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KUCHING, Oct 11: About 340,000 Sarawakians who are under Priority 1 and 2 category will receive their booster doses in October and November.
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) adviser Datuk Seri Dr. Sim Kui Hian, said Sarawak is setting the precedent for the rest of Malaysia and has been entrusted by the Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Ministry of Health (MOH) and Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), to be the first in Malaysia to start rolling out the booster dose.
“For Sarawak, the Sarawak Covid-19 Advisory Group (SCOVAG) recommended the booster dose for Priority 1 group (about 340,000 people including the high risk and vulnerable above 60-year-olds, as well as medical frontliners), irrespective of their first 2 vaccine doses, whether Pfizer, Sinovac or AstraZaneca, who have more than 3 months (of receiving it).
“SCOVAG would like those in Priority 1 and 2 to receive the booster dose in October and November,” said Dr. Sim in his Facebook posting, yesterday.
In addition, he assured that SCOVAG will work closely with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) to facilitate the rolling out of the booster programme for the other groups.
“This include those below 60 years old with comorbidity and adults who are above 18 years old,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Sim disclosed that a total of 210,600 Pfizer booster doses have arrived in Kuching International Airport (KIA) from Belgium, yesterday evening (Oct 10).
He said the booster doses is part of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) for Sarawak. — DayakDaily.