Parents told to register children for vaccination

Penguang (second left) at the Beluru Community Hall vaccination centre.

KUCHING: The community in the Marudi constituency were told to protect their children from the Covid-19 infection through vaccination.

In making this call, Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Penguang Manggil said the parents or guardians of those aged 16 to 17 must register their children for vaccination.

“I call on all parents or guardians of adolescents aged 16 to 17 to register their children through their respective tribal leaders for this Covid-19 vaccination,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Sept 11).

Earlier, the Marudi assemblyman visited the vaccination centre at Beluru Community Hall to monitor the vaccine rollout for the group from SMK Tinjar.

Penguang said there are also cases where students who were scheduled to get their Covid-19 vaccine could not go to the vaccination centre.

“I was also informed that there were some students who could not attend the programme because their area was flooded.

“However, those who had missed out will receive their vaccines at the Beluru Health Clinic as soon as the flood situation in their area has subsided,” he said.

Sarawak on Wednesday last week started vaccinating its teenagers aged 16 to 17 against Covid-19 and is targeting complete vaccination for this group before Oct 3 when the school session begins.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said 96,400 teenagers in this age group, which represented 3.4 percent of the state’s population, would be receiving the vaccine.

As for those aged 12 to 15, numbering 192,800 in Sarawak, Abang Johari said they would be vaccinated by the end of September, starting with those having comorbidities, and the full vaccination for this age group is expected to be completed by the fourth week of October.