KOTA KINABALU: Journalists in Sabah began receiving their first and second dose of their Covid-19 vaccine in phases starting last month.
The names of media personnel were submitted and arranged by the state government to the state Health Department for consideration earlier on.
Some in Sandakan, Tawau and Labuan, among others, have received their jabs while on Thursday (May 6), over 90 journalists in and around Kota Kinabalu received the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine.
Sabah Journalist Association chairman Datuk Muguntan Vanar, in thanking the state and Federal government for allowing media practitioners to get vaccinated early, said over 300 media personnel are scheduled to receive their jabs.
“About 330 media personnel will be getting their jabs in phases until early June this year, ” he said after getting his first dose of the vaccine at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
He said this is a positive effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Asked about the supposed false news with regards to the effects of the vaccination, he said he would not use the word "false news" because these are all just different personal views.
“I am not a medical expert, but I personally feel that vaccination is the best way to stop the spread of this virus, ” Muguntan said.
“Yes, there may be some negative effects but you still need to be vaccinated to protect not only yourself but those around you, so I wouldn’t use the word ‘false news’ per-se, but just alternative views, ” he added.
He urged those who have yet to register for the vaccine to consider doing it soon.
QE II chief assistant director Dr Wan Sherhan Seruji said getting vaccinated is the way to bring the society back to their previous norms of life.
“We advise those who have not registered to do so, let us make this immunisation programme a success so that we can get out of this pandemic, ” he said.
He said for the hospital itself, there have been no major reports of people getting terrible side effects from the vaccine so far.