Students looking forward to returning to school

IPOH: Students here who have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine can’t wait to get back to school.

SMK Aminuddin Baki student Inderjeet Singh, 17, said he felt safer going out now.

“Getting vaccinated means I can go back to school. I am looking forward to this as I am scheduled to sit for my SPM next year.

“Some of my classmates are nervous about getting the jab, but we do feel excited to be among those who are vaccinated,” he said at the Stadium Indera Mulia public vaccination centre (PPV) yesterday.

At least 1,623 individuals, mostly schoolchildren, got their first dose while 3,232 received their second dose at the PPV.

Many students were seen waiting for their turn, with most arriving as early as 9am.

Wesley Methodist School student Pon Hao Er, 16, said she also looked forward to getting back to school.

“While I have adapted well to online learning, I will say it is better if we get to meet our teachers face to face.

“With online learning, we need to have good gadgets and Internet connections to ensure a smooth learning experience,” she said, adding that being the only child, she was the last in her family to get vaccinated.

Another student from SMK Aminuddin Baki, Nur Shahira Abdullah, said she hoped she would not suffer any severe side effects.

“The process was really smooth. All the frontliners have done a great job assisting us and making it a great experience.

“I have classmates who were initially worried, but everyone feels happy now that we are vaccinated.

“So far, I don’t feel nauseated or in pain. Most of my family members have received their first dose and none had any adverse effects, so I hope it will be the same for me too,” she added.

Nur Shahira said she was so excited about the vaccination that she prepared an outfit to commemorate the day.

“Just like other teens, I have been looking forward to this day. My friends and I planned our attire accordingly as it is a big day for us,” she said.

Perak education committee chairman Ahmad Saidi Mohamad Daud said 13,727 teenagers have received their first dose since Monday.

He said the state government will continue to assist the state health and education departments to ensure the vaccination programme runs smoothly.

“The response from parents has been encouraging and beyond our expectations. Some parents came to the vaccination centres to ask whether they can register their children for the vaccine,” he said, adding that there are 41 vaccination centres for teenagers in Perak.

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