Some of us are still skeptical whether to take the Covid-19 vaccination while the world battles the Pandemic.
This is due to all kinds of unverified reports on social media over the possible side effects one may get after receiving the vaccination, while medical reports clearly state that the benefits of receiving the vaccines far outweigh the alleged side-effects.
Recently, two octogenarian Orang Ulu women from a rural district in Sarawak braved rapids and downpours to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
According to Dr Marcos Popey, a medical officer at the Belaga Health Clinic in Kapit, Sarawak, the duo took their vaccinations on the first day of Phase 2 of the Vaccination programme.
He said the programme started in Belaga on May 7 and the two Orang Ulu ladies – Lian Jubin, 86 and Apong Salleh, 87, of the Punan ethnicity from Punan Biau, Belaga were present.
Dr Marcos said their trip to the vaccination centre was a remarkable effort as they travelled via boat to the Belaga Health Clinic to get their first jab.
“It was not an easy journey as it was raining and they had to go through multiple river rapids to reach the vaccination centre,” Dr Marcos said.
According to reports in Malaysiakini, Belaga is home to many Orang Ulu ethnic groups such as Kayan, Kenyah, Punan, Kejaman, Lahanan, Penan and Sekapan which have their own languages and cultural practices.
It is located on the upper reaches of the Rajang River, some 120km northeast of Kapit and slightly less than 100km from the South China Sea coast near Bintulu.
However, its dense forest and rough terrain mean that the travel time is significantly more than the distances would suggest.
“The total population that has registered and is eligible for vaccination in Belaga is 28,246,” said Dr Marcos, adding that the first phase of vaccination in Belaga took place on March 7.