State has vaccinated half its population

Abang Johari (right) witnessing the vaccination process at the Klinik Kesihatan Jalan Masjid Vaccination Centre at Dewan Majma' during his visit to the centre. Also seen from left are Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Sim Kui Hian, PBB Satok Deputy Branch Chief Datuk Ibrahim Baki,Deuty Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Doctor in Charge Dr. Maila Mustapha. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Sarawak has vaccinated half of its eligible population, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“On average, we have achieved 50 percent Covid-19 vaccination for first dose recipients while for the second dose, we have recorded 11.5 percent.

“In total, we are targeting to vaccinate 2.08 million of the state’s population,” he told a press conference after visiting the Jalan Masjid Health Clinic vaccination centre (PPV) at Dewan Majma here today (July 1).

Abang Johari said in the Kuching Division, about 300,000 of its population had been vaccinated including in areas such as Lundu and Bau.

“The total eligible recipients (in Kuching) are 583,000 and of the total, about 291,000 have received their first Covid-19 vaccine doses,” he said.

The chief minister said the state targeted to achieve 80 percent vaccination in Kuching by the end of the month or the first week of August.

“We aim to achieve 80 percent vaccination — with the recipients  receiving at least their first Covid-19 vaccine doses. If we can do this, we can protect our community from the spread of the virus,” he said.

Abang Johari thanked the frontliners and the volunteers for assisting the vaccine rollout at the vaccination centre.

“I also thank the community leaders who are able to bring the people here for their vaccine injections.

“The vaccines are also coming on time, meaning we are on track according to the planning made by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC),” he said.

The chief minister also advised Sarawakians to continue upholding the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) after being vaccinated.

“Take care of our health, use face masks, wash our hands regularly and maintain physical distancing. We are living in a new way of life,” he said.