Sibu Hospital To Complete Covid-19 Vaccination With Fresh Supply: Khairy

By Boo Su-Lyn | 22 March 2021

Khairy Jamaluddin says 60% of Sibu Hospital frontliners have already received their Covid-19 shots, while the remaining staff will get vaccinated by April 7.

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — Sibu Hospital is scheduled to complete Covid-19 vaccination for its staff with a new arrival of Pfizer-BioNTech doses, Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

The vaccine minister said 1,338 frontliners in Sibu Hospital in Sarawak, or 60 per cent of frontline hospital staff, have already been vaccinated, leaving a remainder of 1,007 staff who haven’t received their jabs yet.

A total of 121 and 600 Sibu Hospital staff will get vaccinated on March 28 and April 7 respectively, while 286 health care workers have opted not to take the Covid-19 vaccine because they are pregnant or nursing, or for other reasons.

“So hopefully, with the new arrival of the Pfizer vaccines, we can finish the vaccinations in Sibu Hospital,” Khairy told a virtual press conference today on the national Covid-19 vaccination programme.

He added that based on logistics, all medical frontline workers, including Sibu Hospital staff, will receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine.

Sibu is currently the worst-hit district in Sarawak, reporting 651 Covid-19 cases in the past 14 days, the highest in the state. There are 664 active coronavirus cases in Sibu.

Malaysia is scheduled to receive 124,020 Pfizer doses today, plus another 125,190 Pfizer doses on March 29. This means a total 1,000,350 Pfizer doses will be delivered to Malaysia by month end.

The Sibu Hospital director told CodeBlue last week that the Ministry of Health facility could only vaccinate half of its staff with the first dose in the first phase of the national Covid-19 inoculation drive due to limited vaccine supplies, scheduling the other half in April.

Sibu Hospital had not yet even inoculated 150 staff working in Covid-related wards, even as house officers have complained about not getting vaccinated.

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