Sarawak to vaccinate healthy teens aged 12 to 15

A file photo of Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas speaking during a press conference.

KUCHING, Sept 21: Sarawak plans to vaccinate teenagers with no health issues aged 12 to 15 beginning this Sept 23.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today, this was following the announcement by Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday.

“He (Khairy) had said teenagers aged 12 to 17 would be able to walk-in for their Covid-19 vaccination at selected vaccination centres (PPVs) nationwide.


“Khairy had also said the Ministry of Health (MOH) would announce the list of selected PPVs today,” Uggah said in a statement.

Some 3.2 million teenagers are expected to be involved in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for Adolescents.

It is done in preparation for the reopening of schools on Oct 3 and to ensure the risk of infection in schools is reduced. It is also to prevent clusters and cases among school children.

Uggah advised parents and guardians to make full use of the opportunity to protect their children or those under their charge.

“In Sarawak, the respective divisional health offices will select the PPVs for the purpose.

“Please accompany your children for the vaccination as there will be the consent forms that you, as a parent and guardian, will have to fill in,” he said.

Meanwhile, Uggah also revealed the State had just received a consignment of 10,000 doses of the CanSino vaccine.

The CanSino vaccine will be sent to the CFLN (Cawangan Farmasi Logistik Negeri Sarawak) Sarawak here, PFB (Pusat Farmasi Bahagian) Sri Aman, KK (Klinik Kesihatan) Mid Layar, PFB Sarikei, Sarikei Hospital, Sibu Hospital, PFB Sibu, PFB Kapit, KK Kapit and KK Song today and tomorrow.

On Sept 24, some will be delivered to KK Bintulu, Bintulu Hospital, KK Belaga, KK Sungai Asap and PFB Miri.

Individuals who receive the CanSino vaccine will only need one dose to complete their vaccination. — DayakDaily