KUCHING: More than 1,000 doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine have been delivered to four rural clinics in the interior of Miri division, where vaccinations will begin on Saturday (June 12).
Miri divisional disaster management committee minister-in-charge Datuk Lee Kim Shin said 1,760 doses were flown by a Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) helicopter to the Bario, Mulu, Long San and Long Bedian health clinics on Friday (June 11).
"There will be more flights after this to deliver the vaccines in stages to the interior of Miri according to the schedule prepared by the Miri divisional health office with Bomba.
"Each rural clinic receiving the vaccines has medical officers, a stable electricity supply and top-loading freezers to store the vaccines," he said in a statement.
Lee said the four rural clinics would start giving injections on Saturday and the respective district officers and elected representatives had been asked to help contact villagers to come for the vaccination.
He said people in rural areas who had yet to register for the Covid-19 immunisation programme could do so at the vaccination centres.
"In rural areas, registration can be done manually and need not depend solely on MySejahtera," he said.
Lee also said the Miri division received a supply of the Sinovac vaccine from Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (June 10).
Besides the rural clinics, he said the vaccines were distributed by land to various vaccination centres in Miri.