Walk-in, mobile team initiatives expedite vaccine rollout

Awang Tengah (fourth left) and Henry (third left) at the event in Lawas.

KUCHING: The ‘jab first, register later’ approach and the mobile vaccination teams being deployed in rural areas in the state will expedite the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this would accelerate the state’s efforts to achieve herd immunity by August.

“We will also set up a mobile vaccination centre (PPV) and ensure that those who have not been vaccinated will receive the Covid-19 vaccine immediately.

“So our role in the village is to ensure that our community gets vaccinated. If we do not do this, it is difficult for us to control the transmission of the virus.

“Regardless of the type of vaccines given, rest assured it is approved and safe for use,” he said.

Awang Tengah said this at the presentation of compassionate aid to flood victims in Merapok, Lawas recently.

The Sarawak government has allocated about RM1.7 million in compassionate aid to be distributed to 2,535 households affected by the floods in the Merapok area.

Meanwhile Awang Tengah said the state government was planning to build a coastal highway in the area which would require solving the current flood woes.

“The Sarawak government will take into account how to overcome the flood problem by enlarging or straightening the tributaries here. This will allow the floods in this area to be overcome,” he said.

At the ceremony, the Bukit Sari assemblyman also handed over minor rural project (MRP) grants to the several organisations along with Rural Transformation Project (RTP) grants to two villages.

Also present were Rural Development Deputy Minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong and Limbang Resident Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi.