Combat medic team already in Kapit and Limbang Divisions

The vaccination process in Pasai Siong which gave rise to the Pasai cluster.

SIBU: The armed forces’ outreach vaccination programme in support of the Sarawak’s efforts to achieve herd immunity has already covered Long Busang, Sang Anau, Long Unai and Long Singut in the Kapit Division and Buduk Nur, Long Semada and Long Sukang in the Limbang Division.

“We also went to Nanga Ngungun and Nanga Jagau in Kanowit district and Pasai Siong in the Sibu Division,” said the 9th Malaysian Infantry Brigade in a statement on Saturday (July 31).

It said the programme, which started on June 22, involved four teams consisting of four officers and 16 service members from the 1st Medical Battalion under the 1st Malaysian Infantry Division including teams under the 9th Malaysian Infantry Brigade.

“Earlier, the Combat Medic Vaccination Team (CMVT) of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) also collaborated with the Ministry of Health (MoH) at the Lakis vaccination centre (PPV) from July 14 to July 18 with a total of 2,902 people successfully vaccinated.

“Two hundred and fifteen residents in Nanga Jagau were fully vaccinated on July 30 and July 31,” said the statement.

It added the CMVT ATM remained enthusiastic despite facing challenges of unpaved roads and a journey of almost two hours and 30 minutes using a four-wheel drive vehicle from Sibu to Nanga Jagau.

According to the statement, the vaccination team has been mobilised since June 22.

“It will benefit 7,704 Covid-19 vaccine recipients in remote areas. The immunisation program in the rural area is implemented to help communities to get vaccinations by ‘Inject First, Register Later’,” it added.

The statement added that the implementation of CMVT ATM was a two-pronged approach to enhance the positive image of the Army among the local community and to improve good relations between the Army and the community.