SIBU: Sarawak's Sibu Division is on the threshold of vaccinating 70% of its population against Covid-19 by the end of July, says Clarence Ting.
The Sibu Municipal Council chairman said the division, which has a total population of 230,000 people, had already vaccinated more than 60% of its residents.
"Based on the internationally recognised figure of 70% for herd immunity, we are very near this target but a lot of effort is still needed," he said at the closing of the Phase One vaccinations for the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas) at University College of Technology Sarawak on Monday (July 5).
Pansar Holdings Bhd took the lead in organising the Pikas programme here.
"I hope those who have not registered or are still undecided, will come forward for the vaccination as we need to move forward. Whether or not we can open our economy depends on the number of people jabbed," he said.
"I am concerned that if we continue to close our businesses, the economy will be affected.
“I am sure businesses are also suffering," said Ting, hoping that vaccination would help reduce the number of daily Covid-19 cases and allow businesses to reopen soon.
Pansar Holding managing director Datuk Jason Tai said the week-long phase one initiative saw 14,000 doses of vaccines administered.
He said phase two for the second dose would begin on July 19.
"We have registered another 3,667 people and they will be vaccinated on Thursday (July 8) and Friday (July 9).
“There are plans to conduct mobile vaccinations at oil palm plantations to vaccinate the workers there within this week,” he said.