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SIBU, Feb 18: The unpromising result of a recent Covid-19 vaccine survey on 26,716 respondents casts doubt in achieving a herd immunity against Covid-19 disease.
Assistant Minister for Housing and Local Government, Dr Annuar Rapaee in his Facebook Livestream on “What is Vaccine?” today said he conducted the survey 3 days ago to obtain feedback and opinion from the public on the state Covid-19 vaccination program.
“From the survey, 44% of them agreed to be vaccinated, 40% were undecided and the rest of 16% were against it,” he said.
Feeling uneasy with the poor respond to the program, he hoped those who were undecided will change their mind and accept the vaccination.
“The national vaccination program has set a target of 80% acceptance so as to establish a herd immunity against the disease. I therefore urge those who were undecided to accept it so that we can have a higher rate of acceptance, in spite of issues on the vaccine being played out,” he appealed.
On complaints of residents (of flats) under lockdown in Sibu Jaya who are still loitering outside their home, he said he had instructed the armed forces to start taking action.
Responding to a question from a netizen, he said the whole of Jalan Ulu Sungai Merah will not be put under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) but only on affected lanes with high cases.
“The 10 cases reported today were from two lanes in the area. If there are four lanes then we will consider placing them under lockdown,” he explained.
He also called on residents in the area to go for swab test if they have come into contact with the positive cases. — DayakDaily