Covid-19: Mobile teams to vaccinate villagers in Sarawak's interior

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah (centre), Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (in yellow shirt), acting state health director Dr Rosemawati Ariffin (third left) and others giving the thumbs-up in front of a container with the newly-arrived Sinovac vaccine at Kuching International Airport.

KUCHING: Mobile outreach teams will be set up in Sarawak's interior to carry out Covid-19 vaccinations, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

The Deputy Chief Minister said 11 mobile teams have been deployed to Song, Kapit, Bukit Mabong and Belaga districts.

"The teams will go to a designated centre where longhouse residents and villagers will converge.

Each team is expected to vaccinate 250 individuals daily," he said after witnessing the arrival of 380, 000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine at the Kuching International Airport on Wednesday (June 9).

Uggah said the state had done extensive planning over the last few months to fully utilise the upsurge in vaccine supplies, with weekly large-scale deliveries expected from now on.

Besides the mobile teams, he said the state had looked into establishing more vaccination centres at government facilities, private clinics and private hospitals.

"We have identified 130 government clinics and hospitals where the total daily vaccination capacity is expected to be 24, 300. We are also going to set up public vaccination centres in 102 stadiums, community halls, offices and longhouses. The target is to reach 42, 500 vaccinations daily," he said.

On private sector engagement, Uggah said the government had roped in 42 private clinics, of which 40 had started giving vaccinations.

The private clinics are expected to vaccinate 3, 366 individuals a week.

Six more private hospitals will also be engaged in addition to the five which have started giving vaccinations.

"They will have a combined total capacity of 5, 000 to 7, 000 jabs per day," Uggah said.

He also said there were two vaccination centres for the AstraZeneca vaccine at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching and the National Youth Skills Institute in Miri.

"The target is for both centres to vaccinate a combined total of 4, 400 individuals each day," he said.

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