‘Sarawakians having more confidence in vaccine’

Ting receiving the Covid-19 vaccination.

SARAWAKIANS are more receptive to the Covid-19 vaccine now than they were weeks earlier, says Housing and Local Government Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee.

Speaking to reporters after receiving his Covid-19 vaccination at Lanang Health Clinic in Sibu, he said lately, there has been a change in perception as most of the people in the state have started to give positive feedback.

He said they were now asking how soon they could get vaccinated.

“This shows that people are starting to have more confidence in the vaccine, ” he added.

As Sibu is still recording a high number of new cases, Dr Annuar urged those who have tested positive for Covid-19 to be honest with their friends.

“Be honest and inform your friends if they have come into close contact with you.

“Tell them to go for a swab test.

“This is one of the ways for us to control the spread of the virus, ” he said, reminding everyone to always adhere to the standard operating procedure.

On the vaccination programme in Sibu, the Nangka assemblyman said it was divided into two phases.

“Phase One involves 3,500 frontliners and has already begun.

“Most of these frontliners are from the hospital, while others include police personnel, soldiers as well as members of Rela and the Civil Defence Force, ” he said.

Phase Two, which will be from April to August, is for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Among those first to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting, Sibu Rural District Council chairman Sempurai Petrus and Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit.

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