SEMPORNA: The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine has arrived in Semporna and Tawau today via the land route from Kota Kinabalu to kickstart the first phase of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme in the districts next month.
Semporna district health officer Dr Shameer Khan Sulaiman told Bernama that the vaccine would be stored at the Semporna Health Clinic.
“A total of 1,397 frontline personnel will receive their first dose of the vaccine in March,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tawau Municipal Council president Arnold Joibi said nine locations including in Kalabakan have been identified as the vaccination centres for the first phase of the immunisation programme in the district.
Bernama checks at the Tawau Tanjung Market found several traders were hoping to be vaccinated as soon as possible so that life and business will return to normal.
Naterhasan Ibnu, 25, said the vaccination was important not only for traders but also for all residents who frequently visit the market.
“Being the largest market in the district, the Tanjung Market is definitely the public’s choice to shop for their daily necessities and therefore, I should get vaccinated early as other frontliners,” he said.
A vegetable seller, Norazizah Arsyad, 40, said traders were prone to COVID-19 infection and their daily income would be affected 100 per cent if the market had to be close often due to COVID-19.
Fishmonger Chong Fui Lan, 52, was thankful as the much-awaited vaccine to protect the people from COVID-19 has finally arrived in Malaysia.
The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme in Sabah will be launched by Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor, who will become the first vaccine recipient in the state, on March 4.