Pahang starts vaccinating teens on Monday

KUANTAN: The Covid-19 vaccination programme for teenagers aged 16 and 17 in Pahang will begin on Monday, said state health director Datuk Dr Nor Azimi Yunus.

Dr Nor Azimi, in a statement posted on her Facebook account, said the Pahang Health Department (JKNP) is coordinating the vaccination exercise with the state Education Department.

The administration of vaccines to teenagers in Pahang began on Sept 15 at five major hospitals involving those suffering from high-risk diseases.

The hospitals involved are Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan, Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh, Pekan Hospital, Lipis Hospital and Bentong Hospital.

Dr Nor Azimi said as of Thursday, a total of 960,126 people or 81.7% of the adult population of Pahang had been partially vaccinated while 691,258 people or 58.8% had been fully vaccinated.

Dr Nor Azimi said another 26,048 people had registered and are currently waiting for the vaccination.

“However, there are still 189,626 people or 16.1% who have yet to register (for vaccination).

“Based on the sufficient supply of vaccines, we are targeting 100% of the adult population to be vaccinated at least with one dose, by the end of this month,” she said.

She said based on the current performance, however, the targeted results may not be achieved as quickly hence various strategies have been put in place in all districts to boost the vaccination process, including implementing outreach programmes in almost all villages.

“Walk-in strategies have also been implemented in all districts.

“However, attendance for the first dose injection is still not reaching the target.

“The opportunities and space to get the injections are wide open,” she said.

Dr Nor Azimi noted that deaths from Covid-19 were heart-breaking as most involved individuals who had not been vaccinated.

In this regard, Dr Nor Azimi hopes that the residents of Pahang who have yet to be vaccinated, will grab this opportunity and reduce the severity of infections and deaths due to the Covid-19 virus. — Bernama

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