Nearly one-third of Kapit residents vaccinated

Uggah speaks at the daily Covid-19 press conference. Photo: Sarawak Information Department

KUCHING: Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas says 31.6 percent of residents in Kapit have been vaccinated.

He said this was the figure as of June 21, in response to allegations from certain quarters claiming that the vaccination rate in Kapit was as low as six percent.

“Irresponsible quarters are saying that the vaccination in Kapit is only at six percent. For Kapit, as of June 21, we have vaccinated 31.6 percent of the 96,000 vaccine recipients,” he told the media here on Friday (June 25).

Uggah said vaccinations had been stepped up in which the ‘jab first, register later’ approach was used.

At the same time, federal Deputy Health Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, who was also present, said the mobile vaccination programme in the division had been effective.

“We have (deployed) mobile vaccinations teams to go to the longhouses, they are very effective, they also bring enough doses so they can do about 400 to 500 vaccinations per day.”

Earlier, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Sarawak was fortunate that it was able to adjust the vaccine rollout according to the needs of the state.

“For longhouses, we can deploy mobile teams as we know the challenges in the rural areas if we were to use the MySejahtera app.

“That is also why we introduced the ‘jab first, register later’ approach to expedite the vaccination in rural areas, longhouses and villages.”

Abang Johari said besides reaching the longhouses by river, the mobile vaccination teams also travelled by road or helicopters.