State Health director optimistic Sarawak completes vaccination by mid-August

Dr Mohamed Sapian (file photo).

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, July 4: State Health director Dato Dr Mohamed Sapian Mohamed is optimistic that Sarawak is able to vaccinate at least 80 per cent of its population by the second week of August.

He said this is the current estimation of completion while the target of vaccine doses to be administered is about 60,000 to 65,000 doses per day.


“Our target now is to vaccinate about 60,000 to 65,000 a day, so we estimate that by the second week of August probably, we will be able to complete the vaccination in Sarawak,” he said.

With the current pace of immunisation, he thanked the Sarawak government, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), all frontliners and volunteers for their hard work.

Dr Mohamed Sapian said their efforts especially the volunteers,, including retired doctors and nurses, have reduced the burden of the Health Ministry (MOH) tremendously in term of workforce.

While the ministry is simultaneously focusing on both vaccination and Covid-19 case management, he said more health officers could be arranged to take care of Covid-19 control and prevention with the help of volunteers on the vaccination side.

“We know the number of cases in Sarawak is still around 300 to 500 daily, but there are signs of decrease.

“I hope with everyone’s cooperation, we could reduce the number some more and I’m confident we (Sarawak) will reach the threshold value soon,” he said during his work visit to the vaccination centre at SJK Pending here today.

According to the reports by the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) as of 11.59pm on July 3, Sarawak has administered 1,178,303 first doses and 278,528 second doses, thus altogether 1,456,831 doses.

With that, 41.8 per cent of Sarawak’s total population has been vaccinated with Dose 1 and another 9.9 per cent with Dose 2.

At the same time, 57.7 per cent of the adult population in Sarawak was inoculated with Dose 1 and another 13.6 per cent with Dose 2. — DayakDaily