KAPIT: Since June 21 this year, the Combat Medic Vaccination Team (CMVT) of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) has administered a total of 6,801 vaccination doses to the residents in rural areas of Sarawak.
Of the figure, 3,659 were first doses and 3,142 were second doses.
A spokesman from the First Infantry Division said the team was always ready to assist in the vaccination of the rural population in other locations if needed.
The team will be carrying out second dose vaccination in Nanga Jagau, Kanowit on Sunday (July 31) and Pasai Siong, Sibu on Aug 3 to 5.
“Last week from July 22 to 25, residents in Bukit Mabong involving the areas of Long Busang, Sang Anau and Long Unai in Belaga, completed their first and second doses.
“Residents of Long Busang and Sang Anau had their first doses on July 2 to 4 and last week, 607 residents in Long Busang and 67 in Sang Anau completed their two doses.
“Meanwhile, 151 residents in Long Unai have just completed their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine,” the spokesman said.
The CMVT team, which comprised four medical officers and 16 paramedics, remained enthusiastic despite the challenges of travelling nearly eight hours by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles from Kapit to Long Busang and an additional four hours by boat from Long Busang to Sang Anau.
The collaboration between the First Infantry Division and the Sarawak government to execute the vaccination process at Outreach Vaccination Centres helps speed up the vaccination process in the rural areas.
In addition, it also helps to speed up the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunization Programme (PICK) in the state.