Many in Sibu outskirts may not have been vaccinated if not for a vaccination bus visiting their area.
Bawang Assan SUPP chairman Senator Robert Lau said those in Rantau Panjang and Kemuyang, for instance, were only able to get their shots after they got a knock on their door for them to get the vaccine.
He added that the mobile unit visited two People’s Housing Projects (PPR) in Rantau Panjang and Kemuyang and a number turned up to be vaccinated after word got around that the bus was in the area.
“I’m surprised that many in the outskirts have not been vaccinated and that they may remain that way if we do not bring the mobile unit to them.
“In Kemuyang, we covered two longhouses in Tamin constituency, even though it is only 16km from Sibu town centre,” he said.
At Rantau Panjang, he noted that 260 people were vaccinated on July 18.
Over at Kemuyang Youth Camp, 163 people were vaccinated on the same day.
Also on that day, the vaccination centre at Sungai Sadit (Ching Ang Methodist Church) saw 1,140 residents receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
Lau said more locals at Selalo, Tanjung Kunyit and Paradom showed up at vaccination centres in an outreach programme.
“More than half of the 300 are foreign workers at various sawmills and factories.
“Many would not be vaccinated if they are asked to register for vaccination via MySejahtera,” he added.