The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Labuan media workers among first vaccinated


LABUAN: Ten media representa­tives and several healthcare personnel were among the first group to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine under the National Immunisati­on Programme in Labuan yesterday.

Others joining the queue were Labuan Corporatio­n Advisory Council chairman Senator Datuk Bashir Alias, Labuan MP Datuk Rozman Isli, Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee chairman Rithuan Ismail, Labuan police chief DSP Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani and Labuan National Security Council director Mohd Hafiez Daud.

Members of the media were from the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and the Informatio­n Department, all based in Labuan.

Yesterday’s immunisati­on programme commenced at the Membedai Health Clinic, with Labuan health director Dr Ismuni Bohari getting the first jab, followed by other local leaders, 15 healthcare personnel and other government heads.

Bashir, when launching the immunisati­on programme, said that the first phase would run until April, and be followed by the second phase until August (for senior citizens aged 60 and above and vulnerable groups with morbidity problems as well as persons with disabiliti­es (PwD), with the third phase to commence from May this year until February next year. “The immunisati­on exercise would cover the approximat­ely 103,000 total population in Labuan, and is scheduled to run until February next year,” he said.

The first batch of 4,680 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine for Labuan arrived safely at the Labuan Ro-Ro Ferry Terminal on Friday, and the first phase would involve 2,340 healthcare and non-healthcare frontliner­s, local leaders and Labuan-based media representa­tives.

Labuan Hospital staff, doctors and nurses will receive the vaccine beginning tomorrow at the hospital premises, with its director Dr Adnan Musa Balidran to receive the first shot.

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