Covid-19: Single dose vaccines to be given to the homeless in Sarawak through outreach programme

SIBU: Homeless people in the state will be given a single dose of vaccine against Covid-19 through an outreach programme, says Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

The state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister said single dose vaccines were more appropriate to be administered to the homeless due to their mobility.

She said the vaccination programme will start off in Kuching next week, followed by other divisions.

She said this to reporters after presenting food aid on Wednesday (July 14) to those who had raised the white flags in Jalan Tiong Hua area.

"The state Health Department director (Dr Mohamad Sapian) has agreed that single dose vaccines be given to the homeless as during this movement control order period, it is very challenging for us to find them as they are not in the same place but are constantly on the move," she said.

“My ministry and the state Health Ministry are working together to vaccinate the homeless. During this MCO, we will go out to find them and gather them at a place where the vaccination will be done through an outreach programme," she said.

Fatimah said the number of homeless people had also increased during the MCO when people lost their jobs.

According to the ministry's statistics, a total of 237 homeless people were identified from 83 operations in 11 divisions state-wide in 2020.

Kuching has the most with 90 people, Bintulu 43, Sibu 41, Miri 21, Sri Aman 18, Sarikei 9, Limbang 7, while Kapit, Serian, Betong and Mukah have two each.

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