Sarawak can store up to 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, aims to rollout 50,000 shots per day

Dr Sim (in yellow shirt) monitoring the unloading of a container of vaccines upon arrival at KIA.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 9: Sarawak has the capacity to store up to one million doses of Sinovac vaccine as the State government aims to expedite and push its vaccine rollout to 50,000 shots per day.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian revealed this as another large shipment of 384,000 doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for Sarawak’s June and July supply arrived at Kuching International Airport (KIA) today.

The weekly shipment of Sinovac vaccines stored in a special container.

“This shipment of vaccine doses (is) almost equivalent to the vaccine doses received in March to May for Sarawak.

“This weekly shipment of vaccine is part of the commitment given by (National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme or NCIP Coordinating Minister) Khairy Jamaluddin, Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), Health Minister Dato Sri Dr Adham Baba and Ministry of Health (MOH) under the NCIP to Sarawak for June and July,” he shared on his Facebook page today.

Dr Sim, who is State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor, emphasised that this reflects the spirit of solidarity and united war efforts against the Covid-19 with more private general practitioner (GP) clinics and private hospitals roped in to scale up the State vaccination drive together with public health clinics, general hospitals, mass vaccinations centres (PPVs) and designated PPV for industries.

With AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines rollout as part of the NCIP in Sarawak two days ago, he noted that the vaccination operations have been carried out smoothly and orderly.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has mentioned on June 7 that Sarawak aims to achieve 3,000 jabs daily for the opt-on AZ vaccines through designated vaccination centres at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) and National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) in Miri.

Dr Sim also advised the public not to miss their vaccination appointments by regularly checking their MySejahtera app.

“The Sarawak government will continue to help the Federal government in vaccination for Sarawakians. Start small and scale up fast,” he added.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas was also present to receive the vaccine shipment at KIA today. — DayakDaily