KOTA SAMARAHAN: Some 137 residents from Kampung Mang, Samarahan were taken to the vaccination centre (PPV) at DeTAR Putra, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) in six buses provided by Unimas.
The special transportation service is the initiative of Kota Samarahan MP Rubiah Wang towards intensifying efforts under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme in order to achieve herd immunity.
She said the implementation of the first phase of the special transportation programme had benefited 700 residents from eight villages in the Kota Samarahan parliamentary constituency, adding that it would be expanded to other areas in the next phase.
She also expressed appreciation to Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and all Unimas staff members who fully supported the initiative, which was very beneficial in expediting the vaccination process for residents in Kota Samarahan.
She said to date, over 90 per cent of residents in Kota Samarahan had registered to receive the vaccine and over half had received their vaccine at various PPVs.
She added that the implementation of the immunisation programme was the only exit strategy from the Covid-19 pandemic and thus, the Malaysian and Sarawak governments had provided various initiatives and assistance to ensure that the process of vaccinating the people can be implemented immediately.
This was shared in a post and video on the Kota Samarahan Service Centre’s Facebook page on Wednesday (June 30).
“I urge the people of Samarahan to be vaccinated as the vaccine is crucial in the effort to cut the chain of Covid-19 transmissions. Even though the vaccine is not a cure, it can reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection.
“We all have to be collectively responsible to ensure that the Covid-19 chain can be broken,” she said.
Rubiah pointed out that various initiatives had been implemented in Samarahan to improve Covid-19 management efforts there, including the hybrid registration system through the District Office and Health Ministry as well as the setting up of drive-through swab test services and more PPVs.
As such, she expressed gratitude to all parties involved in managing the Covid-19 situation and ensuring that the vaccination process runs smoothly.
“We are thankful that the number of Covid-19 cases in Samarahan is decreasing day by day. Our hope is that Samarahan can change its status from red to green in the near future.
“Therefore, I hope all residents of Samarahan will cooperate in the efforts planned and organised in order to safeguard the wellbeing of the community now and in the future.”