More people in Padawan sub-district vaccinated

Datuk Dr Jerip Susil (left) is accompanied by the medical officer on duty Dr Arvin Thiagarajah (second left) as he tours the Bra’ang Bayur Clinic vaccination centre. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

PADAWAN: Nearly 2,000 residents of this sub-district have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine jabs as of Monday (June 28).

Mambong assemblyman Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said the number accounted for some 28 per cent of around 6,832 people here eligible for vaccination within the three outreach vaccination centres’ first two weeks of operations.

“Based on the latest information, 640 (50.7 per cent) have been vaccinated at Bunuk Rural Clinic, 640 (28.5 per cent) have been vaccinated at Bra’ang Bayur Health Clinic and 640 (45.3 per cent) have been vaccinated at Padawan Rural Clinic,” he said, noting that the fourth outreach vaccination centre — the health clinic in Mile 10—would commence operations on Tuesday (June 29).

“For now, two villages have been fully vaccinated — Kampung Jambu and Kampung Bayur, and we hope that the numbers will increase.”

He said his team had been in discussion with the Padawan Sub-District Office to improve the Internet connectivity at all outreach vaccination centres in the area.

Dr Jerip also suggested the provision of more vaccines for vaccination centres in the sub-district to expedite vaccination.

However, he pointed out that supply must be in tandem with the current capacity of the vaccination staff to ensure a smooth rollout.

“There is indeed a shortage of staff, so my office with the Padawan Sub-District Office and Kuching District Office have held a volunteer programme to recruit People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel, retired nurses and others to assist in the programme here.

“I have also set up a vaccine management committee in the Mambong constituency, which will also coordinate assistance to clinics to carry out vaccinations,” he told the media after a visit to Bra’ang Bayur Clinic here on Monday (June 28).

Datuk Dr Jerip Susil (second row centre) with Dr Arvin Thiagarajah (second row fourth left) with other medical personnel and volunteers at a photocall outside Bra’ang Bayur Clinic. Photo: Ghazali Bujang