Dr Sim: Prioritise vaccinating all registered Sarawakians with first dose in June, second dose by July

Seen are Dr Sim (second right) and Uggah (third right) in a meeting with JKNS about the vaccination rollout plan on May 21, 2021.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 24: The Ministry of Health (MOH) through Sarawak State Health Department (JKNS) has been urged to change its vaccination policy of keeping Covid-19 vaccines for second doses, and prioritise administering first doses to all registered Sarawakians first.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Sim Kui Hian said he had suggested this to JKNS and if implemented, a total of some 1.142 million registered Sarawakians would be able to get their first doses in June.


“(I have) suggested to JKNS to change the policy: to keep the second (vaccine) dose operation and let all the almost one million registered Sarawakians who have been waiting to have their first dose in June,” he said in a post on social today.

On May 21, Dr Sim who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing, visited JKNS with SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to discuss details of the State’s current rollout of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (Pick).

Dr Sim then revealed that as of May 19, there were 1,142,741 Sarawakians who have already registered for their Covid-19 vaccination through the MySejahtera application.

He also said by July, all registered Sarawakians would be able to receive their second doses as well. — DayakDaily