HOSPITAL Sibu is extending its Covid-19 vaccination programme, which was previously only for its specialist clinic patients, to the public.
The programme, which started on July 10, is held every Saturday.
Hospital director Dr Nanthakumar Thirunavukkarasu said it wanted to help Sarawak achieve herd immunity by August.
“All our resources are directed to the vaccination programme,” he said.
Under the first phase of the programme, about 70% of its 15,000 specialist clinic patients received their jabs, along with staff and high-risk patients.
Dr Nanthakumar said it was accepting up to 4,000 people for the programme.
“The target population is in the Permai neighbourhood but we are accepting those from other areas too.
“We will try to have it every week, but it depends on the vaccine supply,” he said
He advised those who had been vaccinated to continue observing the standard operating procedure.
“Don’t let your guard down even after you have been vaccinated.
“You still need to adhere to the SOP such as wearing a face mask,” he said.
Dr Nanthakumar also called on the people to play their role in helping to reduce the number of infections so that the hospital would not be overwhelmed.
“Cases have come down but there are still patients in our ICU.
“The next month is very important as more people get vaccinated.
“We need to break the chain of Covid-19 infections or bring it to a manageable level so other services can resume,” he said.