300 get to experience ‘jab first, register later’

Len (second right) with Yusuf (third left) at the mobile PPV.

KUCHING: Three hundred rural folk at the Sarikei district mobile vaccination centre (PPV) here learned what the ‘jab first, register later’ concept is all about today (June 19).

They walked in, got vaccinated and registered themselves later – all in a space of less than an hour, perhaps even less than half – unlike the conventional approach of registering yourselves first, and perhaps having to wait for as long as two or three months to get your first jab.

Urban Development and Natural Resources Assistant Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the PPV here decided to adopt the unorthodox approach to vaccinate the residents.

“This approach is an initiative of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government to ensure that the people, especially rural dwellers, are not left behind in getting the vaccine.

“Today, a total of 300 people were vaccinated,” he said during his visit to the mobile PPV at SK Muara Payang, Sarikei. Also present were Tanjung Manis MP Yusuf Abdul Wahab.

Len said the vaccinated residents were longhouse dwellers from Rh Jugah, Rh Benang ak Pirang, Rh Sumping ak Bayi, Rh Petter Jai ak Anggan, Rh Sujang ak Chundan and Rh Muli ak Nyantau.

“This programme lasts for two days starting Saturday and will end Sunday afternoon. It is aimed at assisting the government’s efforts to achieve herd immunity by August.

“The latest vaccination approach implemented by the GPS government has received a positive response among the rural and urban population,” he said.

Also present were Sarikei Division Resident Felicia Tan Ya Hua; Sarikei district officer Christopher Ranggau Unting and Sarikei divisional health office medical officer Dr Johnny Ling.