Pangkor to achieve herd immunity by September, slated for tourism recovery plan pilot project

PETALING JAYA: The vaccination rate for Pulau Pangkor is expected to reach 80% by early September, as the idyllic island resort has been selected to be in the Covid-19 Free Destination programme pilot project by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry.

To reach herd immunity, at least 8,026 residents need to be vaccinated out of the total 11,500 population, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday (July 25).

As of July 11, a total of 1,002 people had received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine while 1,056 people completed both doses. A further 5,968 people have yet to be vaccinated.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the Manjung district health office was conducting an outreach programme every Friday, Saturday and Saturday for eight consecutive weeks from July 16 with the aim of vaccinating 450 people daily.

"Based on Manjung Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) records, the administration of first doses is expected to be completed on Aug 8.

"Pulau Pangkor is expected to reach 80% herd immunity in early September," she added.

The vaccination outreach programme in Pulau Pangkor is a collaboration of the ministry with the district Health and Land offices.

The ministry said Pulau Pangkor was chosen for the Covid-19 Free Destination initiative pilot project as part of its recovery plan.

The ministry is in discussions to extend the initiative to other tourist destinations such as Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Tioman and Pulau Langkawi in subsequent phases of its recovery plan.

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