By Ling Hui
KUCHING, June 18: A total of 1,405,883 individuals or 68.82 per cent of the total population in Sarawak have registered for Covid-19 vaccinations through MySejahtera as of 11.59pm yesterday (June 17).
As for the cumulative vaccine doses administered, Sarawak counted 484,869 individuals who have received their first doses and another 172,644 who have gotten their full double doses.
The figures have been escalating in the past one week or so as the Sarawak government ramps up the immunisation rollout by setting up more mass and industrial vaccination centres all around the State while roping in private general practitioner (GP) clinics and private hospitals in the vaccine administration.
As of today, there are 71 registered vaccine administration centres in Sarawak and not including those implemented later or soon to be opened such as the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Bintulu Press Metal Sdn Bhd and the Kidurong BDA Sports Centre.
Based on the data compiled by Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV), Sarawak yesterday alone, managed to deliver 49,720 doses to eligible recipients in just 24 hours.
This was over a fourfold increase from a week ago on June 11, whereby Sarawak was only able to administer altogether 11,793 doses in one day.
As of June 11, the cumulative number of first doses stood at 276,166 and for full double doses 133,516.
Just recently on June 15, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also brought good news when he announced the conditional approval by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of the Convidecia Recombinant Novel Coronavirus Vaccine (Adenovirus Type 5 Vector) produced by the CanSino Biologics Inc, China.
The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas welcomed the announcement as he said Cansino being a single-dose vaccine fits in very well with the Sarawak rural scenario where it is more convenient to transport the vaccines and medical teams to the far interior only once.
Since the commencement of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) in February, 2021, Sarawak has been standing by its target to vaccinate at least 2.2 million or 70 per cent of Sarawak population by August. — DayakDaily