CM: ‘Jab first, register later’ to apply for sub-urban communities as MySejahtera app encounters problems

Abang Johari being briefed by Bintulu Division health officer Dr Melvin Chung during his visit to industrial PPV at Press Metal Bintulu.

BINTULU, June 17: The ‘jab first, register later’ initiative will be considered for local communities even in sub-urban areas in Bintulu Division, given that there were some issues arising from the MySejahtera mobile app when it comes to updating information.

In this scenario, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that local communities will be given vaccination first before registering their information.

“Generally, the local community will be given vaccination through the ‘inject first, register later’ approach because there are problems with MySejahtera such as information sometimes failing to be updated.

“For instance in areas like Tatau, Sebauh (within Bintulu Division) and even areas within Bintulu (District) itself like Sg Plan, Kidurong and (RPR) Bandaria, we have to use this approach.

“If their names are not registered, we will jab first then register. This will expedite the process (of vaccination),” he told a press conference after visiting the industrial vaccination centre (PPV) set up at Press Metal Bintulu near Samalaju Industrial Park here today.

Abang Johari commended Press Metal for taking the initiative to set up their own industrial PPV as well as frontliners involved as they are targeting to inoculate about 6,000 workers from the aluminium smelting plant as well as workers of industries operating within the park in effort to accelerate the vaccination process in Bintulu.

Noting that a similar PPV will also be set up in Kidurong, he said there would not be any major problems as Bintulu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (Bintulu DDMC) will handle the arrangement including that of manpower and resources.

“We will discuss the further details including shortage of nurses and volunteers.

“We need volunteers and it seems that the manpower is sufficient (meantime) but maybe can be increased as more PPVs are being set up,” he added.

He emphasised that it was important for people to get vaccinated in conjunction with the scheduled arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, with one batch enroute to Bintulu from Miri today.

With some 200,000 people in Bintulu eligible for vaccination, he believes that Bintulu can attain at least an 80 per cent vaccination rate, as daily inoculations will be ramped up to 5,000 doses from the 3,000 dose capacity currently when more PPVs are activated.

“With this, it will help to contain the pandemic and bring the number of cases down,” he said.

Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as well as Bintulu MP Dato Sri Tiong King Sing were among those present at the event. — DayakDaily