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By Karen Bong and Ling Hui
KUCHING, March 19: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has received his second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, three weeks after getting his first one.
He sat for his shot at the vaccination centre at Indoor Stadium here today which was broadcast live on Ukas Facebook channel.
Looking cheerful and lively, Abang Johari remained calm throughout the process and later gave a sign to show that he has received the jab.
The second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine was also administered to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, State Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing and Kuching Health Division officer Dr Eunice Melissa Joseph.
Abang Johari had received the first dose of the vaccine on Chap Goh Meh of Feb 26 to kick off the State vaccine rollout against Covid-19 in Sarawak.
Meanwhile, a total of 30,634 individuals with majority of them being frontliners have received the first dose of vaccine as of March 14 in Sarawak.
Sarawak, which led the vaccination race in Malaysia at the beginning, has dropped to the second spot as Perak now took the lead with 31,675 individuals inoculated.
This was followed by Kuala Lumpur (28,244), Pahang (25,128), Sabah (24,042), Johor (21,835), Kedah (17,114), Pulau Pinang (16,255), Kelantan (15,339), Terengganu (13,070), Negeri Sembilan (12,209), Melaka (7,963), Perlis (6,807), Putrajaya (3,827) dan Labuan (2,342).
Sarawak is currently in the first phase of the National Immunisation for Covid-19 Programme which will involve 97,161 frontliners.
The second and third phases are expected to kick off simultaneously from April to August 2021 involving 956,435 elderly and those in the high-risk groups while 99,834 healthy individuals 18 years and above will be last to be vaccinated.
Sarawak is targeting to vaccinate 2.2 million of the population including foreign workers and illegal immigrants by August 2021 in order to achieve at least 70 per cent herd immunity. — DayakDaily