Uggah pleased with positive vaccination response in Bekenu, urges for more to “come first, register later”

Uggah (right) observing a rural folk being vaccinated.

KUCHING, June 18: Elected representatives and community leaders from Sarawak rural constituencies are urged to continue to encourage hesitant individuals to come forward for their Covid-19 vaccinations.

Satisfied with the positive response from the people in Bekenu today, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said he was pleased that the people realise the importance of vaccines.

He emphasised that there are currently five vaccination centres (PPVs) in the Bekenu area and that the interior folks should visit any one of the vaccination centres to get their first jabs before getting themselves registered in the MySejahtera system.

“It is being provided free of any charges by the government. On the registration process, interior folks cannot totally rely on the MySejahtera application due to the occasional technical hiccups.

“So, they should follow our Chief Minister’s advice for them to come first to get their jabs and then register themselves. This is more suitable for their scenario,” he said during a visit to the PPV at Bekenu Community Hall here today.


Uggah (second left) and Rosey (first left) being briefed by Dr Monica (second right) at the Bekenu PPV.

He added that the community hall has the capacity to administer 1,000 doses per day.

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said the efforts to vaccinate rural folks is being actively carried out and daily vaccinations are now given out at community halls, schools and health clinics statewide by medical teams including mobile ones from health departments.

Also present at the PPV were Assistant Minister for Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Rosey Yunus, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni, Miri Division Health Officer Dr Raviwharmman Packierisamy and Beluru PPV medical officer-in-charge Dr Monica Tan. — DayakDaily