Vaccines not magic bullets

Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: Sarawakians are reminded to remain vigilant at all times and adhere to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) despite being fully vaccinated.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said the public must continue to exercise caution to avoid being infected and to prevent future transmissions.

“The public must again be reminded that the vaccines are not magic bullets that can guarantee total immunity from the coronavirus. They must still exercise caution from being infected and to prevent transmissions from occurring.

“Some areas in Bintulu have also begun to show signs of another outbreak. These areas include factories, construction sites and workshops where it is difficult to monitor and ensure compliance to the SOPs.

“Longhouses along Jalan Bintulu-Miri and Kuala Tatau also show sporadic confirmed cases,” he said in a statement yesterday (Saturday).

Tiong appealed to longhouse heads to increase their vigilance and remind their residents to take the SOPs seriously and not hold any gatherings or festivities for now.

“The Health Department and law enforcement agencies must continue to heighten their monitoring by organising surprise inspections of factories and businesses to check on compliance.

“Violators must be fined and their workers reminded to comply with the SOPs. Although it is the people’s choice to follow the SOPs or not, they have no ground to complain about the government or authorities enforcing the compliance for the greater good.”

Tiong lamented that with Bintulu’s increased vaccination numbers and gradual relaxation of its SOPs, the private sector had not been cautious in preventing outbreaks.

“No matter where — in factories, workplaces, shopping centres – there is no proper control of the SOPs. The flow of people without compliance with the SOPs has become even more lax.

“Patrolling police can see people having barbecue gatherings in the open even when confirmed cases have been detected in the housing areas,” he said.

Tiong said the newly confirmed Covid-19 cases in Bintulu on Friday (July 30) should serve as a reminder to the people that outbreaks of confirmed cases were never far away.