The Borneo Post (Sabah)

RM30 mln approved to deliver Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in S'wak


KUCHING: The state government has approved RM30 million for the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid19 vaccine and to prepare vaccinatio­n facilities throughout Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government aims to vaccinate at least two million Sarawakian­s and 200,000 nonSarawak­ians, which was about 70 per cent of the state’s population, over a period of seven months from February to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.

“Because Sarawak is a very big state, the logistical costs of delivering the vaccines to the rural areas here is very high. So the state government has approved RM30 million allocation to provide facilities and to deliver the vaccines to the rural areas.

“This is so that almost all Sarawakian­s, including those in the rural areas, will get their vaccines,” he told a press conference after launching the Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccinatio­n Programme Phase I for frontliner­s here yesterday.

He said the vaccines would be sent to 54 designated locations statewide where the vaccine would be administer­ed.

“The execution of this programme is a very difficult exercise as it requires extensive planning, and a lot of manpower and logistics given the big size of the state.

“But I am confident that our State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and his highly dedicated team will be able to implement it with success,” he said.

Abang Johari said 97,161 Sarawak front-liners are expected to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine during the first phase of the programme, which will run until March 31.

For the second phase, he said 956,435 recipients consisting the elderly or high risk groups will receive the vaccine throughout April and May.

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