KUCHING: Nearly everyone above 18 years old in Sarawak will need to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19, says state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
He said the move was necessary as 30% of the state’s population were below 18, while the target for herd immunity was to vaccinate 70% of the population.
“Almost 100% of those aged above 18 need to receive the jabs, so this is quite a challenging task.
“If we don’t vaccinate 70% of the people, we will not get herd immunity or protection for the community, ” he said at a webinar on Covid-19 vaccination and its impact on Sarawak business organised by the Sarawak Business Federation yesterday.
Dr Sim, who oversees public health, said the state’s vaccination programme would be launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg tomorrow.
The first batch of vaccines arrived in the state yesterday.
“We want to start soonest and vaccinate as many people as possible, ” he said.
He added that Sarawak aimed to vaccinate 2.2 million people by August, ahead of the national target of February next year.
This will comprise two million Sarawakians and 200,000 non-Sarawakians residing in the state.