MIRI (June 27): A total of 1,639 people from Ba Kelalan, Long Semadoh and Long Sukang have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine during a week-long vaccination drive conducted by two combat medic vaccination teams (CMVT), said Limbang Resident Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi.
According to him, Long Semadoh recorded the highest number of people receiving their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine with 776 people.
“In Ba Kelalan, a total of 465 people received their first dose while in Long Sukang, which was being administered by the second CMVT saw 398 people receiving their first dose,” he said.
The first CMVT comprised of two doctors and seven paramedics were flown into the hinterland using an armed forces helicopter on June 21. The first team covered Ba Kelalan and Long Semadoh.
As for Long Sukang, Ahmad Denney said it was handled by another CMVT comprising of two doctors and nine paramedics for two days from June 25 until 26.
He said the vaccination drive, which ended yesterday was a success, with no report of anyone who did not want to be vaccinated.
Long Semadoh folk waiting for their turn to be vaccinated at the Long Semadoh Rayeh community hall where CMVT conducted a two-day vaccination drive from June 25 to 26.
In fact, Ahmad Denney said he received reports that the response from the rural folk towards the the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) was overwhelming and they were very supportive towards the vaccination programme.
He said a total of 73,923 people were in the targetted group to be vaccinated for both Limbang and Lawas districts.
“Out of the number, 40,797 people were in Limbang, while the remaining 33,126 people were in Lawas. As of June 24, 17,478 people had received their first dose in Limbang while 5,611 had completed their two doses,” he added.
In Lawas, he said 37,963 had been given their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 9,988 people had completed their two dose as of June 24.
Ahmad Denney added that there are four vaccinations centers (PPVs) in Limbang, while Lawas has 12 PPVs.