State health authority admits mix-up over vaccination dates for patients on standby list

Dr Chin Zin Hing (file pic)

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, April 20: A mix-up over vaccination dates has resulted in half of the patients of a clinic been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Acknowledging this, Sarawak Health Director Dr Chin Zin Hing said these patients are those with comorbidities and were on the Standby List.

“Sarawak Health Department was informed in early April to get ready a ‘Standby List’ consisting of frontliners and patients with chronic diseases.

“Those on the list were supposed to be on standby to be given vaccines on April 20, 2021.

“The initial plan was to vaccinate 800 frontliners and also those (the patients with comorbidities) on the Phase 2 Standby List.

“However, on April 16, Sarawak Health Department was told that there were some problems on ‘lot release’ by the Health Ministry and the vaccines could not be sent to Sibu District,” said Dr Chin in a press conference to give updates on the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak here today .

As the shipment was not confirmed, no one on the standby list was informed of the date they were to receive their vaccination.

“There was however, some confusion with regards to the date of vaccination in a clinic, resulting in the clinic administering the vaccine to half of its patients who suffer comorbidity.

“And these patients who received the vaccination were those on the Standby List,” explained Dr Chin. — DayakDaily