Family travels two hours to receive vaccine jab

Delvern and his parents at BCCK.

KUCHING: Realising the importance of vaccination to reduce the risk of severe Covid-19 infection, a 35-year-old man decided to take his parents through three roadblocks along their 60km journey to the vaccination centre.

According to Delvern Sindom, he and his parents did not mind travelling the two-hour journey from their residence in Kampung Gerung, Jalan Puncak Borneo to Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) so that his parents could get the much-anticipated AstraZeneca vaccine jab.

“Usually it only takes about an hour to travel to Kuching city (from our house).

“However, due to the movement control order (MCO), our journey took longer because we have to go through three roadblocks.

“What is important now is that both my parents have taken the first dose of their vaccine,” said the Bidayuh man.

Delvern said although only two people were allowed in a vehicle at a time, in their case it was permissible (to pass through roadblocks) because both of his parents were scheduled to receive their vaccination on the same day and time.

“Thankfully, the vaccination process went smoothly and only took less than an hour.

“Both of them are now able to breathe a sigh of relief as they have received their (first dose) of vaccine jab which they have been waiting for.

“Previously, I had registered their names manually through the village head and also through the MySejahtera application but there was little progress.

“So, when the registration for the AstraZeneca vaccine opt-in programme for senior citizens was announced, without hesitation, I immediately registered my parents’ name as I realised both are among those at risk of getting Covid-19 infection.

“I believe vaccination is the best way for my parents to prevent themselves from getting a severe Covid-19 infection,” added the policeman, who has already received the full dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine injection.

Meanwhile, Delvern’s father, Sindom Simbok said he was very relieved after receiving the (first dose of) vaccine injection because he had been ready and waiting his turn for a long time.

“As a parent, I believe and accept the advice of my children to take vaccination to boost my body’s immunity,” said the 73-year-old.

His mother, Sanda Sanyer, 71, said she was not nervous while receiving the vaccine jab as she believed in her son’s advice that vaccination was the best way to protect her from Covid-19 infection.

A survey by our reporter at the BCCK found that the entire vaccination process was running smoothly as the health workers and volunteers carried out their duties with excellence.

Apart from BCCK, a similar centre was open at the National Youth Skills Institute in Miri.

BCCK will be used as the AstraZeneca vaccination centre until the end of July.