25 workplace clusters with over 1,700 cases in Sarawak within a month

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SARAWAK has decided to set up more industrial vaccination centres (PPV) due to an increase in Covid-19 workplace clusters throughout the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg said there were a total 25 new clusters detected from May 29 to June 24.

“In less than a month, we have 25 new workplace clusters, with 1,765 people infected, which include family members and people living within the same residential area or village,” he said.

“Thus, two industrial PPVs have been set up in shopping malls and one in the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone in Kuching,” he said.

He said the vaccination centres set up in the shopping malls will prioritise their management and tenant staff and some other industries.

Meanwhile, the industrial PPV at the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone will be operating for four days, starting today with a target to administer 2,724 doses for the workers there.

Speaking at a press conference held after visiting the industrial PPVs today, Abang Johari said while the vaccines are provided free by the government, the private sector will foot the bill for setting up such centres and other costs and expenses.

Abang Johari also assured that villagers without MyKads will not face issues in receiving their vaccination.

“Don’t worry, we have already looked into this issue as we are aware there are some who don’t have MyKad.

“So, the community leaders or village heads will verify that they (those without MyKad) are residents in their respective areas,” he said.

He also said more than a million people or 40 per cent of the population in Sarawak have been vaccinated, with at least the first dose.

“We are confident of achieving 80 per cent herd immunity by the end of August and are also expecting the single dose CanSino vaccine soon.” – NST

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