Over 93,000 in Sibu have not registered for jabs

Dr Annuar during the vaccination programme in Sibu recently.

KUCHING: There are 93,801 eligible people in Sibu who have not registered for the Covid-19 vaccination, revealed Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee.

He said this was the data obtained from MySejahtera, adding that it was possible the number was lower as some manual registrations for the vaccines had yet to be incorporated into the system.

“We have to remember we need at least 70 percent of the population vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.

It serves to expedite herd immunity among the community and that is why we need all these people to be registered,” he said in a livestream on Saturday night (May 15).

Dr Annuar said the 93,801 people who had not registered would be divided according to their areas and the village safety and development committees (JKKKs).

He urged community leaders to reach out to these people and get them registered.

“It is possible that some of them have registered manually and not through MySejahtera. But this data is based on MySejahtera.

“There are some who also pointed that these may be people with addresses in Sibu but are currently working elsewhere.

“Regardless, what is important is that they must be registered. We have to reduce this figure to zero and not 93,000,” he said.

Dr Annuar pointed that it was crucial Sarawak to avoid a infectivity rate (r-naught) of more than one percent.

“We need to work together in this regard as it is not only the role of the authorities to do so, but also the community.

“Although currently, we are below one percent, we are not safe yet,” he said.

The Nangka assemblyman said while vaccinations could bring down the number of cases down significantly, the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) must be observed.