Good response to teen vaccination

Dalat assemblywoman, Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah. (Inset) Vaccination data by Dalat District Education Office.

KUCHING: Parents are now very responsive to the vaccination programme for children aged 16 to 17 as they have a better understanding and awareness of the importance of immunisation, especially with the reopening of schools soon.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said this after witnessing an immunisation programme at two schools — SMK Oya and SMK Dalat.

“On Sept 10, both schools conducted a simultaneous vaccination exercise for students aged 16 and 17 for the first dose, which also finished on the same day.

“With the mental readiness of parents, good coordination between Dalat District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) and District Education Office, as well as teachers, the programme went on smoothly as planned,” she said yesterday (Sept 12).

The Dalat assemblywoman said as the people’s representative, as well as a grandmother herself, she highly welcomed the vaccination programme for the teenagers.

“The vaccine will aid in the development of immunity in their young bodies.

“The greater the number of people immunised in a community, the better,” she said.

She also indicated that the ‘mopping’ process, which targets dropouts or those who did not show up for the first dose appointment because they were under home quarantine, would be done soon.