THE two-day National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for adolescents aged 16 and 17 on Sept 8 and 9 in Sibu district received good response.
Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee coordinator Dr Annuar Rapaee, during his Facebook Live session, noted that the number of students accepting the vaccine were more than those refusing it.
“Those who refused the vaccine on the first day made up 3.3% (57) of the total compared to the 83% (1,427) who received it.
“On the second day, those refusing was only 0.1% (15) while those vaccinated was 95% (1,563),” he said.
The remaining number either did not turn up for the vaccination or could not take it due to health reasons.
A total of 3,367 secondary school students from 14 national and private schools participated in the programme.
The vaccination centres included Sibu Civic Centre, Sibu Jaya Multipurpose Hall and Sibu Divisional Health Office Mobile service.
On another matter, Dr Annuar said those with heart problems, hypertension, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, asthma, cancer and kidney disease as well as smokers, the obese and those over 60 were most at risk.
“Many of these risk factors of developing severe Covid-19 can be controlled.
“So this is the best time to take good care of our health,” said Dr Annuar.
He advised people to constantly check their blood pressure and for smokers to give up the habit.
“Although people are still getting Covid-19 because of the Delta variant, vaccination prevents the cases from becoming serious,” he said.