16 mobile outreach teams in Kapit, 20 teams to Song to deliver Covid-19 vaccine shots, walk-ins accepted

Abang Johari (centre) addressing a press conference. Also seen are Uggah (left) and Masing.

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KAPIT, June 10: A total of 16 mobile outreach teams have been deployed to Kapit while 20 teams are in Bukit Mabong and a number in Song to expedite and to vaccinate local residents including walk-ins against Covid-19.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that these mobile outreach teams will continue to handle vaccinations at rural vaccination centres where they are allowed to vaccinate those who walk-in without prior registrations under MySejahtera.

“We have decided that apart from those registered under MySejahtera, the teams can inoculate those who come in even though they are not registered for vaccinations yet.

“After they are vaccinated, they can be registered. This will speed up our efforts to vaccinate all eligible residents in Kapit Division,” he told a press conference during his visit to the town to monitor the Covid-19 vaccination drive here today.

However, Abang Johari clarified that the ‘vaccinate first and register later’ flexibility can only be practised in rural areas and is not applicable to urban areas which will continue to follow the MySejahtera system.

“It is not for urban areas obviously because Internet access is high and the MySejahtera system will ensure smooth and efficient roll out of the vaccines,” he explained.

Abang Johari noted that 8,662 people in Kapit have been vaccinated which only accounted for about 10 per cent of the district’s population.

“According to the registration list, there are 53,270 people remaining who have yet to receive the vaccine.

“That’s why we are working to ramp up vaccination including with the help from medical officers from the Armed Forces and paramedics from the Kapit Division Health Office,” he added.

Given the geographical and logistical challenges in Sarawak, Abang Johari said that Baram, Limbang and Lawas are among the areas where mobile outreach teams will also be deployed to for vaccination purposes.

Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Dr James Masing Jemut were among those present during Abang Johari’s visit. — DayakDaily