Kapit to receive 16,000 vaccine doses weekly

Abang Johari (centre) signs a visitors’ book during his visit to a field hospital in Kapit.

KAPIT: The Kapit division will receive over 16,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses each week to inoculate its residents, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said presently, only 8,662 persons have registered for the Covid-19 vaccines in the area which represent only 10 percent of the eligible population.

“We have about 53,270 residents who have not registered. That is why we ask that the vaccination process is expedited and for the residents to be vaccinated.

“This also means that we have to send ample supply of vaccines and I was made to understand the Kapit district will receive 8,160 vaccine doses every week, Song district (3,680) and Belaga/Asap district (4,840).

“In total, the Kapit (division) will receive about 16,680 Covid-19 doses weekly,” he told a press conference during his visit here today.

Abang Johari said the state government had deployed mobile outreach teams to assist with the vaccinations in Kapit.

“We have also decided to allow walk-in vaccination, where the vaccine recipients will get inoculated first and register later. This will expedite the efforts to vaccinate the residents.

“This means, in one week, we can achieve about 16,000 to 17,000 vaccinations in time for the vaccine rollout until August,” he said.

The chief minister said at the same time, the state government has recruited volunteers to help at vaccination centres (PPV) in the district, along with enlisting the help of the armed forces.

To a question of whether the walk-in vaccinations are applicable state-wide, Abang Johari said it would only be implemented in rural areas.

“So for the PPV at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), they (vaccine recipients) cannot walk-in for vaccinations. It is only applicable in rural areas,” he said.