Covid-19: S'wak CM receives first jab as state's immunisation programme gets underway

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as Sarawak's immunisation programme got underway on Friday (Feb 26).

Abang Johari arrived at the Petra Jaya health clinic here at 3pm for the jab, which was administered after his consent form was reviewed.

Also receiving the vaccine after him were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian and state Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing.

Dr Sim, a cardiologist by profession, joked that he was usually the one administering injections but was now on the receiving end.

Earlier on Friday, 132 frontliners were given the vaccine at the Kota Samarahan health clinic.

They included three journalists who were among 13 media personnel in Sarawak selected for inclusion in the first phase of the vaccination programme.

Sarawak received its first batch of 23,400 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday evening (Feb 24).

Five more shipments will be sent to the state for a total of 87,750 doses for the first phase until March 31, which covers frontliners.

Phases two and three, covering elderly and high-risk individuals and those above 18 years of age, are scheduled to start on April 1.

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