KOTA KINABALU: Vaccination centres (PPV) across Sabah are seeing an increase in the number of walk-in recipients following the state government’s announcement allowing teens to get jabbed against Covid-19.
State Health Department director Dr Rose Nani Mudin said reports from Thursday (Sept 16) morning indicated that many of the walk-ins were parents and their teenage children.
“This shows that people are aware of the importance of getting inoculated,” she said when contacted.
She urged parents who were still unsure about sending their children for vaccination to do so for the young ones' safety and protection, as well as for the community at large.
Dr Rose Nani said that of the new Covid-19 cases recorded each day, an average of 25% are aged between two and 17 years.
She said the state government is planning to conduct vaccination drives in schools soon to allow students to get their jabs more conveniently.
“Discussions are ongoing with the State Education director, and we hope to be able to introduce this before the end of this month,” she added.
At the Universiti Malaysia Sabah PPV, siblings Kelvin Aden Andrew Kantod, 17, and Kristin Adenny, 16, said they were happy to have received their first Pfizer shots there on Thursday.
“We got our vaccine earlier than expected and I hope my friends will get theirs soon too,” Kelvin said.
“With vaccination, we will be better protected against Covid-19, and even if we are exposed to it, we won’t suffer from severe effects compared to the unvaccinated,” Kristin said.
UMS vice chancellor Prof Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said the PPV aimed to administer 5,000 vaccine jabs on Thursday.
“We are glad to be part of this nationwide initiative to achieve herd immunity in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Fifteen-year-old Delson Dennison from Luyang, who had his jab with his 13-year-old brother, said he was glad to get the vaccine because after the second dose, he will have more freedom to go out and go to school.
“I can’t wait to be able to go back to school and meet my friends,” he said.
For 12-year-old Ming, he learned the importance of getting vaccinated from his parents, and felt great to get his first shot.
“After the jab, I felt a bit dizzy but after a short rest, I feel better already,” he said, adding that he also hopes to meet his friends and teachers again soon.