SIXTY more vaccination centres will be set up in Sarawak as authorities try to speed up the inoculation against Covid-19.
State Health Department said the 60 centres will be in addition to the 55 centres already designated as vaccination centres.
State Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said in a social media update that the health department also planned to get private medical centres to be among the vaccination centres.
“The plan is to vaccinate two million Sarawakians and 200,000 non-Sarawakians in the next six months”.
He said the vaccines to all vaccination centres will be supplied from eight vaccine storage centres in Sarawak.
Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Sri Aman, Sarikei and Limbang will each have a storage facility for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
In Sibu, Sarawak’s worst-hit district, the vaccine has been delivered to the public hospital there, reports The Vibes.
Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee said the vaccination schedules will begin simultaneously with Kuching.
“Arrangements are being made for the first batch of frontliners in Sibu to get their jabs. The vaccines have been successfully and safely delivered to Sibu.”
Authorities have said that Sarawak needs to inoculate about three million people to attain herd immunity.
The state has so far registered 78 deaths and nearly 9,000 Covid-19 infections.