KOTA KINABALU: Some 200 registered mountain guides and porters got their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday (July 8).
Their vaccination was conducted at Kinabalu Park in Kundasang, on the foothills of Mount Kinabalu.
Mount Kinabalu Mountain Guides Association chairman Danson Bulangai said the guides and porters were glad to finally receive their vaccines, while those who have yet to be called up for the immunisation can’t wait for their turn.
“We have submitted the list of names of our guides and porters with the hope that they will be called up earlier. On July 8, we got our first dose, ” he said when met after the event.
Danson said a total of 289 names were submitted even though some of them had also registered via the MySejahtera app.
“We hope more doses of the vaccine will be made available soon, so that we can all get our vaccination and work towards achieving herd immunity for the sake of our health and economic revival, ” he said.
Ranau Health officer Dr Fionna Vincent Bizini said they were glad that more people were willing to register for vaccination.
“This shows that more and more people want the vaccine, ” she said, and advised those who had registered but yet to be called up for their vaccination to be patient and as additional doses would arrive in Sabah.
She also said it was vital that all Sabah Parks staff received their full dose of the vaccine before tourism opened up to ensure that the risk of Covid-19 transmission could be minimised as mountain guides and porters as well as related staff deal with tourists and visitors from all around the world.
Meanwhile, the immunisation programme also saw the Mount Kinabalu Mountain Guides Association receive a RM30, 000 grant from the state Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry while the Mount Kinabalu Porters Association received RM20, 000 from Sabah Parks.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor who was present at the event also handed a RM300 one-off assistance aid to 290 mountain guides.