Plantation and foreign workers jabbed

Tiang (fourth left) with the frontliners during the vaccination programme at Jalan Ding Lik Kong.

SIBU: Four hundred and twenty-four people in the district have received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose at the mobile vaccination centre at Jalan Ding Lik Kong here.

Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas), in a news report on Monday (Aug 2), said the two-day walk-in vaccination programme started last Saturday (July 31).

It added 176 people were vaccinated on the first day while 248 people, mostly plantation workers and foreign workers, were vaccinated on Sunday (Aug 1).

Political secretary to the chief minister Michael Tiang said the programme was held to ensure that every eligible Sibu resident was vaccinated so that the town was safe from Covid-19.

“Our main objective is to vaccinate anyone here. It does not matter whether you are a local, foreigner or anyone who has identification issues.

“You can come here to receive the vaccine. We live, eat and shop together in this city. So, we all must be vaccinated and only with such measures, Sibu can be safe,” he said during a visit to the vaccination centre last Sunday (Aug 1).

Tiang, who is also the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) youth chief, also thanked the employers for their cooperation in sending their staff to be inoculated.

A foreign worker from Indonesia, Rudi Rahman, conveyed this appreciation to the organiser for allowing him to receive the vaccine shot.

Meanwhile, the police and personnel from the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), and other agencies were present to help ensure that the smooth running of the vaccination process and ensure compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).