100 undertakers received first dose of Covid-19 vaccine shots at last

A funeral worker flashes a thumbs-up as he is given the Covid-19 vaccine.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 19: Some 100 undertakers, who are the last responders and unsung heroes behind the scenes handling burials and cremations, received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccines yesterday.

Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian was deeply grateful to all the healthcare frontliners who have stepped forward to volunteer and help give the vaccine shots to the funeral undertakers at Batu Kawa health clinic last night.

“Currently, all deaths outside the hospitals are treated as Covid-19-related until proven otherwise,” he shared in his Facebook post yesterday.

As such, Dr Sim emphasised that this response recognised the hard work and important role of funeral workers, who are the unsung heroes working on the back lines, in the community.

“In this once in a 100 years pandemic crisis, it is time we help each other to stay alive.

“Let us play our roles and do our parts in our war against the Covid-19. Together we shall be triumphant,” he added.

Dr Sim, who is also State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor, thanked all the frontliners who have volunteered including general practitioners (GPs), specialist from Sarawak Private Practitioner Society, nurses, Unimas medical staff, Batu Kawa clinic staff as well as the non-governmental organisations (NGOs). — DayakDaily