Sarawak finalising preparations to vaccinate children 12 to 17 years old

Uggah (second left) and Dr Sim (in yellow shirt) checking the schools' facilities being considered as PKRCs.

KUCHING, Aug 21: Sarawak is now finalising preparations to vaccinate children aged 12 to 17 years old to protect them against the Covid-19.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas assured today that implementation would be announced when all preparations are in place.

He also appealed to the small group of Sarawakians who have refused or are still reluctant to be vaccinated to do so immediately.

“We still have our vaccination centres in operation statewide.

“Those concerned should approach their respective Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) offices,” he urged.

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said as long as those concerned remained unvaccinated, they would endanger themselves and others around them.

“This is more so now that we are experiencing an increase in positive cases as well as the presence of the more infectious and deadly Delta variant,” he said.

He added that they would also miss out on the relaxation of restrictions offered to those who had been fully vaccinated.

As of yesterday (Aug 20), Sarawak has reached a high immunisation rate with a cumulative 1,864,381 or 90.2 per cent of eligible Sarawakians having received their first dose and another 1,764238 or 85.4 per cent have completed their second doses of vaccines.

Uggah together with Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian,  Deputy State Secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, Education Department director Dr Norsiah Suhaili, Medical Department deputy director Dr Rosmawati  Ariffin and Kuching Resident Sherrina Hussaini had today visited SMK Tabuan Jaya and SMK Tun Abang Haji Openg which are being considered to be turned into Quarantine and Low-Risk Treatment Centres (PKRC) in Kuching.

Measures are being taken by State health authorities in preparation to accommodate the increasing number of Category 1 and 2 Covid-19 patients. — DayakDaily