Mobile vaccination centres to ensure no one left out

Awang Tengah (third right) observing the operations at the Bisaya Association Cultural Hall PPV. Photo: Ukas

LIMBANG: The government will ensure that all communities receive the Covid-19 vaccine in order to achieve herd immunity by August.

According to a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) report, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said those left out would be given due attention via mobile vaccination centres (PPVs).

“For the Batu Danau constituency, we will ensure that those who have been left out or may not have transportation or those who do not have the ability to move can receive the vaccine.

“As such, we ask for the cooperation of all community leaders, village heads and longhouse chiefs to inform of whoever does not have the ability to move, so we can go to their location,” he said at the Bisaya Association Cultural Hall PPV here recently.

As of June 24, the number of people who have received their first dose at the Bisaya Association Cultural Hall PPV is 2,356, or 67 per cent of the total population of 3,516 of the 55 targeted localities.

Of this total, 32 villages, seven longhouses, and a plantation (Biogrow Plantation) have been vaccinated, whereas the remaining nine villages and six longhouses have not received their vaccine yet.

Awang Tengah also thanked MyVac volunteers helping to facilitate and smoothen the process of vaccination at the Bisaya Association Cultural Hall PPV, describing this as the best way to serve the community.

“I had the opportunity to ask some volunteers, who are working for the first time after finishing school. Most of them are working to gain experience in addition to filling up their free time.

“Aside from gaining work experience, they are also excited to serve the community.”

Meanwhile, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang urged residents in his constituency yet to register for the vaccine to do so immediately.

He added that if there were villagers who faced difficulties coming to the designated PPV, they should inform the Resident’s Office or District Office so that their names could be submitted to the Health Ministry in order for a mobile team to be sent to their longhouse for the vaccination process.