KUCHING: Thirteen veteran media personnel in Sarawak will be among frontliners vaccinated in the first phase of the Covid-19 immunisation programme in the state which starts on Friday (Feb 26).
This follows the call by the Federation of Sarawak Journalists Associations (FSJA) to the state disaster management committee to consider the media as frontliners to be included in the first phase.
"As the media play an important role in the dissemination of information from the government to the public, it is crucial for the media - especially those in the field - to be among the first few inoculated against Covid-19," FSJA president Jacqueline Radoi David said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 25).
She said other media personnel would be included in phases two and three of the vaccination programme as advised by the state disaster management committee.
"They are encouraged to sign up via MySejahtera," she added.
The first batch of vaccines arrived in Kuching on Wednesday evening (Feb 24), comprising 23,400 doses for frontliners.
Phase one of the vaccination runs until March 31 and will cover 97,161 frontliners while phases two and three will start on April 1 for an estimated 900,000 elderly and high-risk individuals and a further 900,000 individuals aged above 18.