Military manpower gives welcomed boost to Kapit’s rural Covid-19 vaccination drive

Abang Johari (centre) addressing a press conference. Also seen seated are Uggah (left) and Masing.

By Karen Bong

KAPIT, June 10: Medical and non-medical military officers including military veterans are rallying behind Covid-19 vaccination efforts in Kapit, a division with a total area of 38,934 sq km which is nearly the size of Pahang, in a vaccine drive which will be run in 32 schools that have been turned into vaccination centres.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas emphasised that a total of 32 schools across the division will be used as vaccination centres to expedite vaccination efforts, targeting longhouses and villages within designated localities in the vast area.

“With the vaccination centres opened up, the mobile outreach teams will be there ready to administer vaccine shots for people who come in.

“If they are not registered for vaccination, they can do so after receiving the vaccine shots,” he told a press conference when accompanying Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on a working visit to the town to oversee the Covid-19 vaccination drive here today.

Uggah, who is also the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, explained that the vaccination centres will cater only to longhouses and villages in their respective vicinity.

“It is not like people from everywhere in Kapit can just go to any vaccination centre but one centre will be dedicated to one area.

“We are aware that there are areas where online registration is difficult (due to lack of Internet access), so they can get the vaccination first while registering at the same time,” he said.

It was understood that the Resident Office has scheduled vaccination drives for respective longhouses to avoid congestion and overcrowding.

Abang Johari also urged elected representatives to assist their constituents as well as in the coordination of the vaccination drives to ensure a smooth process. — DayakDaily