Villagers in Kedah receive their doses on board mobile vaccination bus

DROVES of villagers from Kampung Padang Hassan in Kota Setar, Alor Setar, Kedah, showed up to get their second dose on board a mobile vaccination bus parked at the open space of Al-Husna Mosque.

The village’s Rukun Tetangga chairman Rahanah Ismail, 60, said a total of 313 villagers received their second doses at the session.

She said that Kampung Padang Hassan was selected as one of the locations for the Community Vaccine Mobilisation (Movak) programme and supported by the state government and Kota Setar Covid-19 Immunisation Special Task Force (CITF).

Rahanah said 350 villagers received their first dose on July 15.

“On Aug 5, only 313 villagers turned up for their second dose as some of them had tested positive for Covid-19 or were close contacts,” she said when met at the mosque grounds.

Kota Setar, Pokok Sena and Padang Terap unity officer Mohamed Zaizuman Zainal Abidin said 18 medical frontliners including three doctors from the health clinics of Langgar, Pokok Sena, Bandar (Alor Setar), Jalan Putra and Simpang Kuala took part in the vaccination drive at Kampung Padang Hassan.

Similar mobile vaccination programmes to conduct second dose vaccinations will be held at Pusat Komuniti Desa, Desa Keda Kampung Bukit in Pokok Sena on Thursday, Kampung Datuk, Mukim Tekai Kiri in Padang Terap on Sunday, SK Mahang, Kulim (Aug 18), Kampung Mengkuang Hujung in Baling (Aug 19), SK Sungai Batu in Bandar Baharu (Aug 25) and Pejabat Penghulu Sala Besar in Yan (Aug 28).

The programme initiated by the National Unity Ministry saw the transformation of 10 passenger buses into Mobile Vaccination Centres (PPV) to help the government expedite vaccination drives nationwide.

The buses are deployed in several states including Johor, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kedah, Perak, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.

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