Onus on public to protect themselves

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KUCHING: While there is no mandate to get everyone vaccinated, the public has to play a role in protecting themselves, their families, and the community through vaccination.

In saying this, Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman emphasised that the onus would be on the community, including civil servants, to know what is good for them.

“As we enter the endemic phase, much of the decisions with regard to the health of individuals will depend on themselves.

“As far as the state government is concerned, we will continue to educate the people on the importance of the Covid-19 vaccination,” he said on Friday (Oct 1).

He welcomed the announcement made by the Public Service Department in Putrajaya on Thursday (Sept 30) that the Covid-19 vaccination is mandatory for federal public officers in efforts to provide confidence and assurance to the public and ensure the smooth delivery of services.

“This is in tandem with the requirements set by the federal government, in which the relaxations announced – be it in inter-district travel and tourism activities – require the nation to achieve 90 per cent of the adult population being vaccinated.”

At the same time, Fazzrudin noted that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had made it clear on Thursday that while vaccination was being made mandatory for federal civil servants, it was not compulsory for Sarawak civil servants to do so.

“Regardless, I would like to emphasise that it is prudent for all Sarawakians to get protected by obtaining the vaccine as it is shown to be instrumental in reducing the severity of the cases in the state, whereby 99 per cent of the daily cases are in Category 1 and Category 2.”

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