Vaccination centres to inject plantation workers

Jack (third left) during his visit to the vaccination centre at Ladang Rajawali. Photo: Ukas

KUCHING: Industrial vaccination centres (PPVINs) have been set up at Ladang Rajawali, Labang and Ladang Sarawak Oil Palm to inject the  plantation workers and their family members.

Bintulu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) chairman, Jack Aman Luat said, “PPVIN Labang will operate on July 14. Apart from that, we also have another  PPVIN at the Sarawak Oil Palm Plantation which will operate on July 16.”

He said this when met after visiting  the vaccination centre at Ladang Rajawali on Friday (July 7), according to a report by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

“The Bintulu DDMC has received many applications to set up industrial vaccination centres. We will approve the applications based on the number of employees.

“Soon, two more PPVINs will be set up, namely, at Shin Yang Plywood and Samling Plywood in Bintulu, targeting workers in the two largest timber factories as well as small factories in the nearby areas,” he said.

Jack, who is also Bintulu  Resident, said the authorities were also focusing on the rural areas by setting up several mobile outreach teams.

“We have already conducted a vaccination outreach programme to rural areas and set up several mobile teams  in addition to  opening  13 health centres in rural areas such as in Sebauh and Tatau.

“Health clinics are also being used as vaccination centres. Our target is to administer not less than 4,500 vaccine doses daily. The  mobile outreach team also uses the flying doctor service to travel to remote areas.”

Jack said out of the 201,442  eligible population, 135,000 or about 67 per cent had received the first vaccine dose while another 38,000 or 19 percent received the second dose.