KUCHING: The public are thrilled to finally receive the long-awaited Covid-19 vaccines since the pandemic hit the country in March 2019.
People are seen wearing their immunity badges on social media, proudly posting videos and photos all over Facebook and Instagram with the ‘I am vaccinated’ cardboard and cotton cast in their arms to commemorate the moment.
Media frontliners from New Sarawak Tribune and Suara Sarawak also expressed their delight at being part of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, saying that they now feel more protected when executing their duties.
When asked about their overall experience during the vaccination process, the majority of them stated that the procedure was highly efficient thanks to all involved, including volunteers, doctors and nurses.
“Getting the jab was so quick, which was quite an experience for me. Waiting did not take long because the health professionals and nurses were helpful,” said Alverd Anyap.
“The flow of the system at Kozi Square PPV was smooth, the only drawback was the long queue to the registration stations and the lack of parking spaces in the centre,” said Allan Jay.
“The programme is systematic and although there is a slight wait, I understand this given that there were many people,” said Sarah Hafizah Chandra.
Both Allan and Sarah said they did not experience any negative side effects and that they were in excellent health after their vaccination.
“After 48 hours after my jab, I did not experience any side effect. I only have a good appetite but I’m not sure if this is considered a side effect,” said Allan.
“Fortunately, and strangely, I did not experience any pain or side effects after getting vaccinated, except for the injected upper arm feeling sore which is normal, I believe,” said Sarah.
However, Dania Errissya Ismaili and Hazirah did experience some discomfort.
“The pain was bearable, but the next day I was very sleepy and had a dry throat,” said Hazirah.
“I did not experience any discomfort, although I did feel a little fatigued after the jab and slept for a long time that night,” said Dania.
It is normal for the side effects to vary from one person to another, but if they are too severe, it is advisable to see the doctor for further checkups.
The media frontliners were full of words of encouragement, urging others to get vaccinated.
“Get yourself vaccinated for your own protection and also for your loved ones, we need to play our part to fight against Covid-19 in order to achieve herd immunity, said Alverd.
“Please do not delay your appointments and obtain any vaccine that is made available to you first, for your own safety,” said Hazirah.
“Please do not be swayed by the anti-vaccine propaganda and do your part in registering, we must stay united as a nation because our future is at stake,” said Dania.