THE outreach programme to vaccinate fringe Orang Asli communities has shown encouraging results, said Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
He said the programme implemented since June would become a stepping stone to vaccinate the entire Orang Asli community in the state.
“Vaccine acceptance among Orang Asli in rural areas has been well received with some of them also coming to health clinics and vaccination centres to ask about vaccination.
“As of Sept 13, up to 34,978 of first dose and 21,546 of second dose vaccines have been given to the Orang Asli community in the state,” he said when visiting Pos Lenjang, Lipis, to witness the programme that also covered the Orang Asli in nearby Pos Titom.
He said 497 single-dose CanSino vaccine were also given to the Orang Asli in Pos Lenjang.
As for the percentage of Orang Asli vaccine coverage by district for first dose, Bentong was at 87.8%, Raub (86.6%), Bera (80.5%), Rompin (77%), Temerloh (72.4%), Kuantan (67.3%), Cameron Highlands (65.6%), Maran (64.5%), Pekan (56.6%), Jerantut (50.7%) and Lipis (47.2%).
The percentage of vaccine coverage by district for second dose was Bentong (61.9%), Raub (61.9%), Bera (60.2%), Kuantan (56.3%), Maran (53%), Cameron Highlands (52.8%), Jerantut (44.5%), Rompin (43.1%), Temerloh (36.9%), Lipis (35.1%), and Pekan (14%).
As of Sept 13, Wan Rosdy said the number of unvaccinated Orang Asli were 16,917 people, 11,662 of whom were fringe Orang Asli communities while the rest were 5,255 rural Orang Asli.
The total number of Pahang residents who had received their first dose were 953,928 people or 81.1% of the target of 1.175 million adults aged 18 and above.
A total of 686,205 people had already completed their vaccination, said Wan Rosdy.
He said 1.103 million or 83.7% of the target population among adults aged 18 and above in the state had registered through the MySejahtera application.