Sarawak begins ‘mopping up’ stage for its vaccination programme

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK is considering nominating one vaccination centre for ‘walk-ins’ at major cities in the state as a mopping up operation for the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Sim Kui Hian said as most of those registered via MySejahtera had been vaccinated, they are targeting the small number of people who have not received their vaccines.

“This is a new challenge – the beginning of our mopping up operation which was predicted and anticipated (such an issue) to arise months ago,” he wrote in his Facebook post.

As for his Batu Kawah constituency, Dr Sim said Form 6 students from SMK Batu Kawa would be placed under the backup list – to ensure that vaccines are not wasted at the end of the day – while the students can be vaccinated.

He is also optimistic that more economic sectors will be opened as Sarawak is set to approach Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

Under Phase Two, dine-ins would be allowed in restaurants subject to strict observation of the set standard operating procedures (SOP).

However, social activities such as birthday parties and weddings would still be prohibited as these could result in crowding.