12 homeless persons receive second dose

The Homeless Community Vaccination Programme’s mobile operations.

KUCHING: Twelve homeless persons have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday (Sept 12) night.

Social Development Council (MPS) executive secretary Dr Zufar Yadi Brendan Abdullah praised them for keeping their vaccination appointments.

Dr Zufar Yadi Brendan Abdullah

“It is indeed challenging to find them, so we took photos and coordinates of their locations when they got their first dose and we did some mapping.

“We also told them about the appointment date for their second dose. Based on tonight’s turn out, we can see that they are disciplined and have kept their appointments,” he said the Waterfront Amphitheatre vaccination centre on Sunday (Sept 12) night.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Children Development revealed that 83.5 percent or 101 homeless individuals have received at least one dose as of Sept 11.

Of these, 31 are in Kuching; Sibu (28); Miri (23); seven each in Kapit and Sarikei; Serian (three); one each in Samarahan and Betong.

“A total of 69 percent or 70 homeless individuals have completed both doses namely 28 in Sibu; Miri (23); seven each in Kapit and Sarikei; Serian (three); one each in Samarahan and Betong.

“It will be Bintulu division’s turn next to conduct the vaccination operation for the homeless there and it is expected to begin on Sept 18,” it said.

The Homeless Community Vaccination Programme in the state has utilised three different modus operandi, namely, placing the homeless in temporary shelters, bringing those who are cooperative to a vaccination centre, while those with mental health issues and unable to cooperate are also taken to a vaccination centre.