69.3 pct of children in Sarawak have been vaccinated through PICKids

Ahmad Johnie Zawawi. Photo credit: Ukas

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KUCHING, March 23: A total of 198,095 or 69.3 per cent of children between the ages of 5 to 11 in Sarawak have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine injection through National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) as of March 22.

According to a report from Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), Deputy Health Minister 1 Dato Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali stated that the vaccine has been administered to children aged 5 to 11 years old in schools, health clinics, and hospitals, including private facilities, since February 3.

“Sarawak has achieved the highest level in comparison to other states which have undergone PICKids,” he said today in the Dewan Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur in response to a query from Igan MP Ahmad Johnie Zawawi.

According to Dr Noor Azmi, a total of 286,000 children have been determined to be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Azmi lauded the State government’s commitment, as well as the efforts of teams from the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the Ministry of Education Malaysia in Sarawak, to ensure the success of PICKids, particularly in rural and remote areas.

“In addition, this success was also achieved because the problem of suspicion and doubt from parents about the vaccine is very low in Sarawak,” he added. — DayakDaily