Polls will not disrupt vaccination, booster dose rollout, assures Uggah


KUCHING: The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine and its booster dose will remain uninterrupted over the course of the Sarawak polls.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas gave his assurance as “protecting the people is the priority at this time.”

“It is very important that the two (the vaccine rollout and the booster dose rollout) will go on as usual as we want to save lives.

“On the booster dose, our target beginning this month is to give out 50,000 doses. We are optimistic of achieving this,” he said during a function in Spaoh on Thursday (Nov 4).

Separately, Uggah reminded the people against being complacent despite the drop in positive Covid-19 cases in the state now.

“We must continue to observe them (SOPs) faithfully as any carelessness or slackness on our part can trigger sudden sharp increases.

“We must learn to live with the virus which will not just disappear. It will become part of our lives.”

At the same time, he urged community leaders to watch out for those who still refused to be vaccinated as well as those who rejected the booster dose out of unfounded fears.

He also advised them to send to their nearest health clinics or hospital those who developed fever as soon as possible.

“Do not wait, it could be too late (by then),” he said, adding that this was why the Betong Division had recently recorded a big number of victims brought in dead (BID) to the district hospital.

At the function Uggah, accompanied by Dr Richard Rapu, a political secretary to the Chief Minister, and Betong Divisional Health officer Dr Johnny Pangkas, presented pulse oximeters to the community leaders.

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