New Straits Times
‘TEACHERS SHOULD SET GOOD EXAMPLE TO COMMUNITY’
Four who received jabs yesterday urge fellow teachers to support vaccination drive
“BY being inoculated, I hope more people will have confidence in the vaccine. At the same time, I want to show my support for the efforts to eradicate Covid-19 in the country,” said teacher Badaruddin Yahya.
The 42-year-old said this after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine yesterday as part of Phase 1 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
The English teacher of SK Putrajaya Presint 11 (1) is one of four teachers who received the vaccine, together with Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin, at the Putrajaya Health Office here.
About 55,539 teachers nationwide in the high-risk category will receive the vaccine against Covid-19 in Phase 1 of the programme.
Badaruddin said the immunisation programme was a good initiative, adding that as teachers they should support the effort and set an example to the community.
Another teacher, Chan Han Hua, from SMK Bandar Sunway, said she was grateful to be chosen to receive the injection but admitted she felt nervous prior to getting the shot.
“I had mixed feelings initially. But I am glad that I took the vaccine because I can now return to school to be face to face with my fellow teachers and students,” she said, adding that the vaccine would protect her and the people around her.
The 52-year-old Mathematics teacher said she spent time reading up on the Covid-19 infection and the vaccine, which prompted her to take the jab, a decision that was supported by her family.
Suguna Devi Peariasamy, an English and Japanese language teacher at SMK Putrajaya Precinct 11 (1), said despite being nervous, she was grateful for the opportunity to protect herself, family, fellow teachers and students from the virus.
Sharing her sentiment was Che Zaini Mat Daud, a Year One teacher of SK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1), who decided to take the vaccine to ensure her students’ health as physical classes would commence tomorrow.
“I hope more teachers will receive the vaccine. The whole process took less than 10 seconds.”
The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme kicked off on Feb 24 and will be implemented in three phases.