9,938 teachers, caregivers of childcare centres vaccinated

Fatimah speaking to local media during a press conference in Miri.

MIRI: Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah on Sunday (Aug 8) revealed that 98 percent or 9,938 of the 10,133 teachers and caregivers at childcare centres in Sarawak had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister hoped that this figure would assure parents that it was safe for them to send their children back to the childcare centres.

“Statistics from the Sarawak Health Department, as of August 5 this year, showed that we have surpassed our targets,” she added.  

Fatimah also revealed that half of the teachers had completed their second vaccine doses.

Fatimah was in Miri for a one-day visit to two temporary shelters which accommodated 24 homeless here for the vaccination drive.

She said besides the homeless folk, other vulnerable people such as those with disabilities (OKU)and senior citizens had also been given priority in the vaccination programme to achieve herd immunity.

“We want to ensure no one is left behind,” Fatimah pointed out.

Quoting statistics from the State Health department as of Aug 5 this year, Fatimah said 12,979 OKU had received their first vaccine doses while 8,442 had completed their doses.

She added 339, 880 senior citizens in the state had been inoculated with the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine while 303,206 had completed their second doses.