Sibu Division Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force targets 70 pct or 190,000 residents vaccinated by August

Table showing the number of people in Sibu Division registered for the Covid-19 vaccine.

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SIBU, May 29: The Sibu Division Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) has come up with a Roll Out Plan for its Vaccination Programme.

The plan targets to get 70 per cent or 190,000 residents vaccinated by the end of this August so as to create a herd immunity.

Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee in his Facebook Livestream today believed that with the rollout plan and the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) from May 29 to June 11, the Covid-19 curve could be flattened.

“The Covid-19 situation in the division is still not stable as it has been on the up and down trend,” he said.

According to the plan, they are targeting to administer 33,447 doses per week in June, 40,858 doses per week in July and 50,815 doses per week in August.

“The plan is also in line with the target of making Sarawak the first State to be fully vaccinated by August as announced by the coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday,” said the Nangka assemblyman.

Dr Annuar said based on the data, the number of people in the division, aged 18 and above, registered for the vaccine as at May 24 is still not satisfactory yet.

There are a total of 232,528 residents in the division but only 141,650 had signed up. Another 90,878 are needed to register for the vaccine.

According to the breakdown, there are 194,452 residents in Sibu district, but only 121,575 of them (62.5 per cent) had registered for the vaccine while 72,877 have not done so.

As for Kanowit district with 21,167 residents, only 11,524 (54.4 per cent)  had signed up while 9,643 are still hesitant.

Selangau district with 16,93 residents, saw 8,551 (50.61 per cent) registered while 8,358 have yet to do so.

“I urge those who have yet to register for the vaccine to do so as soon as possible. Sibu Municipal Council is now helping hawkers to register for the vaccine as they can’t trade if they are not vaccinated. But the hawkers cannot be forced to receive the vaccine if they do not want it,” he said.

On full lockdown from June 1 to 14, similar to MCO 1.0 as announced by the Prime Minister last night, he said the committee had yet to decide to implement it in the division.

“We have not discussed it yet. If there is a lockdown, it might either be a shorter or longer one. So we wait for it (decision). But what is important now is for the people to practice three things – wear face mask, don’t go out if necessary and wash your hands regularly,” he advised. — DayakDaily