200 vaccinated on first day of AztraZeneca opt-in programme in Miri

Lee (blue shirt, standing) speaking to a vaccination registrant.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, June 7: The first day of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccination programme at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) here went smoothly, with 200 people receiving their first dose of the vaccine as of 2pm today.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is being administered on an opt-in basis and by appointment under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme which was opened to the public to book slots since May 23.

A brief check at IKBN Miri earlier today found that some of those with appointments had arrived as early as 8am.

Also present was Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin who is also Miri Division Disaster Management Committee (MDDMC) minister-in-charge.

Lee when met after inspecting the vaccination rollout said that the recipients had given positive feedback.

“All processes were followed and the systems worked well,” he revealed.

According to the Miri Division Health Office, the AstraZeneca vaccination programme from today until June 9 will see the disbursement of 200 doses a day to recipients aged 60 and above.

Meanwhile, notice of appointments for the second vaccine dose would be sent through the MySejahtera application.

From June 10 to July 27, a total of 400 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be administered per day.

On another note, Lee reminded the public not to fall victims to any misleading claim about Covid-19 vaccines on social media.

“Please check your facts before sharing the information,” he emphasised, adding that false information shared online is fueling vaccine hesitancy among some quarters.

“We must work together in the fight against Covid-19. The Sarawak government is committed to ensuring that the State’s population is vaccinated to achieve herd immunity,” he said. — DayakDaily