Herd immunity by mid-August

Abang Johari (centre) speaks to the villagers.

KAPIT: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg expressed confidence that Sarawak will be able to achieve herd immunity to Covid-19 in mid-August or September.

He said this prediction was based on the current achievements made in the state’s vaccine rollout to its people.

“I am confident that Sarawak will achieve the target of herd immunity with the help and cooperation of all parties, including the Armed Forces, as well as the people’s response to the vaccination programme,” he said.

He was addressing residents in Long Singut, Kapit during a working visit to the Kenyah village near the border between Sarawak and Kalimantan, Indonesia in Ulu Baleh today.

Abang Johari said he was satisfied with the overall achievement of the vaccination programme, which had recorded a high vaccination rate being among the fastest in Malaysia.

Commenting on the vaccination rate achieved by the Kapit division, the chief minister said 84 percent of the population here have been vaccinated with the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccines.

“This is a very encouraging achievement even though the situation in Kapit area is very challenging in terms of topography and the distribution of the scattered population.

“The vaccination programme in the village is run by the military with the cooperation of various parties, especially the Kapit Division administration,” he said.

Earlier, Abang Johari was briefed on developments in the settlement, including issues on infrastructure facilities, citizenship and vaccination programmes. He was accompanied by several relevant state and federal government officials.

During his visit, he also approved allocations to build concrete roads, churches and halls for Long Singut.