By S. Harrish
SARAWAK will start its Covid-19 vaccination programme on Feb 27, with about 40,000 frontliners expected to receive the shots.
Sarawak health director Dr Chin Zin Hing said there will be 56 vaccination centres, including hospitals and clinics, to handle the inoculations.
“We have about 97,000 frontliners, including healthcare workers and non-healthcare personnel,” he said today.
He said the vaccination centres will be arranging appointments for the frontliners to receive the vaccine soon.
“We want to make sure they come back on time, which is 21 days later, for the second dose – for the vaccine to take effect,” he said.
He said the second phase was expected to kick-start in April but depended on the vaccine supplies.
Meanwhile, Sarawak recorded 246 new Covid-19 cases today although the national tally continues to show a downward trend.
Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the total number of cases in the state is now 6,832 while the death toll remains at 61.
SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said Sibu recorded 171 cases, followed by Kapit (22), Julau (21), Samarahan (12), Kuching (8), Bintulu (6), Tatau (2), Miri (2) and one each in Dalat and Bau.
Meanwhile, the health ministry reported 2,176 Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths nationwide in the past 24 hours.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the total number of infections now stands at 266,445, with 47,135 active cases.
There are 260 patients in the ICU with 112 on respirators.
The 10 deaths bring the number of fatalities to 975.
All involved Malaysians with other medical conditions. Five were from Selangor, two from Kuala Lumpur and one each from Sabah, Johor and Perak.
Selangor had 910 cases, followed by Johor (269), Sarawak (246), Kuala Lumpur (182), Negeri Sembilan (145), Sabah (97), Penang (91), Perak (83), Terengganu (53), Kedah (33), Kelantan (31), Pahang (15), Malacca (14) and Putrajaya (7).
Perlis and Labuan did not record any new infections.