Leaders need to play their role


KUCHING: The onus is on the community leaders and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) grassroots members in the district of Lawas to ensure that those under their care receive the Covid-19 vaccine jab.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this is to ensure that Sarawak achieves herd immunity by August.

“A total of 33,126 people in Lawas are eligible to receive the vaccine. Of the total, 23,699 people have registered for the vaccination via the MySejahtera app.

“There are also residents who are yet to register and this (group) must be sought. So far, 75 percent of them have gotten their first dose — roughly 24,000 individuals,” he said when met during a visit to the Lawas vaccination centre (PPV) at Dewan Kampung Sualai, Jalan Punang, Lawas on Tuesday.

On the same day and centre, a total of 160 recipients received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

Meanwhile, Awang Tengah, who is also Bukit Sari assemblyman, said the government also facilitated the method of receiving the Covid-19 vaccine in Lawas.

“We have simplified the method of getting the vaccine by allowing walk-ins.

“Besides that, we have also implemented a vaccination outreach programme for those who are unable to go to the PPV. Staff members from the Ministry of Health will be coming to their homes to administer the vaccine,” he added.

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