SIBU: Sarawak has achieved the one-million mark in the number of people registered for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Sim Kui Hian.
He then said that registration to be intensified to cover the entire state's population of more than 2 million people.
"We need everyone's help to participate in 'Jom Vaccination Registration', as Sarawak has 1,096,000 (52.9%) registered. How are we to fight for more supplies of the vaccines when we don’t have the number to back our demand," said Sim.
No one will give us more vaccines than necessary, as the vaccine supply is in critical shortage not only in Sarawak or Malaysia, but worldwide," he added in a Facebook post on Thursday (May 6).
He said that he appreciates the efforts of volunteers who had been working day and night with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) in processing the registration, especially those that needed to be done manually.
Sim also said that the state wanted to administer up to 80,000 jabs per day once vaccines are increasingly and exponentially available in the next four to six weeks.
"We already have 150,000 doses of vaccines delivered before the end of April. We are supposed to receive at least another 2,800,000 doses for May-July. Based on our current registration rate, we only need to have 2,000,000 doses," he said.
Sim said under Phase One, a total of 43,875 Sarawakians are eligible, while 950,000 are eligible under Phase Two, and 1,080,000 are eligible for Phase Three.
Meanwhile, he said another weekly scheduled shipment of the vaccines from the National Covid-19 vaccination Program (PiCK) arrived at Kuching International Airport on May 5.
"We will work closely with the Health Ministry and CITF as part of the follow up after the Chief Minister had recently met with the Prime Minister to increase the supply of the vaccine to the state," he said.