Herd immunity possible by September, says CM

Abang Johari (third from left) visiting a vaccination booth in Long Singut.

SARAWAK is likely to achieve herd immunity by mid-August or September, based on the vaccination rate so far in the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this in his speech to residents of Long Singut (a Kenyah village near the border between Sarawak and Kalimantan in Hulu Baleh).

He expressed confidence that Sarawak would be able to achieve this with the cooperation of all parties, including the Armed Forces and the people, in completing the vaccination programme.

Abang Johari said he was very satisfied with the overall progress of the vaccination exercise in Sarawak, which was ahead of other states.

Citing vaccination statistics in the Kapit division, he said it had achieved 84% in administration of the second dose – exceeding the target of 80%.

This, he added, was very encouraging given Kapit’s topography and its scattered population.

The vaccination programme in the village is run by the military, with the cooperation of various parties especially the Kapit division administration.

Abang Johari was accompanied by state and Federal Government officials during his visit to review the grant programme for 178 recipients in the settlement.

Also present was Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong and East Medan Commander Lt-Jen Datuk Mardzuki Muhammad.

Earlier, the Chief Minister was briefed on developments in the settlement, including infrastructure facilities, citizenship issues and vaccination programmes.

He approved allocations to build roads, churches and halls for the village.

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