Sarawak focused on vaccinating teenagers

Datuk Snowdan Lawan

KUCHING: The state government is focused on vaccinating teenagers in the 16 to 17 age group before schools reopen in October.

Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan urged parents to come forward with their eligible children for vaccination.

“In Sarawak, the entire vaccination campaign is progressing very well. It has been done for the adults, now the stage is set for our younger ones aged 16–17,” he said on Sunday (Sept 12).

The Balai Ringin assemblyman noted that in his constituency, the programme was going on smoothly with 462 students from SMK Balai Ringin receiving their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at Serian community hall vaccination centre (PPV) last Saturday.

“Logistically, our clinics and PPVs are sufficient to cater to this group. Our frontliners (doctors and nurses) have also had enough professional experience to administer the vaccines,” he asserted. 

He added that he would continue to promote and create awareness on the benefits of vaccination.

“At the end of the day, the public can weigh that there are more gains than losses in getting vaccinated as prevention is better than cure.

“I, therefore, urge parents to not be worried about sending their children for vaccination, because our frontliners are very helpful and experienced in the process of vaccinating the children.

“Moreover, the vaccine is proven effective and provided free by our government,” he added.