Covid-19 vaccine expected to arrive in the state at end January

Dr Chin Zin Hing (file pic)

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Jan 7: The Covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Sarawak at the end of this month.

Sarawak Health Department director Dr Chin Zin Hing, in disclosing this, however, was not sure the exact date they will arrive.

“We hope that the vaccines will arrive on schedule,” he told DayakDaily when approached today prior to the press conference of Covid-19 update today.

On whether Sarawak has readied special refrigerated storage space for the vaccines, Dr Chin assured that there will be no problem as the storage facility will be part of the package.

Meanwhile, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas had on Dec 23 assured that the Sarawak government had been planning ahead on infrastructure readiness in terms of logistics for the distribution of vaccines across the state.

A task force has been set up, led by former health directors Prof Datuk Dr Andrew Kiyu and Dr Jamilah Hashim including Dr Chin, to handle the distribution and transportation of the Covid-19 vaccine across Sarawak once available.

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said the Sarawak government has targeted 100 percent vaccination for the population in the State.

More importantly, the vaccines will be provided free to all Sarawakians as the Sarawak government had pledged to absorb all costs including logistics.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that this commitment demonstrated that the Sarawak government cares for the health and well being of the people.