KUCHING: The support and cooperation of Penan residents in Uma Penan Long Peran and Uma Penan Long Jaik in Belaga for the mobile vaccination programme was lauded by Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong.
He said this dispelled the misconception of some parties that the Penan refused to be vaccinated.
Ugak also praised the ‘jab first, register later’ approach for speeding up the vaccination process in rural areas.
“I believe the ‘jab first, register later’ initiative implemented by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is the best approach.
“Here in Long Peran, we won’t be able to follow the MySejahtera system implemented by the federal government, due to lack of internet connectivity.
“We had to use the alternative where our task force goes down to the ground to the rural areas to administer the Covid-19 vaccines,” he said, as quoted by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).
At the same time, Ugak also thanked the front-line staff who worked hard to ensure that the National Covid-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) can be implemented in rural areas to achieve herd immunity.
Meanwhile, Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon was also satisfied with the response from the Penan residents who turned up in large numbers to get vaccinated during the programme.
He thanked the Kapit division and Belaga district health offices for their commitment to ensure all communities get vaccinated, including residents living in the interior areas.
Kapit Resident Nyurak Keti said about 59,000 or 63 percent of the population in Kapit had been vaccinated with the first dose as of last July 20.
During the recent mobile vaccination programme, a total of 88 residents in Uma Penan Long Peran received their first vaccine dose.
Another 154 residents in Uma Penan Long Jaik were given their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccines in the afternoon.