MIRI: The Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) team led by Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin yesterday (Sept 19) visited Curtin University Hall vaccination centre (PPV) and Eastwood Valley Hall vaccination centre (PPV).
The purpose of the visit was to review the Covid-19 Vaccination ‘Mopping-Up’ Programme for teenagers aged 16 and 17 who have not yet received the vaccination injection so far.
According to Lee, who is also the Minister in charge of the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC), among the reasons the students have not been vaccinated are that they do not go to the PPV for some reasons, have contraindications (a sign that the vaccine cannot be given due to harmful effects), refuse to receive the vaccine and have obesity-related comorbidities.
The Covid-19 Vaccination ‘Mopping-Up’ Programme will be implemented from Sept 19 to 20 from 8am to 5pm at all PPVs in the Miri Division.
“If you are between the ages of 16 and 17, please get vaccinated immediately. School-going teenagers who are eligible should go to the designated PPV halls in the schools while non-school-going teenagers can opt for walk-ins at any nearby PPVs, such as Curtin University Hall, Eastwood Valley Hall, Bekenu Community Hall, Sepupok Niah Community Hall, Beluru Community Hall, Marudi Suarah Hall, Long Lama Open Hall, and Long San Health Clinic,” said Lee.
He said parents or guardians must accompany the children who will be vaccinated and must bring the children’s identity documents, along with the parents’ and guardians’ identification documents as well as the child’s medical records (if any).
Previously, 30 secondary schools in the Miri Division were involved in administering the vaccines to teenagers aged 16 to 17 for three days from Sept 10; they included 19 secondary schools in the Miri district, five in the Subis district and the rest in the Baram area, namely in the Marudi district, the Beluru district and the Telang Usan district.
Following the visit, Lee and the other Miri DDMC delegates also visited the Miri Hospital PPV to see the Covid-19 vaccination rollout which was administered to all teenagers aged 12 to 17 with comorbidities.
“At the Miri Hospital, the Covid-19 vaccination injection is only provided to students aged 12 to 17 who have comorbidities, which is a condition in which a person has more than two diseases at the same time, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, OKU, and obesity.
“The vaccine will be administered at the Miri Hospital on Saturday and Sunday according to the scheduled appointments. The District Education Office and schools have also provided a list of adolescents with these obese comorbidities for vaccination at the Miri Hospital,” explained Lee.
Also present during the visit were Acting Resident of Miri Division Jamalie Busri; Miri Divisional Health Officer Dr P. Raviwharmman Packierisamy; Director of Miri Hospital Dr Jack Wong Siew Yu, as well as departments and agencies under the Miri DDMC.