Walk-in vaccination extended to areas in Bintulu

Abang Johari (right) during his visit to the Press Metal vaccination centre (PPV). From left are Uggah and Tiong.

BINTULU: The walk-in Covid-19 vaccination approach which is currently implemented in the rural areas will be extended to several areas in Bintulu.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this includes areas such as Sebauh, Tatau as well as Sungai Plan and PPR Bandaria housing areas.

“Generally the local community will be given the vaccination through the ‘jab first, register later’ approach as we have certain problems with MySejahtera as it is sometimes not updated.

“What happens is that areas such as Sebauh, Tatau and even areas in Bintulu itself such as Sungai Plan and Bandaria will need that approach.

“If the (vaccine recipients) names are not there (in the system), we will give the vaccine injection and they will register after that. This will expedite the vaccine rollout,” he said during his visit to the Press Metal vaccination centre (PPV) here today (June 17).

Abang Johari said for Bintulu, it has about 200,000 eligible vaccine recipients and about 3,000 are vaccinated daily.

“We want to increase this to more than 5,000 vaccinations per day through the vaccination centres that we have identified near industrial workers’ work places.

“With more than 5,000 vaccinations daily, I think by August, Bintulu will have 80 percent of its population vaccinated,” he said.

The chief minister said with the vaccinations being expedited, it would be able to help reduce the Covid-19 cases in the district.

“What is important now is that the vaccine injections are being given and the people have formed antibodies which will protect them.

“We have heard that there were many Covid-19 cases originating from workplaces and that is why we have made the decision to set up a PPV here (in Samalaju Industrial Park).

Abang Johari said with ample workforce, more PPVs could be set up in Bintulu, thus ensuring more could be vaccinated in the near future.