By Karen Bong
KAPIT, June 10: Kapit Division’s Covid-19 vaccine supply will get a much-welcomed boost as a total of 16,680 doses are expected to be delivered on a weekly basis in order to enable the districts within the division to increase the pace of vaccination.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed that Kapit will receive 8,160 doses, Song will get 3,680 doses while Rasah and Belaga will get 4,840 doses each week.
“This is to enable the mobile outreach teams that have been deployed as well as the military teams and paramedics from the Kapit Division Health Office to deliver the vaccine shots on local residents.
“With the vaccine supply coming in weekly, which is important and we will ensure this, it means that Kapit Division can achieve 16,000 to 17,000 shots in two weeks,” he told a press conference during his working visit to oversee the operation of the vaccination drives in the town today.
With the increased pace of vaccination, Abang Johari hopes all residents in Kapit Division can complete their two doses of vaccine within the next couple of months in line with Sarawak’s target of having at least 70 per cent of its population vaccinated by the end of August.
“It is important to be vaccinated so that we can build the antibodies to fight Covid-19.
“Vaccination which is now being rolled out in phases is crucial to curb Covid-19 and bring the number of cases down,” he said.
However, he reminded people to continue practising self-discipline and the new normal by wearing face masks, observing physical distancing and keeping a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness until the pandemic situation improved significantly with at least 50 per cent of the population fully vaccinated, and until herd immunity is achieved.
He also expressed gratitude and appreciation to all frontliners including the military manning the field hospital in Kapit for working tirelessly and selflessly in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the visit, Abang Johari also approved RM400,000 for the mortuary facility in Kapit Hospital. — DayakDaily