In rural Sarawak, it’s walk in and be vaccinated

In rural Sarawak, it’s walk in and be vaccinated

Dwellers in remote rural areas in Sarawak need not have to worry about registering themselves for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme as they can now just walk into a vaccination centre and register after getting their jabs, chief minister Abang Johari Openg said today.

He said the state government was aware of the hardship faced by people in rural areas, such as in the Kapit division, to register themselves, either through the MySejahtera app or manually through the resident and district offices in order to be immunised.

“This (walk-in method) will expedite the vaccination process of the people in Sarawak,” he told a press conference after visiting the vaccination centre (PPV) at Dewan Sri Balleh here.

He clarified that this walk-in vaccination only applied to people living in challenging rural areas in the state while urban folk would still have to follow the present procedure for registration prior to vaccination.

He explained that dwellers of longhouses can come to a nearby vaccination centre set up by a mobile vaccination team in their area to get vaccinated according to the schedule set for them.

Abang Johari said 16 mobile teams would be sent for the vaccination programme in Kapit district, 20 in Bukit Mabong and two teams each in the Song and Belaga districts.

The teams will be travelling to the remote areas by land and river, apart from using helicopters via the Flying Doctor Service, all depending on accessibility to the areas.

“This is a very challenging task as Kapit is bigger than the state of Pahang and many people dwell in the remote areas.”

He said other challenging areas that needed such mobile teams are the Baram areas in Miri, Limbang/Lawas, and some parts in Sri Aman.

The vaccination of 96,723 eligible recipients, including those carried out by static teams at 32 PPVs in Kapit, started this month and is expected to be completed by August, with 8,662 people being vaccinated to date.

The chief minister said the division will receive 16,680 doses of vaccines per week until the completion of the vaccination exercise.

Earlier, he had attended a briefing on the Kapit Rural Areas Immunisation/Vaccination Programme Action Plan by Kapit resident Nyurak Keti before presenting Sarawakku Sayang food aid to the community.

He also visited the Kapit Field Hospital at Dewan Masyarakat Melayu before proceeding to check on a roadblock at the Km2.5 Kapit-Song Road.