SIBU: Sarawak's Covid-19 vaccination programme has achieved its objective as the number of deaths and cases admitted to hospital ICU have been greatly reduced, says the Chief Minister.
Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg (pic) said though the Covid-19 situation in the state is still not stable, the number of infections was currently in a manageable state.
"The death rate and cases at ICU have come down. This shows that our vaccination programme is very effective," he said.
"I would like to congratulate the people in the state on this achievement.
"We are also one of the best performing states (in the vaccination programme)."
He was speaking at a press conference during his visit to a Mobile Outreach Programme at Nanga Jagau, Kanowit on Saturday (July 31).
He said the state has so far fully vaccinated 55% of its population of 2.08 million people.
"Hopefully by the end of August, we can hit 80% for herd immunity as most the people in our urban areas are now receiving their second dose," he said.
On the outreach programme that the military and the Health Department jointly carried out, he said they had covered most parts of the remote areas in the state.
"The army goes to the people in the remote area by river and by air.
"They had even reached the very remote area in Long Singut," he said.
In Nanga Jagau, Abang Johari said 86% or 7,000 of the residents had been vaccinated.
"I advise everyone, even those who are fully vaccinated, to always adhere to the SOP to prevent an outbreak of the disease," he said.
Among those accompanying the Chief Minister at the visit were his deputy Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing and Local Government and Housing Minister, Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.