By S. Harrish
THE State government should stop blaming the people and start getting serious on expediting the vaccination process.
To speed up the vaccination process, Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen said the government should cut bureaucracy and allow for “Vaccinate First, Register and Update Later” process.
He said private clinics should be given a few hundred of doses of vaccine each and public be allowed to go to these clinics for vaccination without having to wait for an appointment from the MySejahtera app.
To do this, he said the Government should first expedite the involvement of private clinics into the vaccination programme.
Chong, who is also Sarawak DAP chief, also suggested that 100 mobile teams be set up to go around housing estates throughout Sarawak and use the community halls or even schools as temporary vaccination centres.
He said the whole purpose of an app was to facilitate and make a task easier but MySejahtera had become burdensome and slowed down the process of vaccination.
Chong said in a statement that the vaccination rate in Sarawak was still very slow with only a total of 380,864 people inoculated as of yesterday.
Based on the figures obtained from JKJAV Facebook page, he said an average of 10,736 vaccine doses were administered per day since May31, with the maximum number being 14,781 on June 7.
“This is despite the setting up of the BCCK as an additional centre for the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
Chong said that Dr Sim Kui Hian had boasted in April that the State government had the capacity to vaccinate 50,000 people per day and blamed it on the lack of vaccine supply for the slow vaccination rate.
He added that on May 15, Dr Sim’s Assistant Minister for Housing and Public Health Dr Annuar Rapaee announced that Sarawak will get the supply of 500,000 Sinovac within a week.
“But, there was no such supply even at the end of May. Instead, on May 28, Khairy came to Sarawak and announced it will be getting 380,000 doses weekly from the Federal government starting June and that there is no need for Sarawak to purchase additional vaccine doses.”
Yet there is still no marked increase in the rate of vaccination in Sarawak, he said.
Chong said the GPS government should realise that any delay in the administration of the vaccines will cause unnecessary loss of lives, prolong the agony of the front-liners and greater economic losses.