Higher vaccine rollout rate important

Datuk Dr John Lau Pang Heng

KUCHING: The success of the vaccine rollout in Sarawak is critical to effectively reduce the Covid-19 infection rate in the state.

Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng viewed that the government is wholeheartedly focused on vaccinating the population to end the Covid-19 infection.

“In Sarawak, since the start of the vaccination programme, there were 484,869 who had received their first vaccine doses and 172,644, their second vaccine doses out of a total of 1,405,883 registered for vaccination.

“Meanwhile, we congratulate the authority that there were 49,365 jabs on June 16, 2021. As of June 18, 484,869 or 23.7 per cent have been vaccinated.

“The standby arrangement and walk-in inoculation will improve the situation. This is a commendable achievement,” he said on Friday (June 18).

At the same time, Lau urged the authorities to intensify the vaccinations on the targeted groups, noting that there are queries on when Phase Three of vaccinations will start for those aged below 60.

“The public has criticised the handling of logistics for vaccine rollout and vaccine procurement aligned to top politicians. Of course, understandably some were hesitant to have the vaccine due to fear of blood clots or side effects,” he said.

The Patriots chief also urged the government to have a decisive and transparent Covid-19 plan backed by accountability and dynamic acceleration in the vaccination programme.

“To achieve earliest herd immunity is the only way to combat the Covid-19 infection. The virus may become endemic in times to come. So, people need to learn to live with it. Sarawak is still far short of achieving the targeted herd immunity.

“Failure to achieve herd immunity soonest possible will result in hardships, financial losses and unbearable stress among the people. The possibility of deeper recession is still hanging on the horizon,” he said.