Vaccine: 1,000 Villagers From Four Labuan’s Villages Flock to New Vaccination Centre

LABUAN: A total of 1, 000 villagers from four villages here flocked to the newly-opened COVID-19 vaccine administering centre (PPV) at the Dewan Mutiara of Labuan Matriculation College (LMC) on its opening day today.

The villagers, with majority of them have registered in the MySejahtera application for vaccination but had yet to receive vaccination appointment are among those listed for the walk-in vaccination exercise coordinated by the people’s representative council (Majlis Perwakilan Penduduk [MPP].

The villages to go for the first round of the walk-in vaccination exercise today are Kampung Pohon Batu, Manikar, Lubok Temiang and Ganggarak.

MPP chairman Mohd Dzulfaizal Abd Manan said overwhelming response was prompted by the walk-in vaccination exercise.

“MPP had been entrusted to coordinate the walk-in vaccination exercise at this newly-opened PPV beginning today.

“We have set up a team for name checks at the main entrance of the PPV, and only individuals whose name were listed by the village heads or residential committee chairman that [submitted earlier to us] are allowed to enter the PPV compound,” he said to reporters at the LMC’s PPV site today.

Dzulfaizal said the second round [walk-in vaccination exercise) would involve four other villages of Lajau, Bukit Kuda, Kerupang and Pantai.

“Villages that are placed under total lockdown like Sungai Keling, Simpang Sahari in Kampung Bukit Kalam, water village of Kg Patau-Patau 1 and 2, Taman Perumahan Mutiara Sungai Bedaun, Layang-Layangan, Durian Tunjong and Kampung Tanjung Aru and certain part in the town centre would be handled by the healthcare personnel from Labuan Health Department,” he said.

He said the strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the walk-in vaccination exercise [from the main entrance to the hall] must be strictly adhered to prevent emergence of a new cluster.

Dzulfaizal said transportation [like bus] is being organised with the cooperation from the Royal Malaysian Air Force and Fire and Rescue Department to cater for those villagers without vehicle to the LMC’s PPV.

“However, we can do that, we need to get the SOPs or guidance from the Labuan Health Department before we can transport the villagers especially the senior citizens to the PPV here,” he said.

Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee is doubling its efforts for Labuan to achieve herd immunity by middle of July with the opening up five new PPV [with walk-in and drive-thru vaccination] and the delivery of 30, 000 COVID-9 vaccine dosses in the next few days.

Four other new vaccination centres to run are Taman Mutiara Health Clinic with capacity of 300 people per day [to start on Monday (June 21), while the date of operation of Dewan Utama of University Malaysia of Sabah (UMS) Labuan International Campus (UMSKAL), Fire and Rescue Department (Rancha-Rancha station) hall and Labuan rural health clinic would be decided soon and depend on the healthcare personnel strength.