DAP Yong urges govt to set up more centres to roll out vaccine shots

Violet Yong

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KUCHING, April 30: Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong has urged the State Health Department to set up another vaccination centre in Kuching to accelerate the rollout of vaccine jabs for Sarawakians.

Noting that only the Petra Jaya Indoor Stadium and government hospitals are currently the only vaccination centres in Kuching, Yong emphasised that there was an urgent need to set up additional centres to boost the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).

“I call on the Sarawak State Health Department with the support and assistance of the State government to set up another vaccination centre in Kuching for the purpose of expediting the rollout of the vaccination plan for Sarawakians,” she said in a statement today.

Yong suggested that Kuching South City Council’s (MBKS) community hall was a suitable venue to be turned into a vaccination centre.

“It is hoped that the Sarawak Health Department and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) could seriously look into this suggestion,” she said.

As more doses of the vaccine are scheduled to arrive in the State, she pointed out that it was necessary for Sarawak to to be fully prepared especially with a sufficient number of vaccination centres to roll out the vaccines.

“In order for Sarawak to meet its target in making sure that two million individuals targeted under the NIP in the State get vaccinated by the end of August this year, it is important for the State to set up as many vaccination centres as possible,” she added.

Yong believes that all Sarawakians are fully behind the government to ensure Sarawak could meet its target of completing the vaccination plan on time.

“We need all targeted populations in the State to receive their Covid-19 vaccines as soon as possible so as to achieve a herd community and break the chain of Covid-19 infections,” she said, noting that the current Covid-19 situation in Sarawak is worrying. — DayakDaily