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Seniors in rural Sarawak can walk in for Covid jabs as state govt ramps up vaccination efforts

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg also says people can register after they have received the vaccine.

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The Sarawak government is upping its vaccination efforts, especially in rural areas, with Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today saying that senior citizens in these parts will be allowed to walk in for Covid-19 jabs.

Speaking at a press conference in Kuching, Abang Johari said this was necessary to ensure that the jabs are accessible to all, especially those in the rural areas who are not tech savvy.

“The problem of people who are not tech savvy is not only among those in the rural areas,” he said.

“In urban areas, too, there are significant numbers of people who have neither the knowledge nor the proper infrastructure to use the MySejahtera app.

“So what we’ve done is to be more flexible. By using this hybrid system, I hope it can expedite the immunisation programme in Sarawak.”

He said the move would also allow the state government to identify the data of those who have already been vaccinated.

“They can go to the vaccination centre and get themselves registered after they have received the vaccine,” he said.

“This would ease the burden of people coming from remote areas.”

He said he had also instructed the representatives to help reach everyone in the state.

“We hope we can achieve our target this month to administer one million doses of vaccine,” he said.

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