Vaccine rollout at plantations next

Abang Johari speaking to the media at a press conference. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Sarawak will next focus on plantation estates as it ramps up its Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this followed the vaccine rollout implemented in the industrial sectors in Sarawak.

“What we are doing now is assessing the situation. That is why we are visiting here (industrial areas). After that it will be other sectors.

“Because when all the people are vaccinated and the number of Covid-19 cases has declined, we can slowly open up (the economic sectors).

“That is why all sectors are given emphasis including the plantation sector. After this, we will roll out the vaccination to the sector,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Abang Johari thanked Sarawakians for their encouraging response to the vaccine rollout in the state.

“We must thank the people of Sarawak as their response to the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP) has been encouraging.

“They voluntarily turned up for their appointments and accepted the jabs. That makes it easier for us to manage and organise the vaccination for them. After all, it (vaccination) is for their own safety and health,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who was also present, said the state government welcomed industrial sectors who want to set up their own vaccination centre.

He said however the companies need to have the numbers similar to The Spring shopping mall which collaborated with several other companies to have a specialised PPV to vaccinate their workers.