Proactive approach to vaccination in Sarawak

File photo of Wan Junaidi (left) being briefed on the vaccine rollout.

KUCHING: The state government is taking a proactive approach to ensure Covid-19 vaccination in Sarawak can be expedited, said Federal Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He commended the move to allow walk-in vaccination in rural areas, where those who have not registered for vaccination can be inoculated.

“Apart from registration through the MySejahtera application, Sarawak uses manual registration, especially for the rural community.

“In addition, if their name is not on the registration but has already come for vaccination, they can be vaccinated immediately and do not have to wait any longer.

“I see this method as very effective for the implementation of the Covid-19 immunisation programme in Sarawak,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (June 12).

Wan Junaidi noted that the state government intended to expedite the immunisation programme in Sarawak so that every citizen is not left out from getting vaccinated.

Laast Monday, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said walk-in vaccination for rural areas would help to speed up and widen the vaccination programme in the state, which was targeted for completion by August.

“Not everyone in rural areas would be able to register (for the vaccine). If they come without registering and want to be vaccinated, we will give it to them so that they don’t have to come back again.

“Their details will be registered afterwards to be entered into the database of those who have been vaccinated. This will expedite the vaccination so that we can complete it by August,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Jemut Masing, who also praised the initiative said it was the right approach to achieve full vaccination within the state’s scheduled time frame.

“This is the correct approach if we want all Sarawakians aged 18 and above to be vaccinated within our scheduled time frame.

“If we only vaccinate people registered under MySejahtera, the rural population will never get vaccinated in time. The internet is almost non-existent in longhouses and kampung,” he said.