‘More vaccination centres needed in parts of Bintulu’

Tiong (second from right) speaking to frontliners at the PPV in Dewan Sri Kenyalang, Universiti Putra Malaysia in Bintulu.

AUTHORITIES are considering increasing the number of vaccination centres for densely populated areas of Bintulu in an effort to address demand and achieve herd immunity as soon as possible.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said although there were several vaccination centres in Bintulu, the numbers were insufficient.

“We are studying the need to establish additional vaccination centres from various perspectives, including recruitment of additional human resources and identifying suitable sites and spaces to expedite the vaccination process,” he said in a statement.

Tiong, who visited two vaccination centres (PPVs) in Bintulu on Sunday, also inspected potential locations in the Kidurong area that met the criteria for PPVs.

He recommended that the industrial sector and large enterprises cooperate with the government in the vaccination programme for their workers.

However, he pointed out that employers must bear the associated costs.

Regarding the vaccination programme, he advised the public to turn up for their appointment as stated in the MySejahtera app only at the appointed time to avoid long waiting periods and congestion.

“There were a handful of people who thought they could ‘cut the line’ by arriving a few hours before their appointment.

“But they ended up frustrated and sparked an altercation with staff at the PPV,” he said.

Separately, Tiong asked the police to thoroughly investigate social media users who post misinformation and negative comments concerning the national Covid-19 immunisation programme.

“Some individuals are posting old photos on social media and spreading rumours (about the vaccination process).

“If they truly reflect the real situation or provide constructive advice, we will certainly be grateful and take seriously the issues that arise.

“This is a critical period in the fight against the pandemic and the authorities are working hard to vaccinate people for the good of everyone.

“We hope people will cooperate to maintain community harmony and achieve the common goal of herd immunity,” he said.

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