Dennis praises ‘jab first, register later’ vaccination policy for rural folks as right move towards achieving herd immunity

Dennis Ngau

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MIRI, June 9: Telang Usan State assemblyman Dennis Ngau has described Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s “jab first, register later” policy for rural folks as the best approach to encourage people to get vaccinated.

“This will help ramp up the vaccination drive, especially in rural areas, otherwise people have difficulties (getting vaccinated),” he opined on Wednesday when contacted.

With more than 1,000 people in Telang Usan constituency having received their first and second dose of Covid-19 vaccines out of 4,000 of those who have registered via the MySejahtera app, the recent announcement by the Chief Minister is most welcome in order to encourage more people to get vaccinated, Dennis said.

For the record, Telang Usan constituency has a total population of over 25,000 people.

Dennis described the walk-in approach as a brilliant strategy by the State government to inoculate rural folks as fast as possible in order to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.

Dennis pointed out that getting vaccinated in rural areas was difficult, with many logistic challenges, as most folks have no smartphones in order to register through the MySejahtera app for the vaccines.

Currently, only one vaccination centre (PPV) is operating within Telang Usan constituency, in Long Lama.

However, beginning June 12, two PPVs will be open for to administer the vaccines.

These two PPVs are the Long Bedian and Long San Health Clinics.

When asked on whether the PPV in Long Lama was facing any manpower shortage in handling the vaccination process, Dennis said, that so far, they have sufficient manpower capacity. — DayakDaily