Covid-19 vaccination in Sarawak to start with frontliners on Feb 27, 2021

Dr Chin Zin Hing (file pic)

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KUCHING, Feb 15:  The first phase of Covid-19 vaccination will be administered to frontliners in 56 medical facilities across Sarawak from Feb 27, 2021.

Sarawak Health director Dr Chin Zing Hin said the first phase of vaccination only involved the frontliners including medical and health personnel, police, army personnel and civil defence force.

He said as it is Pfizer vaccine, it will take two doses to make the vaccine effective.  The frontliners receiving the vaccine will have to return to take a second dose on the 21st day.

A total of 40,000 frontliners will be vaccinated first until the end of March. There are, Dr Chin said, an estimated total of 97,000 frontliners.

“The second phase will be for those 60 and above because they are of high risk group, and also for those above 18 (years of age) and who have underlying illnesses or conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol,” said Dr Chin at a press conference to update Covid-19 today.

He said according to Sarawak Health Department timetable, the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination will start in March but whether it can be done according to the timetable would depend on the supply of the Pfizer vaccine.

The third phase, he said, involved “others”, meaning those below 60 and who do not have any underlying conditions or illnesses.  

Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah pointed out that 2.2 million Sarawakians are eligible for the vaccine.

“All 18 and above are eligible to be vaccinated,” said Uggah at the same press conference.  

The hospitals that will provide the vaccination include Bau Hospital, Lundu Hospital, Sarawak General Hospital, Sarawak Heart Centre, Simunjan Hospital, Serian Hospital, Sri Aman Hospital, Betong Hospital, Saratok Hospital, Sarikei Hospital, Kapit Hospital, Sibu Hospital, Kanowit Hospital, Daro Hospital, Mukah Hospital, Bintulu Hospital, Marudi Hospital, Miri Hospital, Lawas Hospital and Limbang Hospital.

Other health facilities that also provide the vaccination service are Singai Health Clinic, Stukoh Health Clinic, Batu Kawa Health Clinic, Jalan Masjid Health Clinic, Putrajaya Health Clinic, Sentosa Health Clinic, Tanah Putih Health clinic, Kota Sentosa Health Clinic, Asajaya Health Clinic, Sadong Jaya Health Clinic, Simunjan Mother and Child Clinic, Simunjan Town Health Clinic, Serian Mother and Child Clinic, Tebakang Health Clinic, Tarat Health Clinic, Sri Aman Health Clinic, Lubok Antu Health Clinic, Layar Health Clinic, Pusa Health Clinic, Sarikei Health Clinic, Bintangor Health Clinic, Julau Health Clinic, Pakan Health Cliniic, Kapit Health Clinic, Song Health Clinic, Jalan Lanang Health Clinic, Sibu Jaya Health Clinic, Selangau Health Clinic, Mukah Mother and Child Clinic, Belaga Health Clinic, Sungai Asap Health Clinic, Jepak Health Clinic, Tatau Health Clinic, Bandar Miri Health Clinic, Batu Niah Health Clinic and Lawas Health Clinic.  — DayakDaily