PICKids in Sarawak approaching second dose rollout as more Pfizer vaccines arrive

The shipment of 54,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine arriving at Kuching International Airport yesterday (March 11). Photo: Dr Sim Kui Hian's Facebook page

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KUCHING, Mar 11: The Sarawak National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) is approaching the roll-out of second doses for children aged five to 11 following another shipment of 54,000 Pfizer vaccines to Kuching.

Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Pfizer vaccines have arrived at Kuching International Airport (KIA) on March 10 (yesterday).

“Thanks to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) for the smooth collaboration.

“Without the teachers, parents, and children themselves, we would not be able to roll out (the programme) smoothly,” he said in a Facebook post yesterday.

He further recalled that back in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the State, many were anticipating the arrival of vaccines to fight the virus, and vaccines have been made available since last year.

“We all need to play our role and do our parts in our fight against the Omicron variant. Let’s fight Covid-19 together,” he said, calling for more people to turn up and get their vaccine shots.

According to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) CovidNow, since PICKids in Sarawak was implemented on February 3 this year, Sarawak has achieved a vaccination rate of 60.6 per cent for children to date. ― DayakDaily