday.

The government had also roped in 42 private clinics in Sarawak, of which 40 had already started administering the vaccination, while others are still in the process of registration.

“They (private clinics) are expected to vaccinate 3,366 individuals each week and would be operational three days a week. They will eventually increase operations to five days a week,” he said after witnessing the arrival of a consignment of 380,000 doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at the Kuching International Airport (KIA) cargo area yesterday.

“Sarawak had done extensive planning in the last few months to fully utilise the upsurge in supplies. We have looked into establishing more vaccination centres, government facilities and private clinics and hospitals as well as setting up mobile teams to reach interior areas.”

Uggah said special outreach mobile teams would be set up in the state interiors.

“We have, for instance, engaged 11 mobile teams in the Song, Kapit, Bukit Mabong and Belaga districts. Each team will come to a designated centre where longhouse folks and villagers in each area will have to converge.”

“Each team is expected to vaccinate 250 individuals daily.”

As of May 27, a total 1,255,948 people (61.5 per cent) out of the state’s two million population, who are above 18 years old had registered.

As of June 8, Sarawak had the second highest number of two-dose vaccinations at 124,820 and third highest for first dose at 256,044.