COVID: Labuan Sets Up Five More Vaccination Centres

LABUAN: Labuan is setting up five more vaccine administering centres (PPV) to expedite the vaccination exercise towards achieving herd immunity by the middle of July.

Labuan COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) chairman, Rithuan Ismail said the first new vaccination centre at the Labuan Matriculation College’s (LMC) Dewan Mutiara will commence operations tomorrow (for the college’s staff).

“This vaccination centre has the capacity to inoculate 1, 500 individuals per day in addition to the 1,100 inoculations at the two existing centres, namely, the two halls of the Public Works Department and Darul Kifayah.

“We want to expedite the vaccination exercise for at least 80 per cent of Labuan’s total population to achieve herd immunity by the middle of next month and the first in the country, as what Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa directed us to accomplish,” he told reporters at the LMC hall.

He said the four other new vaccination centres would be the Taman Mutiara Health Clinic with a capacity of 300 people per day and it would start operating next Monday (June 21), while the dates of operation of Dewan Utama of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) – Labuan International Campus (UMSKAL), the Fire and Rescue Department (Rancha-Rancha station) hall and Labuan rural health clinic would be decided soon, depending on the healthcare personnel strength.

Meanwhile, Labuan Health Department director, Dr Ismuni Bohari said if all the seven centres (including the two existing ones) were operating smoothly, the daily vaccination capacity could be increased to 5,000, bringing the tally to 120,000 in a month.

He said the increase of vaccination centres was to cater to the increase of 30,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses, scheduled to arrive in Labuan this week from Kuala Lumpur.

“We will be doubling our efforts to complete the vaccination exercise for the local folk as scheduled, before moving to the next phase for workers in the oil and gas-related sectors (non-Labuan residents) and refugees at the two UNHCR-sanctioned settlements of Kg Muslim and Kiamsam,” he added.

Dr Ismuni also said that the vaccination exercise here would go beyond the normal procedure to walk-in method with the cooperation of the People’s Representative Council (MPP), village heads and resident associations.

“On Friday, the new vaccination centre at the matriculation college will see nearby villagers coming for walk-in vaccination (through manual registration with MPP). After receiving the first dose of vaccine, our healthcare personnel will do the MySejahtera registration for them,” he added.

Dr Ismuni said drive-thru vaccination would also be implemented at two identified areas – the parking bays at Medan Selera Labuan and Labuan International Lawn Bowls Arena – and this method would only be for administering the second dose of vaccine.

National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had on June 14 said that about 30,000 doses would be delivered to Labuan to address the recent surge in infections on the island.