3,000 residents complete their two vaccine doses

Vaccine recipients waiting for their turns at Dewan Suarah, Kota Samarahan.

SAMARAHAN: More than 3,000 residents in this district have completed their two Covid-19 vaccine doses since the vaccination programme started in April at the vaccination centre (PPV) at Dewan Suarah, Kota Samarahan here.

Dr Muhammad

This was revealed by the Dewan Suarah Kota Samarahan PPV chief Dr Muhammad Yusree.

He said as many as 600 vaccine recipients were scheduled to be vaccinated yesterday (June 12). Of the total, 384 would receive the second dose while 216 would receive the first dose.

Meanwhile, 168 vaccine recipients would be receiving their first dose of the vaccine today (June 13).

On the vaccination capacity at the hall, Dr Muhammad also explained that it could serve up to 600 people per day.

A medical staff administering the vaccine on Mudong.

This number was expected to increase to 1,000 per day as more people were expected to receive their vaccination appointments via the MySejahtera application under Phase 2.

He added the vaccination process from 8.30am to 4.30pm yesterday had been smooth.  

“The public’s response towards the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme was very good although there were some individuals who preferred other types of vaccines other than the one they were scheduled to receive.

“For instance, the scheduled vaccine yesterday (June 12) was the Pfizer vaccine, but some people requested for the Sinovac vaccine,” he said.

Suzita (left) accompanying her mother, Timah, to receive the second dose of the vaccine.

Dr Muhammad said these vaccine recipients had to be convinced so that so that the vaccination process could continue.

“Members of the public who choose not to receive the vaccine on the day of the appointment are advised to change the appointment date on the MySejahtera application, but the staff cannot promise the type of vaccine that they wish to take,” he said.

Dr Muhammad urged those who had not yet registered for vaccination to do so quickly so that the country could achieve herd immunity.

Meanwhile, Suzita Musa, who accompanied her mother Timah Abang Amin to get the jab, said that she had explained to her parents the benefits of getting the jab.

“I understand the impact of this pandemic.  Since senior citizens are those who face higher risks, registering them for the vaccination is the best move,” she said.

Timah, who just completed her second dose of the vaccine, said that she did not suffer any allergies or side effects after the jab.

Meanwhile, Mudong Jubang and his son, Str Mudong were happy and relieved to get their first dose of the vaccine.

“I urge the people to register for the vaccine because it has been certified safe by the Ministry of Health (MoH). There is nothing to be afraid of, plus it is free,” said Mudong.

Mudong (left) and his son Str are all smiles after getting the first dose of the vaccine.