‘Inject first, register later’ method works

Dr Annuar at Dewan Suarah Sibu.

SIBU: The ‘inject first, register later’ method practiced by the mobile vaccination centre in Bawang Assan has been proven to speed up the vaccination process of residents in the area.

This was pointed out by Sibu District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee during his visit to Dewan Suarah Sibu here, today.

“The centre, located at Bawang Assan Community Hall, has vaccinated nearly 2,000 residents from 37 longhouses since it started operating last Saturday.

“These figures show almost half of the residents of longhouses in Bawang Assan have received their vaccine injections.

“Those (rural residents) who have come to this centre will be directly registered to receive the first dose vaccine injection and after that, they will also be given an appointment for the second dose injection,” he explained.

Further elaborating, the Nangka assemblyman said he believed with more mobile vaccination centres being set up in rural areas across the state, it will accelerate the vaccination process to form herd immunity.

“This mobile centre (in Bawang Assan) will be moved to Durin and possibly even Pasai to vaccinate the locals in those areas.

“I have instructed the longhouse chiefs under Nangka state constituency to submit the list of their residents’ names who are eligible for the vaccine through the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Meanwhile, Dr Annuar commended Rejang Medical Centre (RMC) for their willingness to increase the capacity of vaccine recipients from 400 people to 1,000 people a day.

RMC, which previously operated on the centre’s yard, will relocate to Dewan Suarah Sibu from June 21 where they will also bear all additional expenses as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).