Jabs for students aged 16 and 17 to be completed by Monday

Students waiting their turn to be vaccinated under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme for adolescents at Dewan Milenium in Kepala Batas, Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

VACCINATION for students aged 16 and 17 is expected to be completed before school reopens on Monday, said Penang Education Department director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad.

He said at the daily rate of 500 students vaccinated at each vaccination centre (PPV), a total of 10 PPVs in the state would mean that 5,000 students were getting their jabs daily.

“We are getting good commitment from all agencies involved at all the PPVs.

“Form Five students have been vaccinated and we are moving to Form Four and next, Form Three. Everything is on the right track.

“Be rest assured, teachers as well as bus drivers and canteen operators too will be vaccinated when school reopens.

“All students registered in MySejahtera are expected to be vaccinated by the end of October,” he told reporters.

He, however, declined to reveal current statistics of students being vaccinated.

Based on data from the Penang State Health Department, there are 43,000 teenagers aged 16 and 17 (students and non-students).

As of Sept 27, a total of 32,420 teenagers have received their first dose of the vaccine.

Earlier, Abdul Rashid and officers from the department visited homes of two students who passed away recently.

In Penaga on the Penang mainland, the team visited the home of Muhammad Taufiq Muizz Zulkeflee, 17, of SMK Seri Muda who died following a traffic accident on Sept 24.

His father Zulkeflee Zainol, 51, who is a retiree, said Muhammad Taufiq was involved in an accident in Pokok Sena while riding his motorcycle.

“As there was no physical schooling, Muhammad Taufiq felt bored at home and wanted to help the family by making additional income through a food delivery job.

“He was looking forward to returning to school but the accident ended his journey,” said Zulkeflee.

Muhammad Taufiq, who crashed head-on with a car, succumbed to injuries and died after being warded for six days in the hospital.

On Penang island, aid was also delivered to Nor Izzah Izhani Azizan’s house in Batu Maung, where she lived with her mother Anita Daud, 45.

Anita, who is a security supervisor, said Nor Izzah was a top scorer in SMK Batu Maung prior to her death.

Distraught over the loss, Anita declined to speak further.

Nor Izzah was reported to have died due to liver failure.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rashid said this year, the state Education Department had disbursed RM517,300 in various welfare aid to underprivileged students.

Among them was RM182,000 under the Back To School programme by Petronas for 700 students.

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