Some 150 teachers in Sibu refuse vaccination

Dr Annuar (third left) inspects the Mobile PPV at the Batu 20 Agricultural Training Centre.

SIBU: More than 150 teachers in Sibu refuse to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, said Education, Science and Technology Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee.

Speaking on a livestream of the Sibu District Covid-19 update on Saturday (June 19), Dr Annuar who is also Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) coordinator said such action should not happen as vaccines were the only way to combat the pandemic.

The assistant minister said he was aware of the teachers’ refusal to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

“However, we want to know the reasons why the teachers do not want to be vaccinated.”

Dr Annuar said teachers who had received the vaccine could help convince their colleagues who still refused to get vaccinated.

Dr Annuar (right) inspects one of the rooms at PPV Mobile Agricultural Training Centre Batu 20.

He also chided certain irresponsible parties who tried to influence the public not to get vaccinated.

The Nangka assemblyman revealed that there were individuals who said that although many people had been vaccinated in Sibu, the cases were still high and increasing.

“Statements like this are not good. We should give awareness to the community to receive the Covid-19 vaccine because the herd immunity that will be created will ensure our safety and the risk of transmission of the virus can be reduced,” he stressed.

He revealed that Sibu will open three more vaccination centres (PPVs) and four mobile PPVs for longhouses in rural areas starting next week.

The three PPVs are Dewan Suarah Sibu, Universiti Kolej Teknologi Sarawak (UCTS) and Sibu Islamic Welfare Trust Board (Lakis) Hall.

Dr Annuar (left) inspects the area outside the Lakis Hall which will be used as a PPV starting next week.