SARAWAK is planning to inoculate teenagers aged 16 and 17 with the Covid-19 vaccines soon, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
Working together with the Health and Education Departments, the SDMC also planned to roll out the vaccination for this cohort at the speed it carried out the immunisation plan for those aged above 18.
“We are planning to have a discussion on vaccinating this group of teenagers next week and we hope to roll out the vaccination as fast as possible, mirroring our achievement of high vaccination rate among those aged 18 and above” Dr Sim was quoted in The Borneo Post.
There are 101,000 students in the age group in 194 secondary schools in Sarawak.
The Local Government and Housing Minister said the students would be vaccinated at their respective schools since the teachers would have known their students very well.
“Maybe the parents could just drop off their children at their schools to be vaccinated and later, pick them up in the afternoon. We have to make sure that the vaccines would be made available and at least 194 teams comprising nurses and doctors would be deployed to these schools,” he added.