160 Mara Betong students get first vaccine dose


BETONG: One hundred and sixty students of Maktab Rendah Sains (Mara) Betong were among the 13 to 15 years old, who received their first vaccination dose at PPV Dewan Panglima Rentap Betong on Saturday (Sept 25).

Head of Science Department, MRSM Betong and the coordinator of the Covid-19 Taskforce at MRSM Betong, Mohd. Zaim Kassan was happy that students in the age group received the vaccine.

He said the jabs would increase the students’ self-confidence to continue learning face-to-face when the school session opened later.

“Students who are accompanied by their parents or guardians had cooperated well and had come early to this PPV to  register for their vaccination.

“During the programme, the PPV secretariat did not face any problems and the registration process went smoothly and all those involved complied with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH),” he explained.

Zaim added that most of the parents he met were grateful and thankful for the government’s efforts and hoped that their children would be able to return to school as usual despite being in the endemic phase.

Form One1 student, Izzah Hafizan, who is from Pahang, but  attended school here was accompanied by her father, Hafizan Hassan.

“I was a little scared but it was good to see other friends getting their jabs today,” she said.

In contrast, Eddynielson Sigai, a Form Two student from Rumah Empathy Steward, Selangking, Ulu Layar, was not scared but happy to be vaccinated today.

“This is a preparation before we start the school session face-to-face later,” said the boy who was accompanied by his father, Sigai Jampi.

According to the PPV coordinating officer of Dewan Panglima Rentap, Christina Peter, apart from MRSM students, there were  also ‘walk-in’ registrations for teenagers aged 13 to 17 who were no longer in school.

She added this group of teenagers would receive their second vaccine dose on October 10, 2021.

Some of the students waiting their turns to register.

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