Heads of religious institutions support Sarawak’s Covid-19 immunisation programme

Abang Johari receiving the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in this file photo.

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KUCHING, April 13: The heads of religious institutions in Sarawak has reiterated their support for the government’s Covid-19 immunisation programme.

The major religious institutions in Sarawak namely the Association of Churches Sarawak, Sarawak Evangelical Christian Association, Malaysia Buddhist Association Sarawak Branch, Malaysia Hindu Sangam Sarawak State Council, Sarawak Sikh Temple Association, the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Sarawak and the Kuching Hokkien Association representing the Taoist Faith in a joint press statement said they supported the government’s effort to provide Covid-19 vaccine to the citizens after meeting with the Sarawak Government recently.

“We need to stand as one, no matter what race or creed we represent, in response to this pandemic as it does not discriminate either by race or religion.

“Therefore, get yourself registered and be vaccinated.

“Let us all support the Sarawak Government’s Immunisation Programme which is one of inclusivity; leaving no one behind.

“Together, we will overcome this pandemic,” it said.

The meeting between the heads of religious bodies and the Sarawak government was to discuss and update the heads of religious institutions on the government’s immunisation programme, which is presently being implemented.

Meanwhile, the religious bodies noted that it is the individual’s ultimate decision whether to be vaccinated or not.

At the same time, the Sarawak Islamic Council also stated that it is one’s responsibility to safeguard oneself by taking the Covid-19 vaccine as a prevention from contracting the coronavirus.

The other religious bodies also concurred with the call from Sarawak Islamic Council adding that the government’s immunisation programme is aimed at creating herd immunity among the Sarawak’s population. — DayakDaily