150 policemen in Sibu receive vaccine

Sibu police receiving their jab at Lanang Health Clinic.

SIBU: A total of 150 of the 578 policemen and administrative staff of the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) in this division have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said they would receive the second dose 21 days later after the first dose.

“Priority will be given to frontliners of PDRM while those who work in the administration will not yet receive their injections,” he said.

As for police members from the General Operations Force (GOF), Stanley said that the members were not under his management.

“The GOF commander in Kuching will arrange and look into the matter,” he said here today (March 5).

 A total of 10,801 individuals and frontliners in Sarawak were given the first dose on March 2.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said of the total, 10,037 were health workers, while 764 others were from other departments or agencies.

The first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the state containing 23,400 doses which arrived on Feb 24 has been distributed to Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Kapit and Mukah divisions from Feb 25 onwards.

Last Wednesday, the state received a second batch of vaccines containing 31,590 doses.

Sarawak is expected to receive four more shipments for the first phase of the state-level Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme which includes the frontliners.

The third and fourth shipments of 4,680 doses are scheduled to arrive on March 10 and March 17 respectively while the last two deliveries will arrive on March 24 (14,040 doses) and March 31 (9,360 doses).

On the Covid-19 situation, Stanley said two areas, namely the Sibu Jaya Flat and the Sentosa Phase II Resettlement Scheme, were still under the enhanced movement control order (Emco) and the situation was under control.

He said barbed wire fences had been installed in all seven blocks of Sibu Jaya Flat following the Emco extension from March 5 to 11.

The seven blocks are Blocks C, H, J, K, L, N and R.

Town Villa Flat and housing in Sibu Jaya were placed under Emco from Feb 12 to Feb 25 following the surge in Covid-19 cases in both areas.

Regarding the Emco in the Sentosa Resettlement Phase II Scheme, Stanley said the police had set up roadblocks (SJR) to prevent residents from entering and exiting the targeted area freely.