3,000 residents in Sibu have registered to be vaccinated at Lakis’ mobile PPV

Dr Annuar (left) checking the blood pressure of a recipient before allowing him to proceed for the vaccination.

SIBU, June 24: Some 3,000 residents here have registered to be vaccinated via the mobile vaccination centre (PPV) initiated by the Sibu Islamic Welfare Trust Board (Lakis) that begun its five-day operation since yesterday for areas surrounding An-Nur Mosque.

Assistant Minister for Housing and Public Health Dr Annuar Rapaee pointed out that from Wednesday until Sunday (June 27), the mobile PPV is aiming to vaccinate some 500 to 600 residents in the surrounding areas daily.

“Under this mechanism, JKKK (Village Security and Development Committee) will send the names (of recipients) to the ‘call team’ who will contact the residents to give them their appointment date and time to attend the vaccination.

“Up to date, some 3,000 residents have registered with the call team and we will try to increase the number to ensure more residents in Sibu are vaccinated,” he told Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS) when met during his visit to the mobile PPV yesterday.

However, Dr Annuar who is also Nangka assemblyman, stressed that the mobile PPV will not accept ‘walk-ins’ due to concerns that it may cause congestion and disruption to vaccination procedure as people will come in at their own timing.

He added that the mobile PPV, which was a collaborative initiative between the 9th Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Sibu Welfare Trust Board and An-Nur Mosque, will be facilitated by 39 armed forces personnel.

“The An-Nur Mosque is also trying out a new approach by compiling a list of staff, bilal, iman as well as committees of surau, churches and temples throughout Sibu to make arrangements for vaccination to be done.

“We will set the time and date for them to be vaccinated here,” he said. — DayakDaily