Ensure everyone eligible gets vaccinated

KUCHING: The health authorities want to ensure all eligible Covid-19 vaccine recipients in Saratok get inoculated as soon as possible in order to achieve herd immunity by August.

Deputy Energy and Natural Resources Minister and Saratok MP Datuk Ali Biju said with the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, especially the Delta variant, vaccination is the only way out of the pandemic towards ensuring that lives would return to normal.

“One of the strategies of the Saratok District Health Office to ensure we can achieve herd immunity as soon as possible is to get everyone eligible vaccinated.

“Outreach programmes have been implemented with the establishment of mobile vaccination teams that will enter remote areas that are difficult to access,” he said.

In addition, mini vaccination centres (PPVs) were set up in Saratok rural clinics such as in Nanga (Ng) Budu, Ng Atoi, Kabong and Nyabor.

“In the Saratok parliamentary constituency, we have two main PPVs namely at Sri Krian Hall and Kabong Police Station Hall which has a capacity of 600 and 400 vaccinations per day.

“Apart from that, PMG Clinic and Welcare Clinic located in Saratok town are also used as small PPVs and also at Saratok Hospital,” he said.

Ali said currently 42.45 percent of the estimated 44,000 residents in Saratok has been inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccines.

“Our target at the state level is to ensure that we succeed in achieving herd immunity by the end of August 2021 and I hope that Saratok will also be able to achieve that target,” he said.

Ali urged community leaders to work together in the vaccine rollout programme by ensuring that residents under their care are registered for the Covid-19 vaccines.