Pangkor joins virus-free project

Closer to recovery: Nancy (centre) and taxi operator representatives holding up signs promoting the Covid-19 Free Destination programme during a work visit to Pulau Pangkor. Also present is state housing, local government and tourism committee chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi (right). — Bernama

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

To reach herd immunity in Pulau Pangkor, at least 8,026 residents were eligible for vaccination out of the total 11,500 members of the population estimated to be living on the island, the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

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

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the Manjung district health office had started an outreach programme on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The programme, which started on July 16, will run for eight consecutive weeks with the aim of vaccinating 450 people daily.

The vaccination outreach programme in Pulau Pangkor involves cooperation between the ministry, the Manjung district and land office, as well as the district health office.

The statement said that under Phase Two of the ministry’s recovery plan, Pulau Pangkor was chosen as part of the pilot programme for the Covid-19 Free Destination initiative.

The ministry had also discussed with other relevant departments about widening the scope of the programme to other tourist destinations such as Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Pangkor, Pulau Tioman and other holiday islands under Phase Two of the plan.

Meanwhile, under Phase Three of the ministry’s recovery plan, Pulau Langkawi has been chosen as the pilot destination for the Covid-19 Free Destination programme before this is expanded to the other islands classified under Phase Two.

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