BINTULU: Sarawak has roped in private hospitals to help administer the Covid-19 vaccines, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
This followed the recent procurement of 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine by the state government to boost the vaccine rollout in the state.
“I thank Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for the approval for Sarawak to buy its own vaccines. For the first phase, we have obtained 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines and we will buy another 500,000 for the second phase.
“We are also allowed to rope in private hospitals that have been gazetted to administer the vaccines to the public especially in the urban areas. This will expedite the vaccination to those who need it,” he said after a briefing on the Covid-19 situation in Bintulu yesterday (May 19).
Abang Johari said with the private hospitals allowed to administer the vaccines, corporations and plantations now can vaccinate their workers at the private medical institutions.
“They can contact the approved hospitals and it will vaccinate the workers. But the companies have to organise it themselves.
“The vaccine is free from the state government, perhaps they only have to pay for the services rendered by the private practitioners — they (the hospitals) are currently negotiating for a standard price among themselves,” he said.
Abang Johari said vaccination is the answer to contain the current spread of Covid-19 in Sarawak along with self-discipline among the people.
“So, on these two things we have obtained the approval of the federal government and Sarawak will procure the Covid-19 vaccine by itself,” he said.
Last week, Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapa’ee said the state government had obtained 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to be used in its vaccine rollout.
The vaccine is expected to arrive in a week’s time.