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KUCHING, Oct 2: Sarawak will begin rolling out Covid-19 booster shots to high risk individuals some time next week, says State Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
He said the Covid-19 vaccines to be used for the booster shot are Pfizer and Sinovac.
“This is because Kuala Lumpur has started supplying us more on Pfizer vaccines and we have leftover stock of Sinovac vaccines,” he told reporters after the World Rabies Day 2021 event at Tegas Digital Hub, Icom Square in Kuching today.
He further disclosed that Ministry of Health (MOH) deputy director-general (public health) Datuk Dr Chong Chee Keong who is in charge of the Covid-19 situation in Greater Klang Valley (Klang Valley, Selangor and nearby areas) will arrive in Sarawak tomorrow (Oct 3).
“He will spend some time with us (to deliberate on the vaccination programme) as Sarawak is the first State to achieve high rate of vaccination and then recording a surge in Covid-19 cases and breakthroughs,” he added.
The booster shots will involve those aged 60 and above as well as those with serious comorbidities only.
However, Dr Sim said Sarawak is very keen to keep the third dose vaccination going for other groups in the general population too.
“We are now waiting for final details from the medical experts about whether we are allowed to mix (the doses of vaccine) or not. This has to come from the medical experts. I do not want to say more than that,” he added. – DayakDaily