Bintulu aims to have 85pct of population vaccinated by August

Dr Rundi (second right) during his visit to the PPVIN. Photo: Ukas

KUCHING: The Bintulu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) is targeting to vaccinate 85 percent of Bintulu residents by August this year, with 6,000 residents being vaccinated every day.

Bintulu DDMC minister in charge Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said for this to be achieved, the federal government must continue to supply the Covid-19 vaccines according to the set schedule.

“We have successfully provided Covid-19 vaccine to urban residents by setting up vaccination centres (PPVs) and vaccination outreach programmes for rural residents in which the Health Ministry mobile team will travel to Tubau, Jelalong, Pandan and Binyo.

“The ‘jab first, register later’ system is also used so that the names of the residents will be listed in the database of the vaccinated population.”

He spoke to the media after visiting the Kidurong Club industrial vaccination centre (PPVIN) on Thursday (July 1), as reported by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

He said the outreach programme was done to enable rural residents to get the vaccine without having to go to the PPVs in urban areas or register through MySejahtera due to the lack of Internet connectivity.

Dr Rundi, who is also Utilities Minister, called on the community to cooperate and support frontliners in carrying out their duties.

“While the downward trend of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak is encouraging, frontliners are still working hard.

“We have no choice but to carry out roadblocks that cause traffic congestion and the need to do swab tests because the standard operating procedure needs to be tightened.

“This is due to areas such as Bintulu, Kuching, Miri and Sibu having high number of Covid-19 cases daily.”