TATAU (June 30): Seven residents with limited mobility from Long Beyak village, located in Ulu Kakus, Tatau, received their first dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine via the flying doctor service on Tuesday.
The villagers were Aran Dungau, 96; Seting Odau, 93; Ulan Ncau, 92; Ngerung Kaang, 73; Edah Bilong, 72; Andy Ambrose, 34; and Emanuel Ibin, 32.
Village chief Edum Batok thanked the government and all relevant agencies for speeding up the vaccination process to ensure all villagers in the remote area are inoculated against Covid-19.
“The Covid-19 vaccination via flying doctor service is very helpful to facilitate the jabs for the elderly, who have limited mobility to go to the vaccination centres (PPVs) in Tatau or in Belaga,” he said after the vaccination programme at the village.
He pointed out all 80 residents living in the village have been vaccinated, with others who were able to travel getting their jabs at Tatau District PPV and Belaga District PPV.
“For residents from Long Beyak who are in the city, whether they work in Miri, Bintulu, Kuching, or in Peninsular Malaysia, I call on those who have not yet registered for vaccination to do so immediately,” he said.
Edum stressed vaccination is very important to protect themselves and their community from being infected by the virus.
He also urged the community to support any government effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, such as complying with standard operating procedures.
Sarawak has been ramping up Covid-19 vaccinations to ensure 80 per cent of the population is vaccinated by August.
This includes the vaccinate first, register later system particularly in rural areas with poor access to the internet and take up of the MySejahtera app.
As of yesterday (June 29), a total of 1,030,188 in Sarawak had received at least the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.