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KUCHING, Aug 26: A total of 9,937 or 98 per cent of 10,133 childcare and pre-school teachers, assistant teachers and caregivers under various agencies in Sarawak have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said that her ministry has worked closely with the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and various vaccination centres (PPVs) to vaccinate childcare and pre-school educators and their staff.
The assurance came in response to concerns disclosed by social activist Voon Shiak Ni who called for all eligible persons, especially workers at childcare centres and schools to be vaccinated.
“Besides our initiative and commitment to ensure educators and caregivers are vaccinated, we would like to also appeal to parents and families with young children to get vaccinated.
“It is indeed everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety of our children,” Fatimah said in a statement issued today.
As of Aug 5, a total of 5,328 (98 per cent) of teachers and caregivers in kindergartens throughout Sarawak have received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose, while 3,277 or 61 per cent have completed their two-dose vaccination.
For pre-schools, a total of 790 (98 per cent) of teachers and caregivers have received their first vaccine dose, while 547 (68 per cent) have been fully vaccinated.
For assistant teachers, a total of 3,747 (99 per cent) of them in kindergartens have received their first vaccine dose, while 2,094 (55 per cent) have completed their two-dose vaccination.
For pre-schools, a total of 153 (98 per cent) of their workers have received their first vaccine dose, while 89 (57 per cent) have been fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, it was reported that Sarawak is ready to roll out Covid-19 vaccines for young people aged between 12 to 17 years old soon.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that the vaccination programme for the group is currently waiting for the green light from the Ministry of Health (MOH). — DayakDaily