Interior folk not left out of vaccination programme

Vaccinees ready to be administered.

KUCHING: Sustained efforts are being made to ensure that people in the interior of the state are not left out of the ongoing vaccination programme. 

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said at the moment there are more than 7,000 people in the interior of Kanowit, Baram and areas between Limbang and Lawas have been inoculated.

For this he thanked the Malaysian Armed Forces’ Combat Medic Vaccination Team (CMVT ATM) for taking the programme to the people. The team has been working closely with the health authorities and officers of the Resident’s offices and District offices.

“Although 7,000 may seem small, it required great efforts to get the vaccines to them by land, river and air,” he said in a press conference after a visit to Nanga Jagau mobile outreach vaccination centre (PPV) in Kanowit today (July 31).

For the vaccination programme in Nanga Jagau, he said about 35 ATM medic members inoculated 215 people today.

“After Nanga Jagau, the team will continue to Long Singut in the interior of Kapit division close to the Kalimantan border.

“Some 178 people are expected to receive their second dose of the vaccine,” he said.

He then expressed his appreciation for all frontliners involved and their sacrifices to make sure that those in the interior are vaccinated.

On the question of whether Sarawak will use China’s CanSino vaccine, Abang Johari said the state government is still waiting for the shipment to arrive.

“We are definitely going to use it,” he said.