No let-up in state’s bid for herd immunity and economic recovery


Health offices in Sarawak have dispatched mobile vaccination teams to remote rural areas, including high-risk ones. - Filepic

Sarawak’s vaccination rate, the highest in the country at 77.3% as of July 22, is said to be due to the relentless efforts by the state government.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, in his statement to mark Sarawak Day celebration which fell on July 22, said Sarawak government took into account the state’s unique geographical features in pursuing rapid vaccination to stem the spread of the virus.

“District and municipal health offices despatched mobile vaccination teams to remote rural areas, including high-risk ones, to reach the people there.

“No one has been left behind in the entire vaccination drive,” he emphasised.

Tiong said that faced with the incredible task of containing the pandemic and addressing the economic downturn, the state government had implemented various measures including strict border controls to prevent the spread of new cases and achieving a high vaccination rate.

“The forward-looking decision has been the key factor in mitigating the worst of the pandemic.

“It also depended strongly on the unique spirit of unity and cooperation among Sarawakians at all levels,” he asserted.

With all efforts combined, Tiong believed the state would be able to realise its goal of reaching herd immunity as soon as possible and that its economic recovery would follow soon after.

He said in order for the people to see substantial improvements in living standards, there was a need to create a fertile foundation for Sarawak’s continuous economic growth, and a better society where people could live and work in peace and contentment.

“Funding infrastructure upgrades in each region is one of the ways to pave the way for future investments,” he said.

In the days to come, he hopes the people will continue to work together and firmly put the Sarawak First slogan into action.

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