Rural vaccination programme runs smoothly

From left: Rosey and Uggah being briefed by Dr Monica Tan at the Bekenu PPV.

MIRI: Efforts to vaccinate people living in the rural areas are being carried out smoothly.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said currently, daily vaccinations are given out at community halls, schools, health clinics statewide as well as the mobile vaccination teams from the state Health Department.

“I am very pleased that the locals responded to the vaccination positively and the importance of it to them.

“This Bekenu Community Hall has the capacity to accommodate a total of 1,000 recipients of the vaccine daily,” he said during his visit to the vaccination centre (PPV) at the Bekenu Community Hall.

Uggah urged the elected representatives and community leaders from the rural constituencies to continue advising those under their jurisdiction, especially those who are hesitant, to come forward to receive the vaccine.

Uggah (right) observes a vaccine recipient gets vaccinated.

“The government provides this vaccination free of charge to the people because it is a means to protect everyone from this deadly virus,” he said.

Commenting on the registration process, Uggah noted that most rural dwellers would not be able to rely on MySejahtera application due to the occasional technical hiccups.

“That is why the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg advised the rural folks to come forward for their jabs first and then register themselves after the vaccination.

“This method is deemed to suit the situation in the rural areas,” he said.

Her was accompanied at the centre by Assistant Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Rosey Yunus, and Sibuti MP Lukaniaman Awang Sauni.

Uggah was supposed to fly to Bario to monitor the vaccination process there but had to cancel his trip due to bad weather conditions.