RM270 mln to fund vaccination logistics

Abang Johari

KUCHING: The state government has allocated a total of RM270 million to cover logistical costs of administering the Covid-19 vaccines to the rural population.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said far and hard-to-reach places such as Baram requires the need for helicopters to transport the Covid-19 vaccines.

“The logistical costs for these places are huge, that is why at the state government level, we have allocated a total of RM270 million to fund the logistics.

“Some places need boats, for rural roads, we need (off road) vehicles and also helicopters. We are also funding the costs for the frontliners.

“That is why we have seen good progress in our vaccine rollout to date,” he said during an interview on RTM’s Stedey talk show.

Abang Johari said Sarawak was targeting to vaccinate 80 percent of its population and obtain herd immunity by end of August.

“If the people have the necessary antibodies, we can resume our usual lives albeit in the new normal.

“For us in the state government, we have our own approaches to vaccination as we are not adopting the policies of the federal government 100 percent.

“For example, the MySejahtera application, there are instances where we have the patient here but their address is in Malaya.

“That is why we introduced the ‘jab first, register later’ method. With our own ways, we were able to administer a lot of vaccines to the people,” he said.

Abang Johari thanked the frontliners and volunteers for their commitment in the vaccine rollout.

“They have been passionate and I thank them for their close collaboration with other agencies,” he said.