Dr Sim: Vaccination expected to reach those in their fifties by next week

Dr Sim, Wee and Ting (from left to right) meeting through Facebook live to discuss on the latest Covid-19 and vaccination situation.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, June 19: Covid-19 vaccination is expected to reach those in their fifties by next week based on the speed of vaccine administration at the Batu Kawa health clinic, says State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“At Batu Kawa health clinic last week, they were vaccinating those in their seventies, and this week the sixties. By next week I believe the fifties will have their turn and the week after that the forties,” he said.

With the constant supply of 380,000 vaccine doses from the federal government weekly since the first week of June, he said the vaccination rate in Sarawak is ramping up now.

He said yesterday (June 18) alone, Sarawak managed to deliver altogether almost 50,000 doses in one day.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing, assured that at such a pace, all registered individuals in the State will soon be getting their first vaccine doses at least in the coming one or two months.

Meanwhile, he expressed gratitude to all medical officers, including those in private hospitals and clinics, and not forgetting those who volunteered to practice during this time.

“I would like to thank the private hospitals and private general practitioner (GP) clinics who are willing to help despite their own difficulties.

“Many of them, who usually had to work for only eight hours, are now working up to 16 hours a day.

“Even our former Sarawak Health Department director Dr Yao Sik Chi and other (retirees) volunteered to help with the vaccination in the evenings,” he said when attending the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng’s Facebook live session as one of the invited guests today.

With that, he urged everyone to remain patient and for those attending their vaccination appointment not to arrive too early to avoid congestion at vaccination centres.

Also present in the Facebook live today was Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting. — DayakDaily