Jab first, register later brilliant, says rep

Dennis (standing centre) helping a vaccine recipient at the SJKC Kee Tee Long Lama community hall.

MIRI: Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau has described the “jab first, then register later” or walk-in approach as a brilliant strategy by the state government to inoculate the rural folks and achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.

“It’s a good approach by our Chief Minister to get as many as possible of rural folks to get vaccinated,” he said today (June 9).

Dennis pointed out  that getting vaccinated in the rural areas was hard and challenging as most of the rural folk had  no smart phones for registering through the MySejahtera app.

“Some of them were registering manually,” he explained.

He revealed that more than 1,000 people in the Telang Usan Constituency had received their first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccines out of the 4,000 who  registered through the MySejahtera app. This number did not include those who registered manually.

Dennis said the Telang Usan constituency had a population of more than 25,000 people.

Currently, only one vaccination centre (PPV) is operating in the constituency, that is, in Long Lama.

However, beginning  June 12 , two PPVs — one at Long Bedian Health Clinic and another at Long San Health Clinic. will be open for vaccinations   to speed up the constituency.  

Asked whether the PPV in Long Lama was facing any manpower shortage in handling the vaccination process,  Dennis said,  so far, it had sufficient manpower.