KOTA KINABALU: Sabah journalists have started to get the first and second doses of their Covid-19 vaccine in phases.
Earlier, the names of media representatives were submitted and the state government forwarded it to the Sabah Health Department for consideration.
Some in Sandakan, Tawau and Labuan among others have received their jabs while yesterday, over 90 journalists in and around Kota Kinabalu received the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine.
Sabah Journalist Association chairman Datuk Muguntan Vanar thanked the state and Federal Government for letting media practitioners get vaccinated early.“About 330 media personnel will be getting their jabs in phases till early June, ” he said after getting his first dose of the vaccine at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
“I am no medical expert but I feel that the vaccination is the next best thing to stop the spread of this virus, ” Muguntan said.
He urged those who had yet to register for the vaccine to consider doing so soon.
The hospital’s chief assistant director Dr Wan Sherhan Seruji said getting vaccinated was the only way to go back to normal.
“We advise those who have not registered to do so. Let us make this immunisation programme a success so that we can put this pandemic behind us, ” he said.
He added that the hospital had not received any reports of people getting terrible side effects from the vaccine so far.