Sarawak plantation sectors soon to get Covid-19 vaccinations too

File photo depicting a dose of the various Covid-19 vaccines. Photo source: Flickr, Creative Commons License

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, June 25: Covid-19 vaccination plans will soon be rolled out for the plantation sectors in Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said all the sectors in the State would be given attention for vaccination including those serving in the plantation industry.

“After this, we will roll out (immunisation programmes) for the plantation (sectors) at farming areas,” he said.

He said the Sarawak government especially the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is doing their own research to identify sectors requiring vaccination and all sectors will be analysed.

Once all employees in a sector, for example the industrial sector that the State’s inoculation operations are focused on at the moment, have gotten their vaccine shots, he said the number of Covid-19 cases from that sector will be monitored.

“If the numbers decrease, then we slowly open up (the industry) as normal, slowly of course,” he said during a press conference at Samajaya Industrial Park vaccination centre here today.

In the past few weeks, several industrial Covid-19 vaccination centres (PPVs) were set up at different places to cater for employees in related sectors.

Among these industrial PPVs are those at the Bintulu Press Metal Sdn Bhd, Longi Sdn Bhd at Samajaya High-Tech Park, tHe Spring Shopping Mall and Vivacity Megamall.

Other than the industrial sector, similar programmes for the service sectors are also being implemented especially those in the tourism industry.

Yesterday (June 24), the first Tourism Sector Industrial PPV in the whole of Malaysia was launched at the Association of Churches Sarawak at Jalan Stampin and the vaccination programme would be held for four days until June 27.

A total of about 2,000 tourism industry players have registered voluntarily through their respective employers and 321 of them were successfully vaccinated yesterday. — DayakDaily