Industrial PPV to curb workplace clusters

Abang Johari (fourth left) receive a mock check of donation from Longi to SDMC and Sarawak General Hospital from SJ Ngieng (left) while others look on. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The mass vaccination conducted at industrial sectors throughout the state is essential to stem increase in workplace related Covid-19 clusters.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak has registered 25 workplace related clusters from May 29 to June 24 which involved 1,765 cases.

“From the clusters, it could spread to other places as the workers will return back to their homes or villages where it will infect those who are at their place of residence.”

He said this during a press conference after visiting the industrial vaccination centre (PPV) at Sama Jaya Industrial Zone here today (June 25).

Abang Johari said there were 46,888 industrial workers throughout the state in Samalaju and Kidurong in Bintulu as well as in Sama Jaya.

“So the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) decided that we will have vaccinations done at their work places,” he said.

The chief minister said for Sama Jaya alone, it has about 12,600 workers from a number of large manufacturing companies operating in the area.

He thanked Longi Sdn Bhd for their efforts to set up the PPV in the industrial area to vaccinate their workers.

“We will continue to expedite the vaccinations. Last week we visited the Press Metal PPV in Samalaju where they allowed other companies there to use their vaccination facilities.

“After this, we will set up another PPV in Kidurong for the oil and gas companies. We will also focus on other sectors including the services sector as well as those linked to tourism,” he said.