Pending rep suggests another vaccination centre to be set up

Violet Yong

KUCHING: Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong is urging the Sarawak Health Department to set up another Covid-19 vaccine distribution centre here.

She said this was for the purpose of expediting the rollout of the vaccination programme.

“Thus far in Kuching city, apart from the one at the Indoor Stadium and the government hospitals, there is no other vaccination centre.

“As such, there is an urgent need to set up additional vaccination centres, and a venue like Padungan Community Hall owned by Kuching City South Council (MBKS), in my humble opinion, is suitable.

“It is hoped that the Sarawak Health Department and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) would seriously look into this suggestion,” she said today.

“It is necessary for Sarawak to get itself fully prepared and have sufficient vaccination centres for the biggest operation of vaccine rollout once the vaccines arrived.

“In order for Sarawak to meet its target in making sure the two million individuals targeted under the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP) are vaccinated by end of August this year, it is important to set up as many vaccination centres as possible.

“I believe Sarawakians are fully behind the government, to ensure the state meet its target of completing its vaccination plan on time.” 

Yong added that currently, the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak was worrying, with the total number of confirmed cases at 29,899 and the death toll at 173 as of April 29.

“We need all targeted populations in the state receive their Covid-19 vaccination as soon as possible to achieve herd community to break the chain of infection.”