Sarawak among the fastest in vaccine rollout

KUCHING: Sarawak is now among the fastest states in administering the Covid-19 vaccines to its people despite the myriad of challenges in terms of ensuring that the vaccines are rolled out to its rural areas.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said currently, more than 60 percent of Sarawak’s 2.2 million eligible population had been inoculated with their first vaccine dose.

“The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) with the support of various parties, especially the industry, has set up vaccination centres in workplaces.

“This is as well as the establishment of mobile teams to reach out to those who are unable to come to the vaccination centres.

“The military is also helping in rural areas. With these measures, Sarawak is one of the fastest states in the vaccination programme with more than 60 percent of the 2.2 million adults having received the first dose,” he said.

The chief minister said measures that had been imposed by the SDMC to curb the spread of Covid-19 included expediting the vaccination programme.

“They appear to have succeeded in lowering the number of daily cases of infection in recent times. This proves that Sarawak is able to manage whatever problems it faces,” he said in his Sarawak Day message.

Abang Johari expressed his gratitude to Sarawakians who had helped those affected by the movement control order (MCO) to get food supplies.

“The state government also has implemented the food aid programme through the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) packages and also the federal government through Pemulih (food basket programme).

“But we cannot rule out the possibility that some are left behind or do not get enough supply to meet their needs,” he said.

He also thanked all parties who were willing to help without expecting anything in return, including the White Flag movement.

“I am also deeply touched by the commitment of our front liners who have worked tirelessly to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic over the past year. You are all heroes,” he said.