KUCHING: The people of Sibu are reminded to be vigilant despite having received their vaccine jabs.
Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said vaccination only serves to protect against severe forms of infection.
“The people of Sibu need to continue being vigilant and adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the authorities.
“As much as our vaccination drive is progressing well, the vaccine does not provide 100 percent immunity against the virus. It gives us protection against severe forms of infection,” he said in a Facebook post on Friday.
Dr Annuar said the people must remember that there are young children and those with certain medical conditions around them who cannot be vaccinated and they are susceptible to the full-blown effects of the virus.
“Let’s not put them at risk, and let’s not overwhelm our healthcare services,” he said.
The Nangka assemblyman said while there are more green zones in Sibu which are free from Covid-19 infection, the low number of cases must not be taken for granted.
“Even while the cases are not as widespread as before, the situation is still volatile. The virus is still within the community and is not concentrated in specific areas. This is what the people of Sibu need to keep in mind,” he said.
Dr Annuar said while lockdowns can be imposed on outbreak areas, it involves major resources and can cause hardships making it the last resort and should be applied on when absolutely necessary.
“As much as I still feel very bad for the people who had to endure the lockdowns, I strongly believe that we made the right decision to declare previous outbreak areas as ground zero.
He said although it was not 100 percent successful as some cases had spilled over to other areas through workplace infections, it did manage to bring the numbers down.
“Workplace infections are the worst to manage. When the virus spreads in the workplace, the workers bring it along with them when they return to their homes in different areas.
“The spill-over effect becomes widespread. This is still happening in Sibu,” he said.