KUCHING: The vaccination programme for teenagers aged 16 and 17 in Tanjung Manis started on Friday (Sept 10) at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Belawai Dewan Sri Barong vaccination centre (PPV).
Starting as early as 9.30am, a total of 192 Form 4 and Form 5 students of SMK Belawai were expected to be vaccinated.
At the same time, 32 students who go to school outside Tanjung Manis and 16 teenagers who are not students were also listed to be vaccinated.
The programme, which was expected to end at 6pm, also involved 40 staff including healthcare workers, teachers, Rela personnel, police and volunteers.
Meanwhile, a total of 520 SMK Muara Tuang students also received their Covid-19 vaccine shots at SMK Kota Samarahan PPV on Friday.
According to Samarahan medical officer Dr Noryatini Merali, the three-day programme, which started on Thursday, involved students from SMK Kota Samarahan and SMK Muara Tuang.
At the same time, she reminded that only one parent or guardian is allowed to accompany the student.
“Students as well as parents and guardians should also bring along their identity cards, student medical cards (if any) and ensure their MySejahtera has been updated,” she added.
Meanwhile, a vaccine recipient Claudia Gita, 16, said she felt safer and relieved after receiving her (first dose) vaccine injection.
According to her, despite having been vaccinated, she will continue to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and hopes that other teenagers will not be afraid to receive the vaccine shots.
Claudia’s father, Gita Ata, 50, welcomed the programme and thanked the Sarawak government for taking efforts to vaccinate teenagers.
A total of 1,830 students in Samarahan district are expected to be vaccinated.