Herd immunity in Bau soon

Datuk Henry Harry Jinep

KUCHING: Bau district has almost achieved its target of getting all its eligible population to register for the Covid-19 vaccines under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.   

Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep said that 96 percent of the total population had already registered for the jabs.

“The population at Bau district is at 62,000, and there is an age limit for the vaccines. Therefore, those who have been registered is 96 percent or 43,000 people.

“The registration for the vaccines is almost 100 per cent for Bau. So, now we are just waiting for more vaccines to arrive,” he told reporters after attending the launching the food assistance distribution to households affected by the movement control order (MCO) under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 6.0 at Darul Ehsan Mosque at  Kampung Haji Baki today (June 8).   

Henry added that as of June 3, six percent of those registered had received the first dose of the vaccines.

“We are targeting to administer 1,000 doses of vaccines every day. The vaccine distribution will start on June 11 until the end of August.

“This means that we can achieve 100 percent or at least 80 percent of the herd immunity in this district,” he said.

Asked how Bau managed to get nearly all of its eligible population to register  for the jabs, Henry said it was because of the concerted efforts of various government agencies including the Bau District Office, community leaders and members of  the village security and development committees (JKKKs) who had worked tirelessly to convince the people to register for the vaccination.

“They distributed the registration forms to houses including shops. It was the most effective way and we managed to register them in the last two to three months,” he said.

He said some people were reluctant to receive the vaccines at first but the relevant agencies had explained why it was important to get the jabs.

There are five vaccination centres (PPVs) being set up in Bau districts, namely at  Dewan Perdana, Akademi Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia, Wilayah Sarawak; Bau Hospital; Siniawan Health Clinic and private clinics such as Union Clinic and Teddy Clinic.