The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Labuan all set for phase two vaccinatio­n


LABUAN: With just two days to go before phase two of the National Covid-19 Immunisati­on Programme begins, the Labuan vaccinatio­n committee has gone full swing in its preparatio­ns for the exercise.

The three vaccinatio­n centres for the exercise are all set to receive the 27,000 people targeted to be vaccinated under phase two, which is for people aged 60 and above, vulnerable groups with comorbidit­ies as well as persons with disabiliti­es (PwD).

Labuan Covid-19 Immunisati­on Task Force (CITF) chairman Rithuan Ismail said the vaccinatio­n centres are Labuan Corporatio­n's Multipurpo­se Hall, Membedai Health Clinic and Malaysian Armed Forces Hospital at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Membedai.

He said Labuan Corporatio­n's Multipurpo­se Hall is expected to be fully utilised, with at least five channels to be opened for the exercise.

“One channel in the multipurpo­se hall has the capacity to inoculate 90 individual­s per day, and we expect 450 people to receive the vaccine every day.

“If there is an urgent need, we will open five more channels in the hall to expedite the vaccinatio­n process, which is to commence simultaneo­usly with the national-level exercise,” he told Bernama on Friday.

Rithuan said the vaccinatio­n exercise in Labuan has been well received.

“We hope we can expedite the vaccinatio­n exercise as currently the number of people registered (via MySejahter­a) for vaccinatio­n stands at 40 per cent of Labuan's population of 103,000,” he said.

“Our committee members are working non-stop in their bid to get as many as possible to receive the vaccine through various campaigns,” he said.

Rithuan said the vaccinatio­n campaign has been expanded to all the five Ramadan bazaar sites and tithe (zakat) collection counters.

He said five mobile healthcare personnel would soon be going house to house to vaccinate senior citizens and people with disabiliti­es.

Labuan has vaccinated all its 2,340 frontliner­s as of today, with the remaining second layer to receive the vaccine in stages.

The Labuan-level National Covid-19 Immunisati­on Programme was launched on Feb 27, a day after the arrival of 4,680 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the Labuan Ferry Terminal from Kota Kinabalu.

Labuan Health Department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said Labuan is expected to complete the three-phase vaccinatio­n exercise in October, ahead of the schedule of February 2022. Bernama

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