More than 80% of homeless get first vaccination dose

Almost all 121 homeless individuals in Sarawak have received their Covid-19 vaccination, with 83.5% getting their first dose and 42% their second dose as at Sept 7.

Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said only 18 in Bintulu had yet to receive their first dose while all 31 in Kuching had received their first dose.

At a vaccination drive for the homeless in Sibu, she said the state had completed its efforts in Serian, Betong, Samarahan, Miri, Kapit, Sarikei and Sibu.

“As of Sept 5, the number of homeless who received their first dose of the vaccine was 107 while 42 of them had completed their second dose.

“We have not started vaccination in Bintulu but we expect it to be completed by Sept 11,” she added.

On the renovation of the Malaysian Government Servants Welfare and Sports Council (Maksak) building to turn it into a temporary transit centre for the homeless, Fatimah said the project was now 84% complete and expected to be ready for use by October.

“The temporary transit centre will be a place for the homeless to rest. They can go there to bathe and sleep at night.

“They will be provided with dinner as well,” she said.

Fatimah said the homeless would receive skills training so they could become independent.

“We are thinking of providing urban farming and fertigation training so that they can earn an income from their produce,” she said.

She also noted that counselling would be available by Health Ministry at the temporary transit centre and the centre would be run by a non-governmental organisation. — By ANDY CHUA

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