By Karen Bong
KUCHING, June 16: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Covid-19 vaccination centre (PPV) is set to administer 3,000 vaccine shots today and increased its daily inoculation to 5,000 shots by Friday.
As Sarawak’s vaccination drive has shifted into high gear in a race against time to vaccinate as many people as possible, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that the addition of Unimas in the State Covid-19 Immunisation Programme will contribute greatly in accelerating vaccination especially for Kuching and Samarahan’s population.
“Within two days since Unimas PPV was activated (at its DeTAR Putra hall), it has administered 1,000 doses of vaccines.
“Today, the daily inoculation will be increased to 3,000 doses. This is an increase of more than 100 per cent. And it is estimated that by Friday, they will manage 5,000 vaccinations per day,” he told a press conference after visiting the Unimas PPV, Kota Samarahan today.
Abang Johari added that the Unimas PPV was handled by 600 Unimas staff consisting of 150 with medical background including doctors and nurses while 450 are non-medical staff including students and volunteers to assist in the vaccination process.
He also expressed satisfaction with the entire vaccination process and work flow at the Unimas PPV which was equipped with advanced technology including its own automated queueing system called QVAC developed by Unimas researchers.
“As the higher learning institution is equipped with advanced technology, the vaccination procedure itself is quite advanced with its own queueing system like the one used in banks.
“The process along the vaccination journey from start until observation is very smooth. And before exiting (the PPV), recipients have been given their next appointment date already. As all information is already in the system, it will be very convenient for their second visit.
“This for sure will be a boost for the facility to cater for the vaccination of the community especially in Samarahan to get their vaccine shots,” he added.
Abang Johari congratulated and thanked the Unimas management and manpower for answering the call of the Sarawak government in joining in the effort to combat Covid-19 pandemic.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Unimas vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and State Health Department deputy director Dr Rosemawati Ariffin were among those present. — DayakDaily