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By Jaythaleela K
MIRI, Feb 22: Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting are stepping forward to get Covid-19 vaccinated to promote public confidence in the vaccine’s safety.
Ting hope that this will help to boost the public’s confidence to take the vaccine.
“Datuk Lee and myself will take the lead and most likely other VIPs will join us to encourage the public in Miri to get vaccinated,” said Ting when met today after officiating at the Zone 6 Miri Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba)’s ‘Fat2Fit challenge’ programme which kicks off on March 1 and ends on May 1 this year.
At the event, Ting presented 500 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), 36 bottles of sanitizers and 3,000 face masks to Miri Bomba.
Receiving all these items on behalf of the firefighters was Bomba Zone 6 chief Supt Law Poh Kiong.
“Yes, I would volunteer myself to get vaccinated. As you all know, our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will be having his (vaccination) on Feb 27 and I believe other full ministers and assistant ministers will go with him (to get vaccinated)…and in Miri myself and Datuk Lee Kim Shin will get our vaccination on March 6,” Ting said when asked if he would volunteer for the vaccination programme in Miri.
Sarawak plans to roll out a three-phase vaccination programme which is scheduled to be launched on Feb 27.
Meanwhile, on public misconceptions and stigmatising responses to the Covid-19 vaccine , Ting said that getting vaccinated is the way to move forward because vaccination is meant to protect the people from the lethal coronavirus.
“If we look at the figures worldwide, 40 million vaccinated and the percentage for negative part (sic) on the vaccine is very low, and for me, I encouraged my family to be vaccinated because that would be the way to move forward,” he explained. — DayakDaily