By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, June 25: The Ministry of Youth and Sports Sarawak has written to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to request for the State athletes and their coaches to be given priority to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.
Its Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the letter was submitted by the Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee last week.
“We have written in to SDMC requesting for our State athletes whether they are Sukma (Malaysian Games) athletes or not, and the officials or coaches who are looking after them, to be given priority to be vaccinated.
“Our facilities like Stadium Perpaduan is being used for vaccination programme so it is very easy; we can just call the athletes to get the vaccines once we receive the green light from SDMC,” he said at a press conference during his visit to the first Tourism Sector Industrial Covid-19 Vaccination Centre (PPVI) at the Association of Churches Sarawak, Jalan Stampin here today.
He further pointed out that most of the athletes are still young and therefore, they are not eligible yet to be in the queue to be called for the vaccination.
“However, we hope that the green light is given by SDMC so that each sports association where we have State athletes who are currently preparing for Sukma, can bring them (athletes) over to get vaccinated.
“So far, we have yet to get any feedback but the message has already been sent to SDMC,” he added. — DayakDaily