At least 80 pct in Satok vaccinated

Ibrahim (third left) with Segedup vaccination outreach programme coordinator Dr Lenny Martini (fourth left), PBB Satok branch vice chairman Hilmy Othman (second left), Abdul Samat, Kampung Segedup Penghulu Sulaiman Awi and others posing for a photograph. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: At least 80 percent of the eligible population in Satok constituency have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to date.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Satok Division deputy chief Datuk Ibrahim Baki said that the percentage is equivalent to 11,000 out of the 14,000 of Satok’s population.

“We started the vaccination programme for Satok at Jalan Masjid Health Clinic vaccination centre (PPV) at Majma Hall since June 30.

“Thus far, we have exceeded our initial target of inoculating 8,000 people,” he told reporters after a visit to the Segedup vaccination outreach programme at Kampung Segedup’s Haji Kamarudin Ahmad Hall yesterday (July 11).

He said that the vaccination programme for Satok constituency will continue right up to August in response to the state government’s call to reach its target to vaccinate 80 percent of the state’s population by next month.

“Now, 80 percent of Satok’s population have gotten the first dose, and hopefully we will reach more than 90 percent.

“I think in the next few days, we will be able to reach the anticipated target,” he said.

On Sarawak’s Covid-19 immunisation programme, he said that the state is one of the highest in terms of the number of people who have been vaccinated.

“About 60 percent of the state’s population have received the first dose, while the second dose is at about 27 percent.

“Looking at this, I think by the end of August, Sarawak will achieve its target,” he said.

Meantime, he also conveyed his appreciation to all those involved in ensuring the smooth implementation of the vaccination programme.

He said the gratitude goes to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), Ministry of Health (MOH), respective stakeholders, Satok Disaster Bureau, community leaders, medical professional, enforcement agencies as well as the volunteers.

“The vaccination process is very smooth. I must congratulate everybody as everybody was able to work as a team.

“This does not only apply for Satok area, but the whole of Sarawak. This means that Sarawakians are good in cooperating with the government towards achieving herd immunity by August,” said Ibrahim.

Also present was political secretary to chief minister Abdul Samat Gany.